Welcome to San Francisco's Chinatown, the oldest, the largest Chinese community outside Asia. Since its establishment in the 1840s, it has been highly important and influential in the history and culture of ethnic Chinese immigrants to the United States and North America.
Enter the gates of Chinatown and you enter a parallel world. Popularly known as a “city-within-a-city”, the district lives up to it’s nickname. Chinatown has developed independently on its own terms and now boasts its own government, foods, festivals, traditions, over 300 restaurants, and as many shops. Visitors can easily become immersed in a microcosmic Asian world, filled with herbal shops,temples, open-air markets, pagoda style roofs and dragon parades. The scent of green tea and incense hangs in the salty ocean air. Red and gold lanterns flutter in the breezes that blow off the bay and in the afternoon they cast an other-worldly glow in the fog. Alleys with signs written in Chinese house apartment buildings and businesses alive with activity. The residents tend to their daily lives in a language that is foreign to you, and although you can peek into schools, temples, and hospitals, visit shops and tea houses, the truth is that English is not the language most residents speak, Cantonese is how one communicates here. Suddenly it hits you that you are the foreigner, an observer in a distant city, submersed in a culture that is thousands of years old, and steeped in tradition.
The reality of Chinatown is that there are two Chinatowns: One belongs to the locals, the other charms the tourists. They overlap and dance with each other, drawing more visitors annually than the Golden Gate Bridge. The goal of this tour is to show you this district as a local, in the process, the district will surprise and enchant, seeming somewhat familiar yet at the same time foreign and exotic. After visiting the main streets that cater to the tourist crowds the tour embarks into the alleys and side streets of Chinatown, this is where the locals conduct their daily business, leading their daily lives, which is after all, the real Chinatown.
WALKING TOUR SCHEDULE AND PRICINGExplore Chinatown (Optional Lunch)
Explore Chinatown Walking Tour
What: Walking Tour of Chinatown
Explore Chinatown Walking Tour With Luncheon Afterwards
What: Walking Tour of Chinatown with lunch
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