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“A TASTE OF CHINA....” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chinatown

Chinatown
Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94108 (Chinatown)
888-212-3203
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Ranked #86 of 317 Attractions in San Francisco
Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
Activities: Dining, Shopping, City walk sightseeing
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This electric neighborhood of 100,000 people is not to be missed, and it's not hard to find: listen for the clack of mahjongg tiles and nose out the salty spicy squid.
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“A TASTE OF CHINA....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

When we first went there it was raining all morning, and of course most of the shops don't open until 10 o' clock, so we didn't get to fully appreciate it until later on and what a transformation. The sights, smells, sounds just made you forget you were in America, everything is so much cheaper than say fisherman's wharf which isn't hard. when you consider Chinatown supplies all the souvenirs down there, so it makes sense to buy everything here instead and save a fortune. As for eating well this is a buyers market as there are literally hundreds of restaurants everywhere and not just Chinese, here you will also find family run Chinese bakeries selling some mouth watering delicacies things i would never find back in Scotland. Don't just walk up the main streets and say "was that it" do go down the side alleys and marvel at the shops selling just about everything that walks, swims, crawls, or flys.! And these people will let you barter the prices down which is brilliant. As for eating well lets just say this is real Chinese food and not the crap i get served back home which is full of chemicals and too much salt etc, we ate just about everywhere here including a Vietnamese restaurant, the big highlight here though was the Chinese New Year Parade which is thee big one and this didn't disappoint either. We stood for an hour waiting and thinking this will only last an hour or so, how wrong were we? 3 hours later it finished but what a parade this was, well worth the wait and so colourful as only the Chinese could put on.!
We visited Chinatown several times and were still finding new things to see and do including plenty of shopping as the prices were really good, It's also quite easy to get to as just about all public transport goes here, i noticed some people say it's dirty and crowded and so on but try Saigon in Vietnam as we did last year, and some people should really get out a bit more i think and see the real World, as this Chinatown is up there with the ones in New York and Toronto which we too have visited, so enjoy this one as we did in San Francisco..!

Visited February 2013
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“Two days out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

What can i say, we live in Wales, and this place is bigger than our town. It is great .The character of the buildings, people , at night time it is so pretty. We spent two days visiting all the shops, and if you like chinese food, well what can i say, i thought my husband was going to look like a spare rib. This is a must see place, be prepared to walk as it covers a big area, which leads straight onto the Italian district, Yes thats right time for spagettiiiiiiiiii. Enjoy.

Visited April 2012
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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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“Feels like Hong Kong! ”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013 via mobile

Huge Chinatown with the biggest population of Chinese people outside of China. Interesting to walk around and soak in the atmosphere. Very colourful and vibrant part of the city.

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“Little China in SF”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

This must be one of the biggest china towns in the US. Very close to Union Square. You can either walk of jump on the cable car from the Square to reach. Distinctive structure of main gate will tell you are there. Walk all the way along the main street. Gift shops and all kind of Chinese items are sold at the stores along the main street. Best shops are in the middle part of the main street. You would spend at least 2 hours walking around China town.

Visited February 2013
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“Smells terrible and dirty”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

Well, one of the reasons we visited China town was to actually go and eat at one of the authentic Chinese restaurants,
Wow not a chance, couldn't force myself to eat where the windows are dirty along with the floors etc. If the areas you can see are dirty, I cant imagine the ones not exposed to the public would be like.
Sadly, speaking to the locals, my perceptions are not uncommon.

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