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Address: Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone Number: +1 888-212-3203
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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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Chinatown Food Tour of San Francisco
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San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour
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Chinatown and North Beach Night Walking Tour

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Bargain shopping and beautiful architecture!

San Francisco Chinatown is the largest Chinatown outside of Asia as well as the oldest Chinatown in North America. It is one of the top tourist attractions in San Francisco. Set... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Los Angeles, California
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Arlington, Virginia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Run down stores and restaurants. We found one restaurant that seemed clean enough to have lunch, which was very nice. The stores are all pretty well stocked with the same merchandise. Not worth a second visit.

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Ketchum, Idaho
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is full of restaurants, hills and paper/bamboo umbrellas. Come and enjoy yourself it is part of the local experience....and definately eat here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

For the vast majority of Americans, who have not been in Asia, this is the closest thing to being in China or Hong Kong. First there seems to be millions of Chinese. The signs and languages are frequently not in English. The odors and food choices do not resemble a trip to PF Chang's. I've spoken to a number of... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

San Francisco Chinatown is the largest Chinatown outside of Asia as well as the oldest Chinatown in North America. It is one of the top tourist attractions in San Francisco. Set aside a couple of hours and enjoy a unique cultural adventure that you will never forget. It's a great place for little bargain shopping as well as trying out... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a great experience! We enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and shop owners. I love scarfs, so I was in heaven with the variety and great prices. Also, be sure to stop by the little bakery and try the macaroons and the mini custard pies. I've been home almost a week now, but I can't get these little delicacies out... More 

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Marietta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved Chinatown. Amazing dim sum. Great place to walk around and just people watch. Some really good photo ops and views of the hills and water. I will always go back there whenever I am in San Francisco.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We took a walking tour of Chinatown and got to explore the area and learn a little history of the town. We were able to go in the Fortune Cookie Factory, which was down an alley and had the best warm fortune cookie sample. Soooo good! They sell bags of fortune cookies for $5 in traditional form and in discs.... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place to shop for pearls or gifts for family and friends. Lot of shops to choose from. And lots of places to eat. Walk the street and take in China town.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

After 6 trips to San Fran this was my first trip into China Town. Many stores carry the exact same items. Our driver said to bargain with them on prices and if you want lowest price say, " let's go next door". They don't want you to leave, so will come down in price. Not my thing but felt a... More 

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Raytown, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I liked this place/area its just that a lot of the shops closed early and even restaurants.It was ok.

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As the oldest in North America, San Francisco's Chinatown is an exotic experience. A unique neighbourhood decorated with colourful 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 neighbourhood.
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