San Francisco’s Downtown is the heart of today's city, and the site of today’s Chinatown was the heart of the original village. Discover these 2 vibrant neighborhoods on a 3-hour guided walk with a French-speaking guide providing commentary along the way.
What to Expect
Meet with your French-speaking guide under the clock of San Francisco’s Ferry Building, and get your first glimpse of Downtown. Walk along the waterfront, stopping to take in views of the islands in San Francisco Bay and of the Bay Bridge.
Your 3-hour tour then continues to the Rincon Center, an Art Déco building boasting stunning murals. Travel through the Financial District via a suspended promenade above the traffic, admiring the range of architectural styles.
In Chinatown, your guide will take you on a route that avoids the tourist crowds, and into a maze of narrow streets and alleyways where you'll encounter the ancient deities, Buddhist rites, and the Taoist art of divination. Meet local residents playing cards, chess, and mah-jongg in the local parks.
The tour ends at Chinatown’s Dragon Gate, at the corner of Grant and Bush Streets, close to the old French Quarter. From this point you can go shopping in Chinatown, take public transportation to your next destination, or walk to Union Square.
- Tour guide
- Donations to the temples and churches of Chinatown
Meet your guide under the clock at the Ferry Building, at the end of Market Street, San Francisco
Know Before You Go
• You should wear sun protection year-round, a hat or cap, a vest or sweater, a good pair of walking shoes, and bring water. Rain is possible during the winter, so an umbrella or rain gear may be necessary
• Children under 12 years of age can join for free, but must be able to participate for the duration of the tour
• The tour is wheelchair and stroller accessible