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Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2012 2:07 AM


San Francisco's Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in North America and 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 ethnicChinese immigrants to the United States and North America. Popularly known as a "city-within-a-city", it has developed its own government, traditions, over 300 restaurants, and as many shops. Visitors can easily become immersed in a microcosmic Asian world, filled with herbal shops, temples, pagoda roofs and dragon parades.

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. At Explore San Francisco, we show you the city as a local, so we will indeed take you to the touristy area but we will also escort you into the alleys and side streets where the residents lead their lives, usually unseen by most tourists.

The whole district smells delightfully of incense and green tea, and one feels as if they are in Asia. Street musicians will be encountered playing the ecru, a two string instrument similar to a violin or fiddle. They often perform traditional American songs from the early 20th century or late 19th century, many are songs their forefathers learned while building the railroads. At Portsmouth square, groups of people practice tai chi, while elderly men play elephant chess sometimes attracting throngs of spectators. We are going to see the sights and enjoy delicious
food, sip exotic teas in a gourmet tea shop and you'll have tome to have dim-sum at the oldest Chinese bakery in the U.S. We'll watch cookies being made at a fortune cookie factory. We'll even go to a Buddhist Temple or two and an herbalists shop. Then we'll go to the strip of Stockton Street where the open air markets are located, bustling with activity, beautiful produce and exotic foods from the far east.These are not things that you would find on your own.

Visitors to Chinatown expect something they won't find anywhere else. They expect to be stunned and enchanted and tempted with great food. And they will. Customers of Explore SF expect to see the city as locals. And they will. We will show you Chinatown as we would show our family and friends. We will show you the Chinatown that tourists rarely see, the alleys and side streets of Chinatown, this is where the locals do their daily business, leading their daily lives, which is after all, the real Chinatown.

Explore Chinatown Walking Tour
What: Walking Tour of Chinatown ( includes some food sampling )
When:Wednesday Thursday , Saturday @ 11:00
Cost: Web Special: $40 Regularly priced at $69
Reservations Line: 800.595.4849 (24hrs)
Reservations Online:
More Information: 415.793.1104
How: Book Online Now to Reserve Your Space!

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• Location: Chinatown Gate, San Francisco, San Francisco

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