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Chinatown, San Francisco

Home to the largest Chinese community outside of Asia, Chinatown was established here in 1848, making it the oldest of its kind in North America. Immerse yourself in the bustle of this densely packed neighborhood with its numerous shops and restaurants. To learn more about the customs, languages, and identity of this famous enclave, embark on one of the many guided tours. Discover the neighborhood's parks, herbal shops, temples, and numerous pagoda-roofed buildings. No visit is complete without sampling some Chinese cuisine. The dim sum teahouses are especially good. Put Chinatown and other San Francisco attractions into our San Francisco trip itinerary website , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • China Town is another gem of San Francisco. It is a great place to walk, shop and eat. Lots of great shops with unusual items. It pays to look around and compare prices. China Town is always busy with...  more »
  • You can get already great things in Chinatown. Our highlight was a lunch at a Chinese restaurant. The food was tasty and unknown. People, even though we speak no Mandarin, very friendly and helpful. You can dive into a different world. Conclusion: Wonderful!
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  • If you just are in the area you can walk through time, it isn't but the duty spots of a San Francisco visit. Much Chinese decoration, shops, restaurants, banks, etc. Nevertheless the Chinese flair not so coming over. Perhaps it is worth in the evening to go through, during the day, it was not so good.
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Where to stay in San Francisco

From inexpensive hostels in quiet residential areas to high-end hotels near the city center, San Francisco has accommodations for every budget. Key consideration is what kind of neighborhood you want to stay in. You'll find luxury hotels in Union Square, which has prime shopping, is near theaters, and is on the cable car line. Many hotels are in the northeastern portion of the city, near the tourist-driven neighborhoods of Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf, both easily explored on foot. To get away from the tourist crowds, consider the smaller inns and family-run bed and breakfasts in some of the city's more charming neighborhoods, such as Noe Valley or Pacific Heights. There are also boutique hotels scattered around town. Avoid staying in the Tenderloin. If you plan to have a car with you, ask about parking availability and fees. Parking is often difficult and expensive.
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