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SF Chinatown Walking Tour: Through The Dragon Gate

Product ID: 224481
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Experience Chinatown in a different light and learn about the history and culture of this thriving neighborhood while picking up a few local recommendations along the way.
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Duration: 90 minutes
Starting time 4:00 PM
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  • See Chinatown landmarks including the Waverly Place, Portsmouth Square, St. Mary’s Cathedral and more
  • Enjoy a guided tour and demonstration at the factory
  • Take home a special custom-made fortune cookie
  • Visit local favorites including bakeries, clothing and traditional medicine stores
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Enjoy the lantern-covered streets of Chinatown through this hour-long introduction. Start near the Dragon’s Gate to discuss the history of this once-rough area and address the mystery of San Francisco's moving waterline.

Stop at historical points of interest and get an introduction to the often-overlooked history of Asian immigration to the United States, which goes back much farther than you may think. Learn the ways that Chinatown has been integral to the growth of San Francisco as a whole. This tour is only partially about history; you will also get to learn the modern life of the neighborhood that is a fascinating mix of East and West.

Marvel at landmarks like Waverly Place, Portsmouth Square, and St. Mary’s Cathedral. Discuss Chinese medicine at a traditional apothecary, tempt your tastebuds at some of the city’s best bakeries, and even taste some fresh fortune cookies (a local invention) at the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory. Before you go, get recommendations on where to eat delicious dim sum.
  • Guided walking tour
  • Expert local guide
  • Tasting and demonstration at Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup or drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

10 Mark Lane (The Irish Bank). Meet at the entrance of Mark Alley from Bush Street.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable clothes
Not allowed
  • Baby strollers
Know before you go
• While never expected, tips and gratuities are always appreciated
• Please note that guests must arrive 10 minutes before tour departure time
• Please note, on our Chinatown tour a visit of the Fortune Cookie Factory is not always guaranteed depending how busy the factory is on the day of the visit
• Due to San Francisco's hills, as well as crowded city streets and unpaved pathways, guests with mobility limitations, wheelchairs, or strollers cannot be accommodated
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Product ID: 224481