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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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Fascinating place to wander through, one of the better China towns I've been too. However it is full of trashy Chinese junk shops, glass shops that store owners will letch onto... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
D P
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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20 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is the largest Chinatown I have visited, probably standing over 20 blocks. Lots of selections of bakeries, restaurants to choose from.

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Thank Herman N
Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Fascinating place to wander through, one of the better China towns I've been too. However it is full of trashy Chinese junk shops, glass shops that store owners will letch onto you as you enter but also some very nice gift shops amongst them all.

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Toronto, Canada
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21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a great day here. So many cheap shops and interesting things to see. Streets aren't steep unlike some San Fran areas. Walkable but crowded. You must test your luck by placing a hand in the lions mouth at the gate- hopefully you are!! Get photos ops.

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Thank Melissa W
Norman,OK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Can be great if you're looking to eat Chinese food or buy little trinkets for kids. Great places to drink tea or booze. It's fun to walk around and sight see

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Chagrin Falls, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We toured Chinatown with a City Guide free tour. We learned so much more than we would have just walking around on our own, and could have all of our questions answered. The shops are fun to look through and it's hard not to leave with a little something.

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Thank Tracey G
Nhulunbuy, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Pleased we visited. We saw some unique things and some great little shops. We purchased some items that seemed to be good prices.

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Armidale, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved it! Worth the visit. Not sleazy, hundreds of restaurants and Asian shops and services. A bit like visiting an Asian shopping area in an Asian country. The food was amazing and everyone spoke English, which helped me!

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I really enjoy walking around the neighborhood. It was clean, people was friendly and they have very fascinating stories. A lot of shops where you can buy your souvenirs! PS: I was with a guided tour, so maybe that makes a difference.

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Thank pAuLiMoR
Mauldin, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I suggest waiting and heading there around lunch. Walk a while and enjoy the shops. Great places to eat and lots to see regardless of the day

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Felt like we were back in China! Worth a visit, lots of authentic food with lots of local Chinese people in there (always a good sign) and overpriced Chinese souvenirs!

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Thank Ben L

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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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