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Chinese Culture Center

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Address: 750 Kearny St, Third Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108-1809
Phone Number: 14159861822
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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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One of a kind Chinatown Tour

I lived in SF for many years and have taken a number of walking tours all over the city. Julia was my guide and she was fantastic. This tour is way more informative than other... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Los Angeles
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Los Angeles
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I lived in SF for many years and have taken a number of walking tours all over the city. Julia was my guide and she was fantastic. This tour is way more informative than other tours. Julia gave factual and psychological background information of the residents in the city which made the tour super enjoyable and relatable. Highly recommended!

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Berkeley, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Full disclosure: I signed up for a discounted tour in exchange for a review. Verdict - as a newcomer to the Bay Area, I learned a ton, starting from before California achieved statehood through the famous 1906 earthquake to today. I appreciated the mix of history, food, and slice-of-life experiences. The tour included a public square, a traditional medicine shop,... More 

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Chinese Culture C, Program Assistant at Chinese Culture Center, responded to this review

Hello green_d_walks! Thank you so much for your review! We're glad you learned so much on the tour and hope to see you again in the future! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our tour guide, Julia, provided our group with an extremely enlightening and captivating experience through Chinatown. Being new to the area, I wanted to buff up on my San Francisco history and I could not have picked a better way to do so. Julia not only had a comprehensive understanding of Chinatown’s historical significance to the city’s evolution into the... More 

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Chinese Culture C, Program Assistant at Chinese Culture Center, responded to this review

Hello Brian! Thank you so much for your review! It's awesome that you are interested in San Francisco's history and we are glad you decided to join us for a tour. We look forward to seeing you again in the future! More 

San Francisco, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the kids to the Chinese Culture Center's Chinatown Walking Tour on Saturday, and they loved the tour, as did we. Our tour guide, Julia, made it very interesting with her deep knowledge of Chinatown and the cultural issues of yesterday and today. Thanks to her, I now know where to go to see fortune cookies being made, where... More 

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Chinese Culture C, Manager at Chinese Culture Center, responded to this review

Dan: Thanks for your review! I'm glad your kids enjoyed it, as we have been putting a lot of thought into presenting "serious" history and social conditions in a way that is still enjoyable for the whole family. Isn't the Yick Wo story incredible? I've shared that story literally hundreds of times and never tire of it. If you are... More 

Berkeley, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A friend had recommended this tour to me. I didn't have high expectations- I've been to San Francisco's Chinatown countless times since childhood. But I was completely amazed on this tour! I saw and learned so many things I never knew- and couldn't believe I never knew. Julia was a great and friendly tour guide- extremely knowledgeable about the history... More 

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Chinese Culture C, Manager at Chinese Culture Center, responded to this review

Hello Sparkling Heaven! Thanks for the great review! I've worked in Chinatown for 30 years, mostly in youth development and now in arts & education, so it is personally very important that we give a meaningful introduction to Chinatown that helps our guests reflect on equality and social justice in our society as a whole...and that we do this in... More 

Prague, Hlavni Mesto Praha, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely outstanding! Our tour guide was Julia and she really showed us a interesting and informative time around Chinatown. As history lovers, my brother and I thought this would be great away to expand our knowledge on a topic we knew little about. Never would have guess how important Chinatown was to the development of SF. This tour really got... More 

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Chinese Culture C, Manager at Chinese Culture Center, responded to this review

Hello MDigel: Thank you so much for your review! My dad was a real California history nut. At the time I thought it was all pretty boring, but it eventually rubbed off and now I just laugh about the fact that here I am helping people engage with our collective history in California. I'm glad you got a sense of... More 

San Francisco, California
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having lived in the bay area all my life, I had never heard of the Chinese Culture Center until this past June. What a wonderful art and education non-profit organization! Quite the hidden gem especially since it's hidden inside the Hilton hotel. They previously had a photography exhibition on display called Retrieved which featured 3 different photographers from all around... More 

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Chinese Culture C, Manager at Chinese Culture Center, responded to this review

Gwen: What a review! We are so fortunate that you stopped by! I'm glad you advise people to ask questions. Our gallery staff don't want to be rude by grabbing visitor's attention, but they are more than happy to talk with people about the art when asked. Your specific comments are right on, and overall I hope anyone reading your... More 

San Francisco, California
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I believe that when you ask the question, "What do you expect out of a Chinatown Walking Tour?" 9/10 people will tell you that they want (and expect) to experience tea tasting, visiting the Fortune Cookie Factory, and shops filled with exotic-looking trinkets. Let me set one thing straight. This is not that type of tour--it's way more. Walking tours... More 

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San Francisco, California
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I have owned a travel agency for a couple of decades and have been fortunate enough to travel extensively, so it is our habit to classify our travel experiences as "tourist" or "traveler". A Tourist, for example, just rides around in an air-conditioned bus listening to a canned travelogue (Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach, Chinatown, etc.) while a... More 

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Chinese Culture C, Program Assistant at Chinese Culture Center, responded to this review

Hello marc783! Thank you so much for your review! We appreciate your kind words and the clarity you have established between "tourist" and "traveler" experiences. We hope to see you again in the future! More 

Cleveland, Ohio
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our family was in San Francisco in June. Julia took us on a fabulous walking tour of Chinatown. We visited the "Living Room" of Chinatown, a big park-like plaza (Portsmouth Square) where dozens of folks visit, play games, and meditate. We stopped in an herb shop, where customers were consulting with staff and picking up all sorts of herbs to... More 

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Chinese Culture C, Guest Relations Manager at Chinese Culture Center, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review, nachosat8! I'm glad the tour made your highlights list! We hope that you'll take all the great knowledge that you learned and share it with your friends and family. Cheers! 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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