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Address: Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94108
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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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I wouldn't necessarily plan on spending all day, but we walked around for about an hour, had lunch and watched fortune cookies being made. We enjoyed our time here.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

There are some interesting shops here but overall the place is rather crowded. For a real Chinatown feel it will be better to head to Asian countries. If you really must come by perhaps 1hr will be enough.

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Colleyville, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I remember Chinatown being a fun cultural experience when I visited San Francisco as a teenager in the 1970's. This trip, it seemed that it has become packed with cheap souvenir shops for tourists. Clearly many asian people live in this part of the city and it is interesting to see all of the Chinese signage, etc., but the shops... More 

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limassol
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Was in Hong Kong and walking round brought back great memories. The area is a great experience and the shops are great.

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Mannheim, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Don't miss Chinatown when you visit San Francisco: spend time at a local temple, a local pharmacy, a tea shop and don't miss the dim sum places on Stockton!

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Lufkin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I wouldn't necessarily plan on spending all day, but we walked around for about an hour, had lunch and watched fortune cookies being made. We enjoyed our time here.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Title says it all really. You can potter around for the day and still not get round all the streets - it is huge. Normal Chinatown stuff you get elsewhere but bigger and better because you don't get hassled - very chilled out atmosphere.

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Amarillo, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped and walked a few streets. Every store offered the same trinkets. A few grocery stores and sushi places. Nothing great to see here. Just my opinion. Wasn't our cup of tea.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We walked through Chinatown in San Francisco on our way to Lombard Street from our hotel in the Financial District. It was interesting to see but it not much different from Chinatown in NYC, just a smaller version.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Liked the historical buildings and the location of China town perched on Nob Hill. A very established neighbourhood and worth a quick visit. Go when hungry. Lots of authentic restaurants to check out in the area. Also lots of souvenir and gift shops in between the restaurants.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Our hotel is located right next to China town. It has a pretty entrance and cool displays on the streets but besides that it is not much to see the shops are like any other tourist shop you will find nothing special.

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Chinatown
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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