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Chinatown

Experience the excitement of Chinatown in San Francisco. Located within close proximity of the Hotel Nikko, this authentic neighborhood is the oldest Chinatown in North America. It features a host of restaurants, herbal shops, and cool alleyways. There are also an array of interesting attractions, like the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory, as well as many entertaining events, including the annual Lunar New Year Celebration and the Miss Chinatown USA Pageant.

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Events:

  • Lunar New Year Celebration
  • Chinese New Year Flower Fair
  • Lion Dancing
  • Miss Chinatown USA Pageant
  • San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival

Activities:

  • Shopping
  • Dining
  • Walking Tours
  • Fortune Cookie Factory

Tours

Exploring Chinatown courtesy of the many walking tours is a great way to go. You’ll pass through the classic Chinatown gateway, Portsmouth Square, and the many alleyways that dot the area. There are also tours that include lunch. More details can be found at http://www.sanfranciscochinatown.com/store/tours.html.

Attractions

Discover several attractions on your visit to San Francisco’s Chinatown. Check out the current Bank of Canton, which is housed in a building that was the Chinese Telephone Exchange until 1949. Stop into the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory and see how these classic cookies are put together. Make sure to see the Sing Chong Building, one of the first places rebuilt after the 1906 earthquake.

FAQs

  • Where can I park in Chinatown?


    You’ll have no problem finding a parking garage in and around Chinatown. The North Beach, Portsmouth Square, St. Mary's Square, and Vallejo Street garages are open 24/7 while Golden Gateway is open during regular business hours. Additional parking information can be found at http://www.sanfranciscochinatown.com/attractions/parking.html.
  • When is the best time to experience Chinatown?


    Anytime is a fine time to visit Chinatown in San Francisco. But if you’re looking for a real unique experience, head over on a Saturday afternoon. That’s when the locals do some serious shopping in the produce stores and markets where live animals, such as turtles and chickens, are haggled over.

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