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

Fun place to get a taste of China! There is great food, fun stores and lots to see. We also stopped at the Chinatown gate which is a great photo spot

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Shira S
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Fun place to get a taste of China! There is great food, fun stores and lots to see. We also stopped at the Chinatown gate which is a great photo spot

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

You can really feel like you are in another city, when visiting China town in SF. Make sure you buy fresh herbs or spices from a vendor. Find the Fortune cookie factory, and if you find a great meal along the way...JACKPOT! I will never reveal my secret dining location in this neighborhood...it's too good.

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Thank Brent T
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

First time here and it was really fun to visit. Left with a lot of good goodies and souvenirs. It was a very hot day and everyone was super friendly.

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Thank Adilene B
Poinciana, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Took an audio tour with Detour and it took us down alleys to find a fortune cookie factory, murals, and inconsistent consecutive addresses (not telling you why!) on the main strip Canton Bazaar is the tourist souvenir shop extraordinaire. Plenty of restaurants. Bought truly inexpensive cookies and candies at a store where we were the only tourists. Explore! Friendly!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It's easy to spend a good part of a day here. Chinatown wasn't what I remembered. There's not much variety between the stores. My friends did find a nice bar for beverages.

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Thank Trish G
Luseland, SK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We took a guided 'walking tour' that came with 3 walking tours included in a 2 day Big Bus pass. It was worthwhile & provided more information than going it alone. We heard of the history, customs, culture & had a taste of fortune cookies that could be special ordered to preference & fortune message. We then returned to our... More 

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Hamburg, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Most tourists walk through Chinatown coming from Union Square throught the China Town Gate. In this area you find a lot of tourists spot. We went the other way and saw the real China Town, with lots of local restaurants. Start by walking up Stockton Road.

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Arlington, Virginia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Run down stores and restaurants. We found one restaurant that seemed clean enough to have lunch, which was very nice. The stores are all pretty well stocked with the same merchandise. Not worth a second visit.

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Ketchum, Idaho
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is full of restaurants, hills and paper/bamboo umbrellas. Come and enjoy yourself it is part of the local experience....and definately eat here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

For the vast majority of Americans, who have not been in Asia, this is the closest thing to being in China or Hong Kong. First there seems to be millions of Chinese. The signs and languages are frequently not in English. The odors and food choices do not resemble a trip to PF Chang's. I've spoken to a number of... More 

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Chinatown
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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