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Address: Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94108
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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This electric neighborhood of 100,000 people is not to be missed, and it's...

This electric neighborhood of 100,000 people is not to be missed, and it's not hard to find: listen for the clack of mahjongg tiles and nose out the salty spicy squid.

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A traditional part of town that has many small marketplaces with fresh fruit and also a lot of small shops with Chinese stuff.

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Orlando, Florida
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Entrance to China Town, The Dragon's Gate is a picture postcard. So many people, so much culture.. We dis some shopping and ate at a very nice authentic China Restaurant.

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Pontypridd, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a good walk through Chinatown & popped into a few touristy gift shops. Great place for postcards and California republic flags. Prices of gifts vary - so worth shopping around if you looking at generic magnets, keyrings or waving cats.

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A traditional part of town that has many small marketplaces with fresh fruit and also a lot of small shops with Chinese stuff.

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Thank Foodtravelandfunking
Rhyl, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You can get some bargains here or just browse the area. Quite a large China town as it spreads out across a few streets, but unlike some Chinatowns doesn't get lively at night.

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Thank Steven W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

very interesting area, you almost feel like you are not in the US anymore. there are tons of open air markets and fish markets selling fish i never even knew existed. definitely worth a trip thru and if you are feeling very adventurous have lunch at one of the small restaurants.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I really wanted to see San Francisco's Chinatown given its cultural significance in the United States and I really did enjoy it a lot. We didn't stop to eat anywhere (it was a rainy, Easter Sunday) but we did meander through the shops that were open and enjoyed seeing the lanterns strung up across the streets and the Chinese mailboxes... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Attempt one - Friday night around 10 pm, arrive at the gate, everything was closed, walked in for a few blocks thinking that maybe we were in the wrong place, but no, everything was closed Shops restaurants everything Attempt 2-Saturday night around 8pm - the tourist shops were starting to close, by 8:30 pm all the shops were closed, but... More 

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Thank Jennifer B
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

If you want something a bit different you will find it hear. Good Chinese food. Fortune cookies came from here. Very busy. Loads of people Good weather so many people out enjoying the weather.

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Central Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The residents here do not discourage visitors, but this is an Asian neighborhood in a western city. There are things to but, places to eat, but most important are people to see.

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Port Alberni, Canada
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Make sure to head here. They have some great tea stores, novelty knick knack items. It's like most Chinatown areas so if you like those then make a stop here

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Chinatown
As the oldest in North America, San Francisco's Chinatown is an exotic experience. A unique 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, tourist shops, jewelry stores, fortune tellers, temples and restaurants come together to create a world unto itself in this historic neighbourhood.
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