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San Francisco Chinatown Tour: Through the Dragon's Gate

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1.5 hours

Max 20

Why take this tour?

In the company of an expert local, get to know one of the most intriguing spaces in the United States - San Francisco's legendary Chinatown. Hailed as the largest and oldest enclave of Chinese people, customs, and traditions outside of Asia, a few hours spent wandering through the bazaar-esque streets is considered essential when visiting San Francisco.

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.Visit the most interesting spaces and places in San Francisco's Chinatown with a local expert
  • Created with Sketch.Discover the local culture including explanations about intriguing Chinese customs and traditions
  • Created with Sketch.Indulge on warm fortune cookies at the famed Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory and take special treats home
  • Created with Sketch.Pause at local businesses including a visit to a traditional apothecary and beloved bakery
  • Created with Sketch.Gather excellent eating recommendations from the best "strictly locals" Dim Sum to spicy Sichuan stops

Health & Safety Standards

At Walks we take your health and the health of our community seriously. To accomplish this, we have set a series of standards that will be implemented across every tour;

  • Walks has been certified by SanseeShield.com
  • Walks Guides have received health & safety training, are self-monitoring temperatures daily, and trained in group social distancing practices
  • We ask our guides and guests to wash their hands regularly and carry hand sanitzier
  • Our guides and guests are required to wear masks in accordance with the local government regulations
  • If headsets are needed, they are disinfected at the beginning and end of your experience
  • All Walks tours are always small groups to give you the maximum comfort and safety

Discover the history and modern culture of San Francisco's Chinatown

COVID UPDATE. Effective August 20, 2021, proof of Covid-19 vaccination (over the age of 12) is required to enter sites on this tour. Everyone (over the age of 2) is required to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status while indoors. For full requirements, please check here.

As the largest Chinese enclave outside of Asia and the oldest in North America, your personal local will weave you through the most vibrant spaces and lesser-known sites. Take in the small bakeries, peek into a traditional Eastern pharmacy to see the various herbs and medicinal powders, and stop by the legendary Golden...

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COVID UPDATE. Effective August 20, 2021, proof of Covid-19 vaccination (over the age of 12) is required to enter sites on this tour. Everyone (over the age of 2) is required to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status while indoors. For full requirements, please check here.

As the largest Chinese enclave outside of Asia and the oldest in North America, your personal local will weave you through the most vibrant spaces and lesser-known sites. Take in the small bakeries, peek into a traditional Eastern pharmacy to see the various herbs and medicinal powders, and stop by the legendary Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory for insight into the art of fortune cookie making! Not only will you be able to try warm cookies just off the machine, but you will also take home a personalized treat just for you!

Begin your tour just outside the Dragon Gates, where this traditional "Paifang" style entrance flocked by two Imperial guardian lions (shishi) protects the southern entrance into a land where wonder greets history. It is here your guide will set the stage - quickly dissecting the symbolism within its concrete.

As you begin your journey into the heart of the neighborhood, learn of the flood of immigration in the mid-19th century (and why!), the thriving businesses that post up on these streets, and all the vice that followed. As you visit the sites of significance such as Old St. Mary's Cathedral and Waverly Place, your local guide will divulge the sometimes "too incredible to believe" stories and factual history paving the way for Chinatown's significance not only in San Francisco but the story of the United States.

With visits to some modern stores beloved by locals while keeping their foot in the traditional past, visit a local apothecary, a shop selling essentials of the afterlife, and a few of the "strictly locals" spots for dim sum, Sichuan, and Cantonese cuisine. Cap your time with a visit to the famed Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory where warm treats await you! See these handmade cookies come off the oven and take home a custom treat just for you!

As you weave your way to the closing of the tour, your guide will prepare you for your evening - departing at the crossroads of three “foodie” neighborhoods where you can easily walk to some incredible places to enjoy dinner based on their experience and local knowledge.

  • Sites Visited
  • Dragon Gate
  • Grant Avenue (main street of Chinatown)
  • Old St Mary's Cathedral and Square
  • Chinese Bakery
  • Chinese Pharmacy
  • Waverly Place
  • Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory
  • Alleyways of Chinatown
  • Tour Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Expertly guided walking tour
  • Food tasting - Fortune Cookie
  • Custom Made Fortune Cookies
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