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Tour code: 2326WALK
Dive deep into one of San Francisco’s most historical neighborhoods on this Chinatown walking tour. From paper lanterns to medicinal herbs to a fortune cookie factory, you’ll explore both popular and lesser-known gems in this bustling district with an in-the-know guide. See sights including a Buddhist temple, and upgrade, if you wish, to include a 10-course lunch of dim sum for an even more memorable experience.

Highlights

  • 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

Explore San Francisco’s Chinatown and discover a few hidden highlights on this 2-hour walking tour that includes an upgrade option for a 10-course Chinese dim sum lunch (an additional hour).

Your tour starts at Old St Mary’s Cathedral, where you’ll meet your informative guide. As you wander this colorful, lively neighborhood, listen to commentary from your guide about Chinatown’s history, culture and present-day authenticity. Take note of Chinese decorations that line the streets, pass by buildings designed like pagodas, and visit an herbal pharmacy, where you’ll hear about medicinal uses of items such as ginseng root, pearl pills and gecko lizards.

Follow your guide along Stockton Street, which bustles with markets selling seafood and some of San Francisco’ most exotic ingredients, and learn a bit about Chinatown's religious influence at a Buddhist temple that’s home to gold antiques and urns filled with incense. Pass by a Chinese-language school, and stop at Waverly Place, an intriguing 2-block alley lined with temples and secret clubs.

Next up, head to fortune cookie factory, where you can observe how the treats are made and enjoy a sample. Your walking tour ends near your starting point, from where can continue exploring on your own; perhaps visit the local shops or have lunch at a restaurant recommended by your guide.

If you upgrade when booking to the 10-course luncheon, you’ll sit down to delicious dim sum at a favorite Chinatown restaurant. See below for a sample menu.

Itinerary

Dim sum sample menu (if option selected; subject to change):

Savory pieces
Pork and shrimp dumpling
Pork and shrimp pot sticker
Steamed Shanghai pork dumpling
Steamed chicken and cilantro dumpling
Steamed barbecued pork bun
Vegetable egg roll
Vegetarian fried rice
Chicken chow mein

Dessert
Sesame ball filled with sweet bean paste

Specialty teas
Jasmine and chrysanthemum

Customer Reviews

Anne A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Fantastic tour. Ms. Lee is an excellent guide and I really liked how she tailored her guide to the people in our particular tour group. She is knowledgeable, has a great sense of humor and really taught the whole group a lot about Chinatown. We would take this tour again.

JoAnn M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Linda our tour guide was wonderful. She grew up in China town and knew all about it.

Aaron R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We ended up with our own private tour! Linda was great, funny and very knowledge able. The lunch at the end was excellent. I would recommend this trip.

Megan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was the best part of my visit to San Francisco. Our guide took us to the best gems in the Mission District. The food was incredible and the art was beautiful. I wish I could come back and do it all over again. Highly recommend this experience!

Chuck K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Jim was a great tour guide. Extremely knowledgeable regarding history, customs and specifics.
After 55 years of tromping around San Francisco and Chinatown, I learned new facts about Chinatown as well as The City.
Our group was most pleased to participate in this tour.

Cschin2004

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great tour. Guide Linda Lee was engaging, entertaining, and informative. We learned many things we never would have on our own. The visit to the fortune cookie factory was my favorite. The fortune cookies were delicious. I only wish I had brought more bags of them home.

Timothy H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

We loved our tour guide, Linda Lee! She made the experience entertaining as well as informative! We went for the lunch also and it was delicious! Didn't have to order...it was a sampling of different dishes. Loved, loved, loved it!

Leah USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This is a gem of a tour. We enjoyed it immensely and we would highly recommend it.

Lisa A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

The tour of Chinatown was fabulous, and our tour guide, top-notch!

lizard_b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Linda Lee our guide was great. She is local and provided us with a great tour of Chinatown. So much to see so it was helpful having her show us around

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