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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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San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour with Lunch
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Nice China Town

Almost every city has its China Town, this is one of the busiest and prettiest ones I've seen, if you have time and you are into China Towns it is worth Visiting.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

More tourist shops with not a ton of restaurants. Didn't see local culture like in NYC china town. We walked all of grant st from the entrance gate.

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Denver, Colorado
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138 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

The history of Chinatown is the best part for visitors (also the good obviosuly). My ancestors lived in China town when they first came to the US, and from the stories of the older generations, not all that much has changed. The food is great. The community is very tight knit. The public spaces are still filled with music and... More 

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Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I've been to NYC Chinatown so I was disappointed in this one. Found it to be quite dirty from the streets to the restaurants and shots. Probably wouldn't visit this area again on my next visit. Found an amazing Thai restaurant outside of downtown near golden gate park called Pagan house. Go there instead. Cute place and great food.

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Thank neysa26
Edinburgh
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86 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Definitely worth going to see the place and having a walk through, but after walking for 15 minutes, its just the same shops selling the exact same stuff (or Toot as I would call it). We never ate there, as a number of our tour guides recommended against it, as they said the food wasn't the best - The restaurants... More 

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Thank MickeyThePikey
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

All of us had a great time walking all around and enjoying the sights and sounds. Found some unique gifts and good prices. We did not eat there on this visit, but on past visit we had some amazing food by using "yelp" to locate a good place. I would call it a "must see" to experience San Francisco.

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Thank Don P
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Somewhat disappointing to visit Chinatown - too many trinket / souvenir shops and too little China. Many it is different at other times, but mid afternoon we could have spend our time better in other parts of town.

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Ruislip, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Plenty of restaurants to choose from although quite pricey. The area was disappointing as it was fairly run down. Lively spot with plenty of choice.

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Monterrey, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
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Almost every city has its China Town, this is one of the busiest and prettiest ones I've seen, if you have time and you are into China Towns it is worth Visiting.

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Thank travellistics
San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

SF's Chinatown is colorful and full of energy! Here are some hints for visitors. Grant Ave and Stockton run parallel to one another -- roughly North, South. Grant Ave is where most of the tourists go. It's peppered with shops selling trinkets, etc. Stockton is where the Chinese go to shop -- very few tourists make it up there but... More 

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Thank Harry W
Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Entrance to China Town, The Dragon's Gate is a picture postcard. So many people, so much culture.. We dis some shopping and ate at a very nice authentic China Restaurant.

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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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