Guided Exploration of Chinatown in San Francisco

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Explore the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest outside Asia. Uncover the back alleys and the real Chinatown where locals live and conduct their lives and tourists rarely venture.
Duration:  1hr 45mins - 3hrs 45mins
Cancellation:  24.0hrs
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  • Enjoy a comprehensive and interactive jaunt through the oldest Chinatown in North America with a friendly and knowledgeable local guide
  • Feel as if you have been transported to Asia, where English is not the primary language, and the air carries the fragrance of green tea and incense
  • Visit the usual stops for tourists and travelers, then check out the area where the locals live and continue age-old traditions
  • Learn about the history of the neighborhood, which stretches all the way back to the 1840s
  • Visit a fortune cookie factory, Chinese herbalists and bakeries, a sausage factory, and stop at a tea tasting ceremony
  • Head to a Buddhist Temple to take part in a ceremony and have your future foretold
  • Explore open-air markets, public squares, cultural centers, narrow staircases, and visit the first Catholic Cathedral in California

What's Included

  • Optional lunch provided
  • Chinatown walking tour
  • Comprehensive historical commentary
  • Expert guide
  • Photos will be taken and sent to you after the tour

Additional Information

Please wear comfortable shoes. Upon booking, please let vendor know if you have any specific dietary restrictions or allergies. This walking tour will cross many hills on crowded narrow streets. Many parts of this tour are not wheelchair accessible. For example, Buddhist temples are almost exclusively on the top floor, which in Chinatown means the 3rd or 4th floor with no elevator. No pets.

Cancellation policy

Full refunds for cancellations made at least 24 hours in advance.

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May 6, 2015
Our guide Dan is why I chose this rating. As a native of Chinatown, Dan is a loving and knowledgeable advocate of his neighborhood. He really listened to us and our questions about his culture, history, food and architecture, and showed us so much more than we expected to see. We had a great time.
Feb 25, 2015
As a long time SF resident I've been to Chinatown many times; but on a whim I booked the Explore SF tour and had the good fortune to join a small walking tour led by Dan Chew. Instead of a 'scripted' few hours, he spoke sincerely and knowledgeably about this district that he grew up in sharing personal anecdotes as well as many interesting facts about the history, architecture, and culture - capturing the vibrancy and resilience of this neighborhood. Besides interesting sites including a Buddhist temple and a tea lounge, he gave us great tips on markets and restaurants to return to. I'm reaching out to several friends to book a food tour together with Dan in Chinatown in the near future; it was great to meet him and I highly recommend his tours.
Jan 22, 2014
I felt the guide did not have enough knowledge in his head about the subject matter. To much having to constantly read from his iPad. Nice guy, made a effort to be sure the group did not get lost and yet let us explore the stores and temples.


Meeting location:  Bush St


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