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  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration: 2 - 3 hours (depending on if lunch is selected) (approx.)
From USD $35.00

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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
Duration:
2 - 3 hours (depending on if lunch is selected)
Return Details:
Returns near the original departure point

Pricing information

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Walking Tour
Code: TOUR

2-hour walking tour

From
USD $35.00
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Walking Tour with Lunch
Code: TOULUN

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

From
USD $55.00
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Pricing information

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 within 48 hours of booking, 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 sample menu (if option selected; subject to change):

Savory pieces
Pork and shrimp dumpling
Pork and shrimp pot sticker
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
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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Michelle M, October 2016

We took 4 tours in San Francisco and this one was the favorite of everyone in our group! Linda was funny, knowledgable, and obviously cares deeply about the area and making sure that everyone who visits Chinatown leaves loving it! We had the optional dim sum lunch and the steamed buns were some of the best I've had! For the price and what we did, I think this was a great value!

Reviewed by: Patricia H, October 2016

Linda Lee was a great tour guide and very aware of everything going on in Chinatown. It was interesting to visit the pharmacy and grocery store which was very different from where one usually shops. Lunch was delicious! I would absolutely recommend this tour.