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Pass through the large dragon-guarded gateway (a gift from the Republic of China) to San Francisco Chinatown and you'll enter the area's most vibrant neighborhood. The streets are narrow and crowded with tourists and Chinatown residents, whose population is estimated at 100,000. They're here for the colorful sights and sounds, markets, curio shops, pagodas and all-night restaurants.
The shops along Grant Street, the main thoroughfare, offer plenty of tourist schlock -- it's half the fun. For a more authentic experience, wander along the side streets and alleys. Listen for the clack of mahjongg tiles or find a small eatery whose proprietor will teach you the intricacies of "kuai zi" (chopsticks). Don't miss the workers hand-folding fortune cookies at Golden Gate Fortune Cookies (56 Ross Alley). Hit Chinatown San Francisco California in February, and you'll be thrilled by one of the most spectacular Chinese New Year celebrations in the world. Call today toll free at 1-800-722-7141 or book online for your San Francisco hotel reservations.
Chinatown San Francisco is about eight blocks long and has two long main streets, Grant and Stockton. Grant is the more tourist-oriented street in, particularly on the end nearest Union Square and the Chinatown Gate. Stockton is home to many Chinese markets and stores. It's easy to give in to the urge to just shuffle down Grant Avenue, buy a few Chinese souvenirs or t-shirts and miss the real Chinatown. It's not far away, but you do have to pay attention or you'll miss it. Between Grant and Stockton, off the major cross streets, are Chinatown's alleys. Don't miss them, they are the essence Chinatown San Francisco California.
Many of the restaurants in Chinatown are tourist-oriented and not very good. If you want to eat while you're there, try:
850 Grant Avenue
Clay pot dishes, which are their specialty, are near back of menu. The Bow Hon special is very good. They don’t take credit cards or checks.
644 Broadway at Columbus
Serves excellent dim sum.
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