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Chinatown via Explore San Francisco
Meet at the Chinatown Gate on the corner of Bush and Grant 501 Bush Street San Francisco, CA 94108
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Ask to do a tea tasting! The best for last!
Chinatown Food Tour info Mar 17 2014 star this tip starred
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attended Dec 15 2012

I've lived in SF for 7 years and had never truly explored china town before this. While our tour guide Alixx did take us through some of the touristy parts, we got to explore places like the Buhhdist temple and the fortune cookie factory, as well...continued

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attended Jun 07 2014

Most of our group were locals , wanting to learn more about the back streets and history of Chinatown.
Dan our guide made the tour very interesting and fun.
We loved it

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attended Dec 29 2012

The Chinatown Tour was everything we hoped for and more. As Alex led us around town he furnished us with many fascinating tidbits of information as well as history. He took us to places we never would have found on our own. Good memories. Nice...continued

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At only two tenths of a square mile, this most colorful of districts is the most densely populated and one of San Francisco’s most fascinating neighborhoods. We’ll visit the staples of daily life in the neighborhood as we traverse the hidden alleys and side streets where you will see: The open air markets, fish mongers, flower stalls, a Buddhist temple or two, an herbalist’s shop where eastern medicine is practiced, a fortune cookie factory; nineteenth-century era street musicians, produce vendors. The tour will also stop at Portsmouth Square, the heart of Chinatown and the site of historical events going back to the 1800s, this is Chinatown’s backyard and here we’ll see elders playing elephant chess and practicing Tai-Chi, and a band that seems to play every day, all day. Along the way you’ll have the opportunities to try out the local foods, as we show you the Chinatown’s best bakeries, try dim-sum, moon cakes, or coconut custards then we will end at a delightful tea shop unlike anything you have ever seen before. From the main tourist strip to the Churches and Temples, to the bustle of locals shopping for the evening meal to the back alleys and side streets in between, you’ll see the Chinatown that tourists rarely get to see. Because this after all is the real Chinatown.

Tour guide gratuity is not included.

About the Ticket Supplier: Explore San Francisco

After you've seen the tourist attractions, come explore San Francisco with us and see the city as a local. Be at the table for a one-time only pop up restaurant. Shop the boutiques of Pacific Heights. Take a leisurely stroll through Chinatown and North Beach and eat where the locals eat. Experience a wine tour without leaving the city. See wild flocks of parrots.Have a cup of coffee where Jack Kerouac sat.
Visit a Buddhist monastery, a chocolate factory. Savor the flavors of the Mission District and then visit it's world famous murals. And if you really want to we'll take you to the lunch truck that serves up insects.