"Chinatown" Chinatown Tip by derats

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A few blocks north of Union Square is Chinatown, the most densely packed pocket of the city and one of its most colorful. The tacky curio shops along Grant Avenue are monuments to the role tourism plays in the neighborhood, but the 30,000 Chinese - most of whom speak Cantonese as their first language - live in a tightly-knit, distinctly un-Western
community. It's a great place for casual wandering through narrow alleys, where on quiet afternoons you can hear the clack of mah jongg tiles from behind screen doors. The most colorful time to visit Chinatown is during the Chinese New Year in late January or early
February, with a parade and fireworks and other festivities.

Address: Grant Ave. and Bush St. San Francisco, CA 94101
Directions: Ornamental Gate
Phone: +1 888-212-3203
Website: http://www.sanfranciscochinatown.com/

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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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