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  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration:  2 - 3 hours (depending on if lunch is selected)
Uncover the secrets of San Francisco's Chinatown district on this fascinating walking tour. Immerse yourself in the vibrant colors, buzzing atmosphere and rich heritage and culture of this storied neighborhood as your insider guide takes you to popular and off-the-beaten path locations, including an authentic Buddhist temple, an herbal pharmacy and Waverly Place, an unassuming 2-block-long alley full of interesting history. Stroll by the street food markets, sample fortune cookies at the factory where they're made, and upgrade to include a 10-course dim sum lunch. You'll leave with a whole new appreciation for this slice of the city!


  • Walking tour of San Francisco's Chinatown
  • Tour popular sights and off-the-beaten-path spots that only locals know about
  • See the buzzing food markets along Stockton Street and explore Waverly Place
  • Pop into an herbal pharmacy and an authentic Buddhist temple
  • Sample fortune cookies at the factory where they are made
  • Learn about Chinatown's fascinating history and culture from your expert insider guide
  • Upgrade includes a mouthwatering 10-course dim sum lunch!

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Chinatown is such a historic and bustling area of San Francisco that it's best seen with an insider -- and the guide on this tour is fantastic! Finish your walk around the neighborhood with an optional dim sum lunch or continue wandering the colorful streets on your own.

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What You Can Expect

San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour

San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour

Meet at Old St Mary's Cathedral to begin your walking tour of Chinatown's most popular sights and hidden locales. Your guide will teach you all about the history and culture of Chinatown, explaining how the remarkable authenticity of ancient Chinese culture has been preserved and celebrated in its road to becoming a must-visit San Francisco attraction.

As you navigate a historic maze of mysterious sights, have your camera out as you admire eye-popping Chinese decorations adorning the streets. Pass pagoda-style buildings and hear about their significance, and step inside an herbal pharmacy to learn about the uses of ginseng root for longevity, pearl pills for beautiful skin and gecko lizards for energy.

Stroll down Stockton Street past busy markets selling some of the freshest and most exotic foods in the Bay Area. Gain an understanding of Chinatown's religious culture as you visit an authentic Buddhist temple, where you'll see dazzling altars adorned with red lanterns, gold antiques and incense-filled bronze urns. You'll also see a Chinese language school to find out how local Chinese families keep alive language and cultural traditions for their children.

At your next stop, Waverly Place, your guide will give you the inside scoop on Chinatown's most interesting alley full of temples, private clubs and secret societies. This 2-block-long street may seem unassuming at first glance, but you may be surprised at what you learn.

If the intoxicating sights, sounds and smells aren't enough, get ready for a great taste of Chinatown. Visit a fortune cookie factory to sample these 'wise' cookies and watch how they're made. Upgrade to include a hosted 10-course dim sum luncheon at one of Chinatown's most popular restaurants!

Ending back near your original starting point, you'll leave with a list of recommended stores and restaurants in Chinatown, so you can continue exploring Chinatown like a real insider.


Dim Sum Luncheon Sample Menu (if option selected)

Savory dim sum dishes
Pork and shrimp dumpling
Pork and shrimp potsticker
Steamed Shanghai pork dumpling
Steamed chicken and cilantro dumpling
Steamed barbecued pork bun
Vegetable egg roll
Vegetarian fried rice
Chicken chow mein

Sesame ball filled with sweet bean paste

Specialty teas
Jasmine and chrysanthemum tea

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Tour guide-Linda was excellent. Food was great!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The Chinatown Walking Tour was really fun. We learned a lot about the Chinese culture and their language.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The tour was wonderful. Linda Lee was a terrific guide. She was humorous and informative. The lunch was excellent. Linda had chosen a number of items she thought we would like. I would highly recommend this tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Very interesting. We really learned a lot about Chinatown. We really loved the visit to the pharmacy.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Linda Lee is an excellent tour guide. Having grown up in the area, she knows and imparts so much more than you get with the bland, canned tours. She is very funny and involves everyone -- all ages-- in the exploring process. She adapts each tour to the interests of the specific group. we saw an herb shop, the telephone exchange, the chinese school, a budhist temple, the family buildings, visited a fortune cookie company, a chinese market and much more. we also added the lunch feature and it was interesting for our grandchildren to try new things like the sesame ball desert and the sticky pork buns. A great few hours -- fun and informative.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Linda Lee was our guide and she was superb! She made the tour fun AND educational!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Linda was very informative. She grew up in the neighborhood so she gave us an in-depth view of the social/ economic structure and history of the community. Linda is also very funny.My kids LOVED it. I am in poor health at the moment but I was able to keep up because the pacing is reasonable. Great!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We loved learning about Chinatown and its history!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

amazing - everything everyone says is true -Linda is a rare gem

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Alan was amazing. As a Chinese American that grew up nearby he had amazing back stories on the history and culture of the area. So glad we booked this.

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