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..!
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