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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

Customer Reviews

Deborah C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Linda Lee a chinatown native and tour guide for 30 plus years gave our small group a fun, informative and lively tour. She easily engaged two seniors, a mom, a 9 yr old and two teens! Not an easy feat. She was prepared with so much great information on the history and current day life in chinatwn and used her personal experience to bring it all alive.
We all loved the chinese food market and the fortune cookie factory. I did not include lunch as i was meeting a friend at a sichuan place, but linda gave me directions. I highly rate this tour, fun, informative and a great value!

Karen A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

It was a cold windy day in SF but Linda Lee warmed our hearts with her comprehensive tour and history of Chinatown. She shared her personal history growing up in Chinatown. Lunch at the Oriental Pearl was a good addition. Afterwards, we walked around the corner for a tea tasting at Vital Tea Leaf. We highly recommend this tour.

M M B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

One of the highlights for our San Francisco trip. Lynn was friendly, professional, easy to understand and focused on things that our group said were of interest. She added a tea tasting into the tour which was great. The dim sum lunch was a great way to end the tour. Highly recommend this tour.

Deanne S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Very interesting!

Michelle M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We took 4 tours in San Francisco and this one was the favorite of everyone in our group! Linda was funny, knowledgable, and obviously cares deeply about the area and making sure that everyone who visits Chinatown leaves loving it! We had the optional dim sum lunch and the steamed buns were some of the best I've had! For the price and what we did, I think this was a great value!

Patricia H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Linda Lee was a great tour guide and very aware of everything going on in Chinatown. It was interesting to visit the pharmacy and grocery store which was very different from where one usually shops. Lunch was delicious! I would absolutely recommend this tour.

Edward S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great experience!

bobzag007

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Linda Lee was very entertaining and informative and made this walking tour fun! Linda has been providing walking tours for many years. Her insights into the history of Chinatown and Chinese immigrants and Chinese culture was outstanding. My wife and I highly recommend this tour. Include the dim sum lunch as part of your tour..... it was absolutely delicious!

aecmills

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our Chinatown Walking Tour. Our guide was excellent and the dim sum 10 course meal was delicious. Everyone on the tour enjoyed dining together and the conversation flowed nicely.

Lauri B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our tour of Chinatown took place during the Moon Festival, an interesting addition to the experience. Alan Fong was our very knowledgeable guide and shared many personal experiences of growing up in the area and attending the Chinese school. The dim sum lunch was great!
Eileen S.

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