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Through The Dragon Gate: Chinatown Tour

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    Pass By: Chinatown, Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94108

    You could spend days wandering the lantern-covered streets of Chinatown, but we’ve designed this introduction to immerse you in its unique history and culture and give you a few reasons to come back again later. We start near the Dragon’s Gate, to discuss the history of this once-rough area, and address the mystery of SF’s moving waterline. Stopping at historical points of interest, we’ll introduce you to the often-overlooked history of Asian immigration to the US - it goes back much farther than you may think - and explain the ways that Chinatown has been integral to the growth of San Francisco as a whole. But this tour is only partially about history; we also want to immerse you in the modern life of the neighborhood that is a fascinating mix of East and West. We’ll stop off at landmarks like Waverly Place, Portsmouth Square, and St. Mary’s Cathedral. We’ll discuss Chinese medicine at a traditional apothecary, tempt your tastebuds at some of the city’s best bakeries, and even taste some fresh fortune cookies (an SF invention) at the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory. Before you go, we’ll recommend some of our favorite places to eat dim sum so you can come back later to eat in one of the foodie capitals of the city.


    Pass By: Dragon's Gate, Bush St What3words: ///also.secret.ever, San Francisco, CA 94108

    The Dragon Gates of Chinatown

    Pass By: Old Cathedral of St. Mary, 660 California St Chinatown, San Francisco, CA 94108-2501

    Old St Mary's Cathedral

    Pass By: Chinatown Alleys, Chinatown, San Francisco, CA

    Alleyways of Chinatown including Waverly Place

    Old Chinatown Alley

    Pass By: Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA

    Grant Avenue


    Pass By: Golden Gate Fortune Cookies Co, 56 Ross Aly, San Francisco, CA 94108-1204

    Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory

    Pass By: Portsmouth Square, 50 Walter U Lum Pl b/t Clay St & Washington St in Chinatown, San Francisco, CA 94108

    Portsmouth Square
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    Departure Point
    10 Mark Ln, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
    Departure Time
    4:00 PM
    Duration
    1h 30m
    Return Details
    714 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
    Inclusions
    • Guided walking tour
    • Expert local guide
    Exclusions
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • While we try to avoid extreme inclines and declines, due to San Francisco's hills as well as crowded city streets and unpaved pathways, guests with mobility limitations, wheelchairs, or strollers cannot be accommodated.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 14 July 2019 via mobile

    Eddie walked us though the beautiful Chinatown neighborhood during our visit to SF! We walked several historical blocks, made a few informational stops, and sampled tasty fortune cookies from the actual birthplace of fortune cookies! Tour went by quick, and Eddie was a great tour...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank 415nathan
    TakeWalksSF, Manager at Take Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2019

    So wonderful that you experienced Chinatown with Eddie and Walks! We hope we made you time in San Francisco a little better.

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