"Entrance in Chinatown" Chinatown Tip by mydreamquest

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  Entrance to Chinatown on Grant and Bush
by mydreamquest

This is the entrance into Chinatown on Grant Street and Bush. Walk up Grant Street and you will first pass by the Old St Mary's Cathedral on California Street.

Once you past here, you will pass by a variety of souvenoir shops. Avoid the restaurants here as they are tourist traps and the food is not that good compared to the restaurants further in.

At that point, after 3 blocks or so, you will begin to hear Chinese Music being played, if you're lucky, you'll hear the Percussion of the Lion Dancers. You may hear little popping paper fire crackers that kids make noise with, and you'll hear crickets, yes crickets, a popular gift sold in the many tourist shops in Chinatown.

Avoid the art galleries as they will try to rip you off. One guy offered me a painting for $120, and without even speaking, he was suddenly marking it down to $40.00!! Be very skeptical of such business man and take 50% off that price if you really want the painting, but, whatever you do, never act like you want something.

The better chinese restaurants are on Broadway Street before the Broadway Tunnel and on Stockton Street. The best Chinese Bakery, Golden Gate Bakery is on Grant Street.

This is also a fun place to walk about at Night time. Sometimes on Stockton Street, you will have the rare pleasure of watching a funeral procession, mostly likely from the Green Street Mortuary.

On Saturdays and Sundays, there are often Chinese Weddings taking place in many of the Banquet Halls.

Address: Bordered by Broadway, Bush, Kearny, Stockton sts.
Directions: Ornamental gate at Grant and Bush intersection.
Phone: 888-212-3203
Website: http://www.sfchinatown.com/

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  • Written May 29, 2005
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