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San Francisco's Chinatown: 3-Hour History and Culture Tour

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Key Details
Duration
2 hours
Mobile Voucher Accepted
Live Guide
English
Booklets
English
Easy Cancellation
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What You'll Do
  • Hear about Chinatown's earliest residents
  • Sample Chinatown's culinary delights
  • Experience Chinese Taoist and Buddhist temples
  • Explore the back alleys and side streets off the main tourist strip
Overview
Enjoy a history and culture tour of San Francisco's Chinatown, one of the city's most vibrant and colorful neighborhoods. Explore side streets and back alleys on a walk guided by a local historian. Visit temples and markets and sample the tea and food.
What to Expect
Explore the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown on this 3-hour tour that takes you to places that are the mainstays of daily life in the neighborhood. See open-air markets, fish mongers and dried seafood purveyors, Taoist and Buddhist temples, a Chinese herbalist's shop, a fortune cookie factory, a music store, and flower stalls.

Visit Portsmouth Square, Chinatown's central square and the site of historical events dating back to the 1800s.

The tour ends with a tea ceremony and tasting at a delightful tea shop.

From the main tourist strip to back alleys and side streets, you’ll experience the Chinatown most visitors rarely see. Please note that some activities or food items may be substituted or excluded based on venue availability.
What's Included
  • 3-hour history and culture walking tour
  • Some food along the way
  • Tea ceremony and tasting
  • Participation in a Buddhist ceremony
  • Souvenir of your Chinatown walking tour
  • Lunch or dinner may be purchased at an additional cost
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities for Guide and Food and Drink servers
  • Some activities or food items may be substituted or excluded based on venue availability
  • Gratuities are required in some Chinatown situations: 50 cents per photo taken, Buddhist monk's free jewelry gift costs USD 5.00. Temples and Churches (Buddhist, Taoist, Catholic) expect tipping for non-worshipping people who are just looking, between 1 USD and 5 USD. Your guide will explain what is necessary.
Meeting Point

Meet at the Chinatown gate, at the north-west corner of Bush Street and Grant Avenue, near the blue bonnet fire hydrant.

Know Before You Go
Meet at the Chinatown gate, at the north-west corner of Bush Street and Grant Avenue, near the blue bonnet fire hydrant.

Due to the food options, cancellations must be made 48 hours prior to the scheduled tour date.

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