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Chinatown via San Francisco Architecture Walking Tour
In front of Starbucks Grant and Bush Street San Francisco, CA 94108
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4.9 / 5 Rated by 234 members
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Forget the kitchsy shops lining Grant Street's main drag. If you want to see San Francisco's real Chinatown, Rick Evans is your guy.

Evans has been heralded by locals and tourists alike for his downtown SF architecture tour. He's recently...continued

reviewed Jul 04 2009 report as inappropriate
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4 events 1 review

Fantastic event! Rick was a knowledgable historian and made the tour very interesting. It is amazing that Chinatown is the true birthplace of San Francisco and that fact is so unknown by many of us. I would definitely take another tour with Rick...continued

reviewed Jul 03 2009 report as inappropriate
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13 events 5 reviews

I thought it was a fantastic tour. I will never see Chinatown in the same way. He gave us a rare look at the back alleys of Chinatown and what they hold. Real life there unfolds and the understanding of Chinatown's challenges going forward jump...continued

reviewed Jul 28 2009 report as inappropriate
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Rick Evans won the 2009 award for the Best Walking Tour of San Francisco from SF Weekly.


Founder and owner of the popular San Francisco Architecture Walking Tour, Rick Evans has been sharing his passion and knowledge of San Francisco for more than ten years and has created more than a dozen specialized public and custom tours of the city. Rick has explored San Francisco like few others and offers an interesting and offbeat insight to the city’s architecture, history and neighborhoods.

Set back from San Francisco’s skyscrapers and Edwardian buildings, Chinatown is a one of the most fascinating areas of the city to explore for visitors and locals alike.  The jumble of streets and back alleys come alive every day with bustling residents and visitors from all over the world; a wondrous maze of shops, historic buildings and eateries.  Above all, Chinatown represents a colorful and unique slice of local history that can only be understood with a resourceful guide.  Rick Evans uses maps, drawings and photographs to illustrate the rich history, bringing a sense of humor and intrinsic knowledge of the neighborhood.

This three-hour tour will offer virtually limitless opportunities for new experiences and added insights.  Highlights include Old St. Mary’s Church, Chinese Temples, Fortune Cookie Factory, Herbal Shops, Stockton Street Produce Market, Portsmouth Square, Julia Morgan Architecture, Chinese Telephone Exchange and more.  Exploring San Francisco is not complete without a in-depth visit to this exotic, historic district.  Even if you think you know Chinatown, you haven’t really seen Chinatown until you’ve seen the neighborhood from the perspective of the research that Rick has done – a very original and unique exploration of one of San Francisco’s most exciting and mysterious locations.

_The tour will run approximately 3 hours.

Wear comfortable shoes. Dress warmly. No heavy bags or back packs. No cell phone use during tour. Use restrooms before departure (no restrooms are available on the tour route).

A donation of $2.00 per person is requested for a Taoist Temple visited during the tour._

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