Chinatown Walking Tour by Explore San Francisco

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Duration: 2h 30m
Location: Chinatown, San Francisco, CA United States | San Francisco, United States

Category: Food & Drink

Exploration of SF's vibrant & historic Chinatown district
Local guide leads you down backstreets & hidden alleys
Insight into the culture, traditions & business of the area
Sights include temples, pagodas & lantern-lined streets
Option to stay & enjoy an authentic & tasty Cantonese meal

Guided walking tour of Chinatown
Live tour commentary provided in English


The largest Chinese enclave outside of Asia, San Francisco’s Chinatown is a hectic, colorful bustle that lures more visitors each year than the Golden Gate Bridge. Dive into the fascinating heritage and cultural attractions of this lively downtown neighborhood on a local-led walking tour.

Chinatown was established in the 1840s, when San Francisco’s population was booming thanks to thriving fishing industries and Gold Rush prospectors. Over the decades, this dynamic pocket of downtown has developed its own distinct identity and traditions, and is packed with more than 300 restaurants.

Meet up with your guide near the iconic Chinatown gate and step into the incense-scented streets, roaming past herbal shops, serene temples, pagoda-style architecture, and storefronts hung with bright red lanterns. Check out the antiques and eclectic wares on offer in the shops, which peddle everything from tea sets and cooking utensils to statuary artwork, and stop for tasty bites at locations that might include a historic fortune cookie shop or a dim sum bakery.

Your guide leads you to the major, must-see attractions and beyond, taking you down side streets and tucked-away alleys for a real insider’s perspective and a chance to see the Chinatown where locals live, work, and play. If you’d like, you can choose to add on lunch in the district after your tour for an authentic taste of Chinatown cuisine.

Cancellation Policy: 4 days
Know before you book: Children 4 and younger are complimentary., This activity is not wheelchair accessible., At least 4 people are required for this activity to take place., Maximum group size is 15 people., Check-in is 10 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.

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