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Chinatown San Francisco Reviews

irenem irenem
153 reviews
Chinatown Jan 25, 2017
We visited San Francisco's Chinatown in the morning of our first full day. This is the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest Chinatown outside of Asia.

The first Chinese immigrants to San Francisco, two men and one woman, arrived in 1848. Many more arrived in 1849 hoping to strike it lucky when gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill. Many other Chinese worked for the Central Pacific Company building the Transcontinental Railroad.

I love Chinatowns. I suppose its because I live in Hong Kong and am interested in where the Chinese migrated to and what they did there.

One of the most attractive things about San Francisco's Chinatown was all the murals drawn on the walls of the buildings. These depicted dragons, lion dancing, goddesses, the animals of the Chinses zodiac, Chinese people and flowers among other things.

As with all Chinatowns, San Franciso's Chinatown was filled with lots of colourful shops and many restaurants. I took some photos of the interiors of several shops that caught my eye with their bright decorations.

We also enjoyed visiting Old Saint Mary's Cathedral which was very peaceful inside. This church dates from 1853. On the outside of the cathedral there is a large clock with the inscription "Son, observe the time and fly from evil." Its from Ecclesiastes.

Opposite the church, St Mary's Square is a pleasant place to sit. It has a statue of Sun Yat Sen, founder of the Republic of China.
San Francisco Chinatown.
San Francisco Chinatown.
San Francisco Chinatown.
San Francisco Chinatown.
davejo says:
Nice photos
Posted on: Jan 25, 2017
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Zuza1405 Zuza1405
3 reviews
Pop into the "Fortune cookie factory" Mar 27, 2011
Make sure to visit this factory in Chinatowns "Ross Alley". Be careful not to miss it as it's tiny and not really decorated on the outside.

You might see the boss standing outside, greeting you it's then when you surely are at the right place. (or just follow the sweet smell ;))

It's for free as you basically just "pop" in.....grab a cookie and watch the ladies do their work.

Unfortunately no videos allowed but a picture can be taken for 50cents.

Want your friends or family to know their fortune? Just buy a big pack of fortune cookies for only $3 ;-)
vincentleepk vincentl…
3 reviews
Chinatown Mar 04, 2011
Theres nothing really much in chinatown if you are coming from the asia country.

Its similar to those streets in Hongkong etc. However, I feel they are much dirtier.

Head down to Chinatown if you are getting sick of all teh western cusine and when u miss your Chinese food greatly.
lockhart882000 lockhart…
9 reviews
Streets of Chinatown San Francisco Nov 12, 2010
San Francisco Chinatown is the largest Chinatown in the United States and home of the largest Chinese community out side Asia. It is located at one corner of the San Francisco financial district and has 24 blocks of business and residence. There are two hospitals and two parks; numerous banks, art galleries, clothing stores, produce on Stockton Street, restaurants and more.

In 2010 the artist photographer Claude L. Clark began taking photographs of famous streets in San Francisco Chinatown. He was interested in the wide diversity of businesses and cultural activities that such a small community had generated.

“City of Hong Kong” is a photograph taken on Grant Avenue. This avenue has become the tourist show case of San Francisco Chinatown. It has Art Galleries, restaurants, music stores, clothing stores, banks and much more. Grant Avenue is about six blocks long. We will visit some of the cross streets later.

“Yellow Building” Stockton Street is the heart of San Francisco China Town. The largest volume of business takes place there rather than on Grant Avenue. This street is also noted for Chinese produce markets. Stockton Street has one post office. Years ago a produce section was on Grant Avenue. The street is much wider on Stockton Street. Grant Avenue is very narrow. Tourists do their shopping on Grant Avenue, however price wise they would probably do better on Stockton.
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cneoridium cneoridi…
44 reviews
San Francisco's Chinatown Aug 02, 2010
Chinatown in San Francisco it really great. Sort of a must-see if you go there. It's right in the middle of town, and SF is pretty compact, so it's easy enough to find.
Africancrab Africanc…
777 reviews
Temples and great gate ways May 23, 2009
I have been to many different China Towns in different States. When you have seen one China town, you have seen them all. Joe and I stopped in Chinatown in San Francisco for dinner. This one is a small, clean and rather nice China town in comparison to the one in Las Vegas or New York..
Africancrab says:
I have actually heard that the one in San Francisco is set apart from others because of the market items. When we were there, they had some great winter coats.
Posted on: Apr 28, 2010
magnificent says:
We have many places to get Chinese herbs, liniments, and plasters in San Diego but the few times that I've been to China Town in San Francisco I've gotten great deals on these items (for Massage/Healing).
Thanks for your input on Fisherman's Wharf and the Pier, brings back memories.
Posted on: Apr 27, 2010
tcatto tcatto
8 reviews
The biggest Chinatown I ever visited! Mar 11, 2008
I really love Chinatowns, because I am interested in how Chinese people in other cities or countries live. Although I understand that most local Chinese people do not go to their Chinatowns anymore nowadays, it is still a must-do thing for me.

San Francisco's Chinatown is the biggest one in North America (or maybe in the whole world)! Everything there was very Chinese to me. You can find a lot of places for dimsum, pastries and souvenirs. It was pretty safe to walk around, even at night.
Eric Eric
408 reviews
Jan 02, 2006
This is a really cool area of SF to walk around. In the daytime, it is

always bustling with people and there always seems to be something

going on. There are tons of little shops selling everything from silk

pillowcases to live chickens, and it's fun to just walk around and

browse. The food here is probably among the cheapest you'll find in SF

and there are countless dim sum places where you can pop in and grab a

quick bite to eat. The markets and grocers here are also very cool and

sell exotic fruits and vegetables that you rarely see.

The main part of Chinatown is along Grant Ave. but I've found if you

head over one block to Stockton, the streets are less crowded with

tourists and the shops seem more authentic.
Bystanders along the side of the s…
A parade going down Grant Ave.
The back of a dragon.

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