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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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Fun and good food

Interesting things to see, even if touristy. The fortune cookie factory was better than I expected. Fun gift shops, some with very nice things.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Chinatown is one the tourist attractions that one should see when visiting San Francisco. After reading a lot about it my expectations were pretty high but when we got there it did not really live up to the expectations. It was a crowdy area with lots to see but if you have been in one or two stores, you seen... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Interesting things to see, even if touristy. The fortune cookie factory was better than I expected. Fun gift shops, some with very nice things.

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Thank arthurl897
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

What a fun place I have never seen so much tacky fun stuff in one area in my whole life It's a must Most if the shops sell more or less the same We took 2 kids and they were in there element It's not changed for 35 years You have to go preferably at night

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This area of San Francisco is great and am here every time i am in the city, there is always something new to see or eat and get the cheapest foot massages around here (which is sooo necessary in this walking city), always a great start to an even more wonderful night.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago 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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Thank PacificJewell
Bedford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 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 3 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 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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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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