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 ... More info ›
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 9-course dim sum lunch. You'll leave with a whole new appreciation for this slice of the city!
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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.
Dim sum sample menu (if option selected; subject to change):
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
Sesame ball filled with sweet bean paste
Jasmine and chrysanthemum
Stop At: St. Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco, California
The tour departs daily at 10am from Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, on the corner of California St. and Grant Ave.
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Chinatown, San Francisco, California
This electric neighborhood of 100,000 people is not to be missed, and it's not hard to find: listen for the clack of mahjongg tiles and nose out the salty spicy squid.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Portsmouth Square, San Francisco, California
Chinatown’s outdoor living room and the birthplace of San Francisco’s first American flag, first public school, and first cable car line
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Stockton Street, San Francisco, California
Stroll among the freshest and most exotic foods in the Bay Area at the Stockton Street Food Markets
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Golden Gate Fortune Cookies Co, San Francisco, California
We’ll sample these “wise crackers” and watch how it’s done.
Duration: 20 minutes