Reviewed by: Marian M, November 2016
I went on this tour with my two young-adult daughters and all three of us loved it. The ghost stories were fun to hear, and we got to throw loud snappers each time the word ghost was pronounced. But what I found most interesting was the cultural and historical background of Chinatown and the back-streets tour. Our guide was charming and informative.
Reviewed by: Tina F, October 2016
A great time had by all. Ruby was very informative. She had a nice walking pace to enable everyone to keep up. Thank you
Reviewed by: sophieirizarry, July 2016
The stories about China Town and the experience of things we saw :
Reviewed by: Stephanie O, July 2016
So interesting and fun! We really enjoyed all of the history and dark stories our guide shared with us. She is so knowledgeable and was able to answer lots of questions from our group. I would highly recommend this tour!
Reviewed by: Nathan N, July 2016
This tour was very informative and took you places you would never dare to walk in Chinatown. The lady that does this tour is very nice and was a lot of fun to be around.
Reviewed by: Linda C, June 2016
This tour was amazing!
Reviewed by: tearsurfjoy, May 2016
Cynthia Yee was an amazing tour guide, friendly, easy going, and very informative!
My boyfriend and I being locals, me of 6 years and him born and raised in San Francisco never thought to take a tour in our own City. I'm so glad we did, because this is a must-take-tour ESPECIALLY for locals. Even he was surprised how much he didn't know about Chinatown!
We learned so much that night, Friday the 13th, a surprisingly quiet night for Cynthia's Ghost Walking Tour of Chinatown. The tour was very personal as we were the only attendees that night. I guess people really didn't want to actually risk seeing a ghost on a night fated to be unlucky :D
I don't want to spoil the tour for future takers, but we learned so much as though we were hearing stories from a family member or friend, stories of Chinese heritage and history in SF we never knew before from secret passageways of escape for immigrants when Chinatown was first developing, to the bubonic plague in the early 1900s, tales of sailors and ladies of the night along the Barbary Coast, the origin of getting shanghaied, and of course stories of many an infamous murder and locations of ghost sightings.
Though we didn't see, hear, or feel any strange presences, we did think we smelled a whiff of perfume from a fabled lady killed at Fragrance Alley. I would absolutely purchase this tour again and bring more friends next time to impress them and learn even more about the history of Chinatown. Maybe around Halloween time.