"If you can't afford the airfare to Beijing..." Chinatown Tip by Lhenne1
Chinatown, San Francisco: 180 reviews and 319 photos
Pass through the gate on Grant St and you feel as though you need your passport.
Chinatown is a 3 by about 5 block area of San Fran that feels as though you've stepped into Asia (or so I've been told, I'm still trying to work out a trip across the Pacific). As for shopping, you can find boutiques where you'll spend thousands and junk store where you can buy a ton of "stuff" for under a dollar. Restaurants work the same way...are you int eh mood for formal dining, casual fun or a simple cafeteria? The most impressive characteristic, then, was the eclectic flexibility of Chinatown...whatever you want you can get.
The architecture of Chinatown is another sight in itself. Many of the buildings are traditional city tenement-style with outer fire escapes, reaching 3-4 stories up. The buildings have been transformed, however, to appear more Asian with traditional Chinese-style moldings and colors. Across the streets hang paper lanters and the street lamps have a definite Chinese flair. It is these seemingly tiny touches that give Chinatown its wonderful atmosphere and appeal.
Address: Bordered by Broadway, Bush, Kearny, Stockton sts.
Directions: Ornamental gate at Grant and Bush intersection.
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