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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

Cynthia D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This Chinatown Walking Tour with Linda Lee was a highlight of our trip to San Francisco! Linda is very knowledgeable and friendly. I highly recommend the Dim Sum lunch afterwards. My teenage children enjoyed the trip as much as I did. Thanks Linda!

bege2

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent tour. Linda Lee was our guide and having lived in Chinatown while growing up, she shared so many of her own experiences along with today's Chinatown. Very knowledgeable, friendly, funny and made great recommendations for eating and shopping in that area. Highly recommend this tour. Barbara and Gene

Jody A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Loved this tour! Found out so much about life in Chinatown and Chinese culture. The neighborhood is full of surprises. Lunch was good. Would have liked to order off the menu. Guide was great.

Cynthia S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great tour ! Our guide Linda was very informative and funny. Would love to take this tour again.

Mary F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We loved the tour Linda gave to us. We did a tour of Chinatown a few years ago, but this was so much better. Highly recommend having the lunch with the group after the tour.

Ralph C T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was great. We especially enjoyed our very knowledgeable tour guide, Linda Lee. The dim sum lunch at the end of the tour was good as well. Linda really puts her heart into it.

Dawn H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Linda Lee is simply amazing...her tour is the best!! She knows everything about Chinatown it's her home and we saw some amazing sights! You must take her tour!!

Judith G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Linda was engaging, informative and has a good sense of humor.

Amy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very enjoyable and informative tour! Glad we took the tour rather than just wondering around Chinatown on our own.

michael p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

tour guide was very knowledgeable and lunch was very good

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