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Chinatown, San Francisco

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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. By using our San Francisco vacation planner, you can arrange your visit to Chinatown and other attractions in San Francisco.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Chinatown is one of those locations that define the city of San Francisco, so I guess that you need to go there at least once. However, the Main Street that crosses it (Grant street) seems to include ...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Amazing neighborhood, one of the most American places ever- a true melting pot Bring cash as some of the businesses don't take cards, and there are great bargaining deals  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    I think the word Chinatown has been coined here and then exported to be used today in all quarters of the world's great cities, where there is a lively community of people of Chinese origin. The Chinese, at the time of the far west, were brought here to build railways and, as the tireless workers who still gave a decisive contribution to American progress, at the cost of tremendous sacrifices. A trip in the middle of a city within a city, starting from the gate (Gate) that confirms the entry. Colorful, diverse and bizarre, but to see on foot or by car. shops, restaurants, products, souvenirs and anything they can offer Chinese tradition's friends. I felt it was dangerous by day and, indeed, is full of curious people from all over the world.
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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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