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San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour

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  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration: 2 - 3 hours (depending on if lunch is selected) (approx.)
  • Tour code: 2326WALK
Uncover the secrets of San Francisco's Chinatown district on this fascinating walking tour. Immerse yourself in the vibrant colors, buzzing atmosphere and rich heritage and culture of this storied neighborhood as your insider guide takes you to popular and off-the-beaten path locations, including an authentic Buddhist temple, an herbal pharmacy and Waverly Place, an unassuming 2-block-long alley full of interesting history. Stroll by the street food markets, sample fortune cookies at the factory where they're made, and upgrade to include a 10-course dim sum lunch. You'll leave with a whole new appreciation for this slice of the city!

Highlights

  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Fully narrated tour

Meet at Old St Mary's Cathedral to begin your walking tour of Chinatown's most popular sights and hidden locales. Your guide will teach you all about the history and culture of Chinatown, explaining how the remarkable authenticity of ancient Chinese culture has been preserved and celebrated in its road to becoming a must-visit San Francisco attraction.

As you navigate a historic maze of mysterious sights, have your camera out as you admire eye-popping Chinese decorations adorning the streets. Pass pagoda-style buildings and hear about their significance, and step inside an herbal pharmacy to learn about the uses of ginseng root for longevity, pearl pills for beautiful skin and gecko lizards for energy.

Stroll down Stockton Street past busy markets selling some of the freshest and most exotic foods in the Bay Area. Gain an understanding of Chinatown's religious culture as you visit an authentic Buddhist temple, where you'll see dazzling altars adorned with red lanterns, gold antiques and incense-filled bronze urns. You'll also see a Chinese language school to find out how local Chinese families keep alive language and cultural traditions for their children.

At your next stop, Waverly Place, your guide will give you the inside scoop on Chinatown's most interesting alley full of temples, private clubs and secret societies. This 2-block-long street may seem unassuming at first glance, but you may be surprised at what you learn.

If the intoxicating sights, sounds and smells aren't enough, get ready for a great taste of Chinatown. Visit a fortune cookie factory to sample these 'wise' cookies and watch how they're made. Upgrade to include a hosted 10-course dim sum luncheon at one of Chinatown's most popular restaurants!

Ending back near your original starting point, you'll leave with a list of recommended stores and restaurants in Chinatown, so you can continue exploring Chinatown like a real insider.


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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Old St Mary's Cathedral, border of Chinatown and Financial District
Departure Time:
10am
Return Details:
Returns near the original departure point

Pricing information

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Walking Tour
Code: TOUR

2-hour walking tour

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$30.00
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Walking Tour with Lunch
Code: TOULUN

2-hour walking tour including a 10-course dim sum luncheon

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$50.00
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San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour

San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour
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Inclusions:
  • Professional guide
  • Fortune cookie tasting
  • Insider's list to Chinatown's best shops and restaurants
  • Dim sum luncheon (if option selected)
Exclusions:
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Tours operate rain or shine; please dress appropriately
  • If you have dietary restrictions, the restaurant can make substitutions upon your request
Itinerary:

Dim Sum Luncheon Sample Menu (if option selected)

Savory dim sum dishes
Pork and shrimp dumpling
Pork and shrimp potsticker
Steamed Shanghai pork dumpling
Steamed chicken and cilantro dumpling
Steamed barbecued pork bun
Vegetable egg roll
Vegetarian fried rice
Chicken chow mein

Dessert
Sesame ball filled with sweet bean paste

Specialty teas
Jasmine and chrysanthemum tea
Terms and Conditions:
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Bernita M, December 2014

So much fun and informative! The tour guide grew up in Chinatown and was full of information. Not only did she know the history of Chinatown she had love for the area and it's people. This made the experience very special for us. We had visited Chinatown many times before, but never took a tour. Seeing the area through her eyes opened ours!

Reviewed by: SUSAN F, December 2014

Our guide, Linda Lee, was great. We enjoyed the Pharmacy, the grocery store and the Fortune Cookie Factory. Linda has a wonderful sense of humor and made the walking tour informative and fun.

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