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San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour with Optional Lunch - with unbiased reviews

San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour with Optional Lunch

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Overview
Dive deep into Chinatown, one of San Francisco’s most historic neighborhoods, on this walking tour. Your guide shares commentary as you explore highlights including a Buddhist temple, fortune cookie factory, and medicinal herb shop, visiting both well-known sights and hidden gems in this vibrant district. Upgrade to include a 9-course dim sum lunch for a flavorful meal at one of Chinatown's great restaurants.
Itinerary
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You'll start at
Old Saint Mary's Cathedral
660 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
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  • 1
    All About Chinatown Tours
    Stop: 10 minutes -
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  • 2
    Chinatown
    Stop: 10 minutes -
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  • 3
    Portsmouth Square
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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  • 4
    Stockton Street
    Stop: 10 minutes -
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  • 5
    Golden Gate Fortune Cookies Co
    Stop: 10 minutes -
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You'll end at
Old Saint Mary's Cathedral
660 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
See address & details
Highlights
  • Discover the shops, temples, and food purveyors of Chinatown
  • Taste fortune cookies after learning how they are made
  • Hear the history of immigration to San Francisco from China
  • Upgrade to include a 9-course Chinese dim sum lunch
What to Expect
Make your own way to the centrally located meeting point to meet your guide, who shares commentary about Chinatown’s history, culture, and daily life. Stroll along Stockton Street, passing markets with fresh seafood, vegetable vendors, tea shops, and Chinese bakeries. Stop at an herbal pharmacy, where you learn about the medicinal uses of items such as ginseng root, gecko lizards, and pearl pills. Then try the samples at a fortune cookie factory. See a Chinese-language school and Waverly Place, an alley filled with temples and secret clubs. Note buildings designed to resemble pagodas, and Chinese decor along the streets. Go to a Buddhist temple that houses gold antiques, and learn about Chinese Buddhism in local practice. Your tour ends near your starting point. Upgrade to include the 9-course lunch at a popular dim sum restaurant in Chinatown (sample menu below).
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Important Information
Departure Point
Old Saint Mary's Cathedral, 660 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
Duration
2h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Fortune cookie tasting
  • Insider's list to Chinatown's best shops and restaurants
  • Dim sum luncheon (if option selected)
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Tours operate rain or shine; please dress appropriately
  • If you have dietary restrictions, the restaurant can make substitutions upon your request
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 2 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
559Reviews
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Moffett1 wrote a review 4 Feb
59 contributions20 helpful votes
Linda was a laid back, knowledgeable guide. Might need a little more volume when talking on the street. She clearly grew up and knows this area. It was fun to hear her voice tone change when she spoke as others talked to her. Learned some facts -wished there had been more but
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Date of experience: February 2020
Response from Linda L, Owner at San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour with Optional Lunch
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Moffett1: Thanks for your thorough review! It's always a challenge to be heard on the noisy streets of Chinatown, but that's the authenticity of it. We are walking through multiple streets of a bustling, lively community. Feel free to send me the photos you took if you want me to identify some of our stops. And Happy New Year!
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Anne S wrote a review Jan 2020
3 contributions
Linda was a great guide. We wandered the alley ways and found out about the history and customs of Chinatown.
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Rebecca K wrote a review Jan 2020
3 contributions
Ms. Lee was a fantastic tour guide. She has such a heart for her city. So many personal stories and experiences that speak to the culture and history of Chinatown. I would highly recommend it!! Make sure you add on the Dim Sum..Yummy!
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Date of experience: December 2019
Response from Linda L, Owner at San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour with Optional Lunch
Responded 5 Jan 2020
Dear F744R: This is a wonderful way to start the new year of 2020 - a 5 star review of your experience in Chinatown for the tour and lunch. Thank you and Happy New Year as we are 6 days into it.
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Nichole B wrote a review Nov 2019
1 contribution
We had such a lovely time with our tour guide, Linda. She had so many interesting places to visit that we would certainly would not have found or accessed on our own. The details she shared with us about Chinatown’s history and culture were fascinating and sometimes comical.
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Date of experience: November 2019
Jessica Nicole L wrote a review Nov 2019
8 contributions
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I had a great time! Linda was very knowledgeable and fun. I definitely recommend this tour. A great way to learn the history and culture of the area. Thanks Linda!
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Date of experience: November 2019
About the operator
By: All About Chinatown Tours
Moffett1
Media, Pennsylvania
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Nice way to see Chinatown
Linda was a laid back, knowledgeable guide. Might need a little more volume when talking on the street. She
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Anne S
30
Great experience
Linda was a great guide. We wandered the alley ways and found out about the history and customs of Chinatown.
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Rebecca K
30
Wonderful Experience
Ms. Lee was a fantastic tour guide. She has such a heart for her city. So many personal stories and experiences
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Nichole B
10
Chinatown Tour & Dim Sum
We had such a lovely time with our tour guide, Linda. She had so many interesting places to visit that we would
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Jessica Nicole L
10
Chinatown Walking Tour
I had a great time! Linda was very knowledgeable and fun. I definitely recommend this tour. A great way to learn
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John E
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“An Unforgettable Cultural Learning Experience-Great Chinatown Walking Tour “
We selected the Chinatown tour on the spur of the moment. We walked up from our hotel at the Wharf and met our
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Vicki D
Carrollton, Texas
41
Sooooooo worth it !
Our walking tour guide Linda was absolutely amazing. She was knowledgeable, so personable and funny she made our
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Ronnie
Montreal, Canada
63
Chinatown we never knew
Linda Lee provided a factful, informative and cultural experience of Chinatown. Loved the experience.
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Joanne Z
Caledonia, Minnesota
41
Great Tour
We took the Chinatown tour with lunch; our tour guide was Linda. We learned a lot about the history of the
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Lilitreamont
Montclair, New Jersey
60
Fun and Informative
The Chinatown walking tour was a great way to spend the morning/afternoon. Having visited SF many times but never
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  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Languages Offered: English
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