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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

Cynthia Yee was an amazing tour guide, friendly, easy going, and very informative!

My boyfriend and I being locals, me of 6 years and him born and raised in San Francisco never thought to take a tour in our own City. I'm so glad we did, because this is a must-take-tour ESPECIALLY for locals. Even he was surprised how much he didn't know about Chinatown!

We learned so much that night, Friday the 13th, a surprisingly quiet night for Cynthia's Ghost Walking Tour of Chinatown. The tour was very personal as we were the only attendees that night. I guess people really didn't want to actually risk seeing a ghost on a night fated to be unlucky :D

I don't want to spoil the tour for future takers, but we learned so much as though we were hearing stories from a family member or friend, stories of Chinese heritage and history in SF we never knew before from secret passageways of escape for immigrants when Chinatown was first developing, to the bubonic plague in the early 1900s, tales of sailors and ladies of the night along the Barbary Coast, the origin of getting shanghaied, and of course stories of many an infamous murder and locations of ghost sightings.

Though we didn't see, hear, or feel any strange presences, we did think we smelled a whiff of perfume from a fabled lady killed at Fragrance Alley. I would absolutely purchase this tour again and bring more friends next time to impress them and learn even more about the history of Chinatown. Maybe around Halloween time.

Jonathan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

Great Tour Guide. We loved the interactive aspect. Great fun exploring hidden secrets of Chinatown. 100 recommended for everyone older than 12!

leah d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

Very fun and interesting, gave interesting history of Chinatown, loved it!

Karen M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Tour started on time and we walked all around the hidden alleys of ChinaTown. Our Guide told us many stories about the ghosts and legends from the neighborhood. It was a fascinating look at another culture right here. Well worth the expense and time.

Joselyn M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

This was such a great and different idea to do for Halloween instead of going to the clubs... our tour guide Ruby was amazing!! Very nice, entertaining but most of all knowledgeable. She had a lot of great information to share and kept us moving and wondering more along the way. I definitely recommend this tour if your just visiting Sf or just want to be entertained about spooky ghost stories.

tony p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

was very informative, I don't think Ruby stopped talking once during the tour. I liked it very much and would recommend it to anyone.

Kim P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

This was a fantastic tour, the guide was extremely knowledgable and told very interesting stories. We even used an EMF reader that detected the presence of spirits in certain places we visited. I would definitely recommend this tour.

A. Kristen V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2015

This was a great tour. We had fun and learned lots of interesting facts about China Town. Cynthia, our guide, was wonderful and very informative. Ended the tour with delicious fortune cookies. We would take this tour again.

Chris M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

My wife really wanted to do this one but i think i eneded up likeing it just as much well worth it very interesting and a nice stroll around china town. highly recommend

Deanna D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

Loved it!!! Cynthia was a wonderful, knowledgeable guide. The tour was the perfect length and told some great stories about the history of Chinatown. We loved seeing the colorful buildings and alley ways. Would highly recommend.

John P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2014

Great tour...informative and fun...made the trip to Chinatown worth it.

stephen b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

Our guide Cynthia was very good,taking us through china town, the bits you could see from the street and the hidden allyways and DEADends.
Heard some good stories about the birth of chinatown and some people and spirits that have inhabited the place,a good walk,very entertaining.
If you are planning to eat then i suggest you eat before the walk, we found that a lot of the resturants were closed when we finished the walk.
A very good night out!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2014

Our guide was very friendly, informative and funny. After having done a dozen weekend trips to SF, this tour gave it new life. Learned many things about Chinatown we never knew. Would definitely recommend to friends and even friends with pre-teens. Thank you to our great guide and viator.

Deborah P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

I actually enjoyed this tour a lot more than I expected. Not only did I hear tales about those who had passed and may still haunt the area, but I got an education on Chinatown itself, the Chinese culture and feng shui, which I still don't fully understand but have more knowledge about it than I did.

Though it is San Francisco, I wasn't expecting as many steep inclines on the tour. So if you have mobility or health issues, keep this in mind. Don't get me wrong. The inclines are doable, but if you're asthmatic (like I am) or have joint pain, you will get a bit winded - so use caution.

I would highly recommend this tour to anyone looking for a fun evening out. (And Four Seas where the tour starts has pretty darn good food as well.)

luis b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

This was the highlight to mine and my daughters trip, we had a lot of fun hearing about the history of Chinatown and the many ghost stories. We will definitely be taking this tour again.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

Michael and I enjoyed your tour very much. We give you a 5 stars

Sharon Walczak

Stephen E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

Very nice tour!

Judith B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

Best decision I made. We had dinner at the Four Seas (meeting place) and immediately after dinner started our tour of Chinatown. It was informative and fun. Would recommend this tour to everyone.

Penelope F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

This tour was a highlight of our trip. Cynthia was our guide and she brought the history to life . I would highly recommend this tour to everyone.

cody b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

It was a fun and informative tour. We took our whole family and the 8 year old had as much fun as the 17 year old!

Jason Mark R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2013

This was a really great tour and an excellent evening for my 12 year old son and myself. The history of Chinatown, the maze of darkened back alleys, and the firecrackers to ward off negative energy all added to the anecdotes of the tour guide. The tour ended with an unexpected magic show, which was an uneasy fit with the tour, but entertaining nonetheless.

Barbara C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2011

It was great fun and very authentic

Shirley S USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2010

This was a very fun tour with interesting information and views of Chinatown in a new way, after dark.

Kelly G USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2009

I thought this was a great tour of Chinatown after dark. We wandered through a ton of the interesting alleyways and the guide had great commentary on Chinatown history, Chinese superstitions and tales of ghosts in Chinatown. My favorite part was seeing and hearing people playing mah-jongg. The fortune cookie factory was also fantastic.

Mandy D United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2008

An experience into the other side of Chinatown, and our navigator made it all the more special as she had family connections, and certainly knows how to entertain, making it more real. The history she told us was exciting plus heartfelt stories made me look at the town with a different perspective. All in all it was very interesting, and moving experience. Well worth exploring.

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