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Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94108 (Chinatown)
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Ranked #96 of 375 Attractions in San Francisco
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Type: Neighborhoods
Activities: Dining, Shopping, City walk sightseeing
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Traveler Description: San Francisco's Chinatown is the largest outside of Asia.  It is a place many visitors want to see and put high on their list of places to go.  But... more »
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Sao Paulo, SP
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

San Francisco's Chinatown is just like any other Chinatown in the USA: crowded, noisy, dirty, with very cheap food and great for buying cheap souvenirs.

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Chinatown was recommended to me by a local and it did not disappoint. Very unique restaurants and fruits and vegetables I've never seen. Streets and most stores (even chains) are in both English and Chinese. Souvenirs were very cheap. Can't wait to go back!

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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

It's been a few years since I've been to Chinatown and yet I only live an hour and a half away. We were lucky in that we got to see the Blue Angels over the weekend flying over Chinatown as well. I love of course all of the tea shops and wish I could take samplings of every kind of... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Really enjoyed Chinatown. Lots and lots of shops and eateries. Prices are reasonable and you can haggle with the shop owners. We just got back from China in mid-July, and our venture through Chinatown had many of the same shop items we saw in China. This is a way to experience a little bit of China, without traveling to Asia.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Shops, shops, shops and restaurants. I must admit that the place is colourful, but I saw many Chinatowns and this one was just average. I liked tea shops though :) San Francisco has many other attractions that I would rather see.

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Lincoln, NE
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

I visited thje bay area April 2009 and am just getting to writing my reviews now...... This was a new experience for me, very neat to see. The people were very nice and friendly, although sometimes there was a language barrier, but I kinda expected that. Lots of shops to look around in and just stroll thru.

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sturgeon bay wi
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Lots of sights, smells, and sounds. However if you have to use a restroom and ask one of the business's you will either get we don't have one or try another place , or last but not least you will have to purchase something. If you have a medical condition it did not matter with any of the shop owners...to... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

San Francisco's Chinatown is bigger than other Chinatowns in the U.S. but in a city that is nearly 20% populated by Chinese it seems a little anachronistic to have an ethnic ghetto neighborhood.

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Ok, so buy a cheap trinket, dry heave from the smell of dried and not so dry fish, and eat in a marginal restaurant. But, you can totally take in the sites, and say you've been there.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

My friend and I stumbled into China town during our walk up to Nob Hill (that was not a smart idea). The streets of China town have red lanterns hanging overhead, giving it a real atmosphere. The neighborhood was smaller than I had imagined, covering only a few blocks. There were several tourist souvenir shops along the street. We didn't... More

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