Through the Dragon Gate: Chinatown tour in San Francisco
Activities

Through the Dragon Gate: Chinatown tour in San Francisco

Free cancellation
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 1 hour 30 minutes
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Admire the Chinatown landmarks including Waverly Place, Portsmouth Square, St. Mary’s Cathedral and more
  • Enjoy a fresh fortune cookie tasting
  • Visit local favorites including like bakeries, clothing shops and traditional medicine shops
What to expect

You could spend days wandering the lantern-covered streets of Chinatown, but this hour-long tour has been designed as an introduction to immerse you in its unique history and culture and give you a few reasons to come back again later. The tour starts near the Dragon’s Gate, to discuss the history of this once-rough area, and address the mystery of SF’s moving waterline.

Stopping at historical points of interest, your guide will introduce you to the often-overlooked history of Asian immigration to the US - it goes back much farther than you may think - and explain the ways that Chinatown has been integral to the growth of San Francisco as a whole. But this tour is only partially about history; you'll also be immersed you in the modern life of the neighborhood that is a fascinating mix of East and West. You’ll stop off at landmarks like Waverly Place, Portsmouth Square, and St. Mary’s Cathedral. You'll discuss Chinese medicine at a traditional apothecary, tempt your tastebuds at some of the city’s best bakeries, and even taste some fresh fortune cookies (an SF invention) at the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory.

Before you go, your guide will recommend some of his favorite places to eat dim sum so you can come back later to eat in one of the foodie capitals of the city.

Sites Visited:

  • Dragon Gate
  • Grant Avenue (main street of Chinatown)
  • Old St Mary's Cathedral and Square
  • Chinese Bakery
  • Chinese Pharmacy
  • Waverly Place
  • Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory
  • Alleyways of Chinatown
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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitized between use
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative result from a recent antigen or molecular test may be required, please check the local requirements before your visit.
  • What's included
    • Guided walking tour with expert local guide
    • Food tasting - Fortune Cookie
    • Custom made Fortune Cookies
    Reduced price
    • Infants (under 2 years old): free
    Where

    10 Mark Lane San Francisco, CA 94108 (The Irish Bank), USA

    Meeting point:

    Please arrive 10 minutes before tour departure time

    What to remember
    • Guides and guests are required to wear masks in accordance with the local government regulations
    • Please note, on the Chinatown tour a visit of the Fortune Cookie Factory is not always guaranteed depending on how busy the factory is on the day of the visit
    • Due to San Francisco's hills as well as crowded city streets and unpaved pathways, guests with mobility limitations, wheelchairs, or strollers cannot be accommodated
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    When
    • Please refer to the calendar for updated starting times and availability
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    Provider
    Walks US
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 48 hours before the experience begins.

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