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50 Walter U Lum Pl, b/t Clay St & Washington St in Chinatown, San Francisco, CA 94108
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Reviewed 8 September 2019

In the heart of Chinatown, It where you will find locals practicing Tai Chi in the morning and playing card games, chess and games during the day..

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank rschagrin
Reviewed 4 April 2019 via mobile

Homeless doing drugs in the restroom. A hundred men stand around smoking. Another 100 gambing. The school children hanging out in front of the elevators. This whole place should be demolished and rebuilt. I think all of san Francisco should be demolished and rebuild actually....More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 3 January 2019 via mobile

Came here to sit and eat our pork buns from good mong kok. Really cool group of elderly chinese playing mahjong and cards. Only blemish were the many homeless that have chosen this spot to sleep in.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank acshelco1
Reviewed 7 November 2018

It's a fine space, with greenery, trees and some appealing historical statuary and plaques. It was closest to where ships carrying Chinese docked around the mid 1800s. They made their way here and secured lodgings around the square. Thus the beginning of Chinatown in the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 17 July 2018

This is a nice respite from the business of Chinatown. The Goddess of Democracy statue is here, along with the elderly men and women playing cards and mahjong. There are also public restrooms. You can cross the footbridge from here to get to the Chinese...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 15 July 2018

Many, if not most, of the folks in Chinatown live in small, often crowded apartments. Portsmouth Square performs an important function for many of these families by serving as a sort of living room/social club. This is particularly true for the elderly who might otherwise...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Matthew D
Reviewed 18 February 2018 via mobile

Great two level park great for all ages kids. Very clean and people were friendly. Was a perfect location as we stayed right across the street at the Hilton. Also perfect place to watch Lunar New Year celebration activities.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank leisure9traveler83
Reviewed 21 September 2017

We always park here whenever we are in SF Chinatown. It's convenient and safe. The multi-level parking structure have plenty of parking spots. Then take the elevator up to the square where you see local Chinese doing whatever they need to do on a daily...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank ROCruiser
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

Portsmouth Square plaza was the center of many events in the early history of San Francisco. For example, the American flag was first raised in here by Commander John B. Montgomery of the U.S.S. Portsmouth in July 9, 1846. The plaza was later named in...More

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

This square is in the midst of one of San Francisco's most dense areas, Chinatown on one side, the Financial District on the other. As a result the square is well-used as a park. Good public parking garage underneath.

Date of experience: January 2017
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As the oldest in North America, San Francisco's
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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,
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