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Address: 750 Kearny St, Third Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108-1809
Phone Number: +1 415-986-1822
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco offers multiple unique walking...

The Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco offers multiple unique walking tours uncovering the cultural, historical, and contemporary movements of the Chinatown community.

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Amazing tour

The tour surpassed my expectations in all respects. Julia, our tour guide, is incredibly passionate about Asian studies and has a MS in this field. I would listen to her all day... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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San Francisco, California

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The tour surpassed my expectations in all respects. Julia, our tour guide, is incredibly passionate about Asian studies and has a MS in this field. I would listen to her all day long! The tour was fun and very informative at the same time. I highly recommend it. It's one of the best walking tours I took in San Francisco.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Our tour today was great with guide Julia! She is very knowledgeable about the history of Chinese-Americans in San Francisco, particularly regarding social justice. The tea tasting, herbal store, temple visit, and fortune cookie factory were a nice addition as well. I highly recommend this tour!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our tour guide Julia was incredibly well versed in the history of Chinatown and the history of the Chinese who inhabit the area. She has a passion for the Chinese people and their culture. She is also a lot of fun! Julia tailored the tour to her audience and went above and beyond showing us the sites she thought would... More 

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Shaker Heights, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a wonderful surprise and a highlight of our San Francisco visit. History, architecture, politics, local life all in an afternoon. We strolled with our guide who brought Chinatown to life with stories of the immigrants who lived there.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is one of the best walking tours I have ever taken anywhere--and I am a 3rd generation San Franciscan who thought I "knew" Chinatown! We took our friends from Cleveland and we all so appreciated learning the history and current situation in Chinatown through our guide Darin who told personal stories entertwined with his incredible knowledge and love for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

We took the walking tour on a wet Friday afternoon and it was the best part of our day. Our docent, Julia, was amazingly well informed and very enthusiastic about the history and social justice aspects of China Town. The tour was a little over 2 hours and was worth every penny. We were part of a very small group... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

I really enjoyed this tour…… From the very beginning the Chinese Culture Center staff was so very kind and welcoming. The guide for this tour, a fifth generation Chinese American, was very engaging and extremely knowledgeable about trials and tribulation that happened throughout the centuries with development of Chinatown. I have been a neighbor of Chinatown since the seventies and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

I ended being the only visitor this morning & had a great private tour with Julia. Even though I have lived in the Bay Area for many years, have walked SF Chinatown many times, and had previously taken a commercial Chinatown walking tour, I learned so much more on this tour. Julia's knowledge of local and general Chinese-American history, the... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016

What a fascinating afternoon in SF. My tour with Julia offered insights into the Chinese culture & immigration/discrimination issues seldom revealed in traditional tourist walks. The tour left me wanting to know more about this city which I have visited for years, but never really explored from such an historic perspective. 2 hours was not long enough, but the walk... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016

Alright, let’s be real. Everyone hates tourists clogging up the streets of San Francisco Chinatown. BUT the difference between this tour and the other ones is that this one is actually presented by a Chinese-American from the perspective of local Chinatown residents. You don’t come to gawk and fetishize Chinese culture. You’re coming to learn about the incredible history of... More 

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The Financial District lies just east of Chinatown but can seem a world apart given it’s San Francisco’s version of Wall Street. The rush of business people make up a hectic weekday and add to a frenetic pace of life, but visitors who spend a few hours walking the narrow streets will be rewarded with fine examples of historic and contemporary architecture, including the iconic Transamerica Pyramid. After business hours, bars and restaurants quickly fill up with happy hour revelers. Stocks aren’t the only kind of market being followed, the Ferry Building Marketplace on the Embarcadero is a gourmet food emporium and farmers market that will satisfy anyone working up an appetite.
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