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Address: Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone Number:
+1 888-212-3203
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

This electric neighborhood of 100,000 people is not to be missed, and it's...

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.

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Confusing but awesome!

Kind of confusing to get around... lots of construction around it. Wish they gave out a main map of the touristy stuff.... but i guess since it's an authentic working Chinatown... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Kind of confusing to get around... lots of construction around it. Wish they gave out a main map of the touristy stuff.... but i guess since it's an authentic working Chinatown, that defeats the purpose.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Whenever we come to SFnow we have to walk through Chinatown a few times to mingle with the people and their culture, which never changes. From antiques, jewelry and artifacts, walk both Grant Avenue and Stockton. Used to work in SF on Montgomery, and would walk up to Chinatown during lunch to eat, shop and mingle. Fascinating and fun.Good restaurants... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

the largest Chinese community outside china maintain their culture in many ways. The walking tour takes one to some of the hidden corners, one being the fortune cookie factory. There is no lack of choice for food as the many restaurants vy for customers and the street food is exellent (cash only) At night the park becomes a venue for... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Most days Chinatown is very busy. People are not particularly crowd conscious so be prepared to be pushed and have everyone trying to get on the bus while you are trying to get off. If you want to shop for Asian products, fresh fruit and vegetables then could be worth while otherwise it is the same as China towns around... More 

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Chico, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My husband and I wandered through Chinatown on Christmas Day. It was very lively, lots of people out and interacting. i spent half an hour in a grocery store buying items with congee only descriptions. So far we have been very pleased with everything I bought. High energy, lots to see.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Drop at gate from bus and did walk along street in China town. U have restaurants and shops line up. U get real cheap food ( cash only) and gift shops ( one dollar ). Enjoyed the hours.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

When I went there years ago (no option for 2010), chinatown was pretty crowded and a few Chinese people had a fight on a sidewalk over something. Other than that, its a pretty cultural experience with anime shops and Chinese shirts and fans.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I really wanted to see Chinatownm and the first one a saw was in San Francisco. But it really disappointed me. I don't think this place should be included in the sightseeing, only if you have planty of time and nothing else to do. Normal streets with a lot of chinese people, chinese restaurants (not so good ones) and chinese... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited for a short time on a rainy afternoon. I couldn't believe how many people were out on such a wet day. The stores were crowded and the people were loud. Really something to experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Walking through China town was amazing. Felt safe. Lots of great food options. Everbody is friendly and helpful. Authentic food and culture!@

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As the oldest in North America, San Francisco's Chinatown is an exotic experience. A unique neighborhood decorated with colorful shops, historic streetlights, hanging lanterns, and pagoda roofs awaits behind the stone-carved dragon gates. Feast on dim sum at the tea houses, or meet the locals who gather at historic Portsmouth Square to play chess or practice Tai Chi. Fish markets, produce stands, tourist shops, jewelry stores, fortune tellers, temples and restaurants come together to create a world unto itself in this historic neighborhood.
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