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Chinatown

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Address: Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone Number: 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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"Vibrant and busy"

Got some really good shopping done here. There were some great closing down sales. China town is just as busy even during the night with all venders open for business. Chinese... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Apia, Samoa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Got some really good shopping done here. There were some great closing down sales. China town is just as busy even during the night with all venders open for business. Chinese food at its best.

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a fun part of the city and should be seen, but is it really any different to the China town in London or New York, i don't think so, maybe it's a bit bigger but that's just about it , there are many restaurants and shops, fun to look at and to get some food , but there... More 

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Miami Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Wonderful place to spend a couple of hours. We started at the dragons gate, it's an archway over the street signifies the entrance to Chinatown, great photo opportunity. Then we walked to a tea shop called Vital. Tasted some teas, delicious. Then saw the Fortune cookie factory, very cool. Lots of beautiful architecture and plenty of shops. Glad we went.

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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We took a tour that included Chinatown (walking very briskly through it!) so we didn't get the chance to meander like we hoped to. Having said that, Chinatown smells and looks beautiful with its vibrant flags and paper lanterns and some incredible aromas wafting in the air! It was a fascinating place! I only regret that we weren't able to... More 

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Lubbock, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Chinatown has its own charm. It was fun to see men scooping live fish out of tanks on trucks into buckets and carrying them into the fish market. Talk about fresh fish! The area is full of small stores overstuffed with all kinds of goods and open sidewalk vegetable vendors and many tiny Chinese food restaurants, many with menus only... More 

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Thank Ida K B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Love Chinatown! Love the shops! Lots to see. Great restaurants and bars. The good restaurants are full and have quite a wait list. Plan ahead and make reservations If possible or take it to go.

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Thank Jill W
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I visited Chinatown looking for a few curios for the family. I was a bit underwhelmed and battled to find an SF t-shirt for my 3 year old nephew - something I expected I would find easily. You can get magnets, t-shirts, hoodies etc. but you will need to look in most shops to find something that catches your eye.

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Thank Jonathan D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It felt like i was in China its self. The food tasted so authentic and traditional it's was yummy. It was so hard to believe that I was not in a real China place

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It's an amazing experience! Go thru the lions entrance and visit the stores because they have very interesting merchandise.

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Thank LaisSilva
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

You go into China Town and you are in china! Very culturally rich with products imported from China and authentic food. Great area to walk through and take pics. Go into the stores and see all the Chinese products you don't see in your local grocery store

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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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