SF Chinatown Walking Tour: Through The Dragon Gate

SF Chinatown Walking Tour: Through The Dragon Gate

From $23 per person

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.

About this activity

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Duration 1.5 hours
Starting time 4:00 PM
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  • See Chinatown landmarks including the Waverly Place, 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
Full description
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 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
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup or drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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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

  • 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.
  • This is a walking tour. While there are stops along the way, guests should be able to walk at a moderate pace without difficulty.
  • Due to San Francisco’s natural hills, this tour is difficult for those in wheelchairs. Motorized wheelchairs can be accommodated. Please contact the local partner for more information.
  • While never expected, tips are always appreciated.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 / 5

based on 3 reviews

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Very nice and friendly guide. A very educational tour.

May 29, 2019

October 27, 2019

Loved the entire tour and the history of Chinatown

August 2, 2020

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