San Francisco Chinatown is the oldest in North America and the largest chinese community outside of China. It is mentioned as a top tourist attraction in almost every travel guide while being recommended as a must-visit place for every visitor of San Francisco in the biggest travel sites of the world.
Impressed by the large growth of the community within an already vast city such as San Francisco and the example it set being the inspiration for other Chinese communities in North America to be established, I decided to visit this fascinating district.
Being at the heart of the city, it makes it easily accessible – plus, it has many entrances.
Dragon Gate at Grant Avenue is the main entrance to Chinatown but if you're all about exploring the authentic, unspoiled part of the city, use the entrance on Stockton street. San Francisco's China is 24 blocks in the center of the city; keep that in mind when scheduling a visit.
It holds the title of the most densely packed neighbourhood west of Manhattan, with an estimated 15.000 Chinese living there. Do no miss the opportunity to experience the authentic asian spirit only a few blocks away from the sophisticated, cosmopolitan part of the city.
It is worth paying a visit since you'll love the Peking duck and Cantonese soup served in all traditional restaurants. If you've never been to Asia, you'll be fascinated by the resemblance of character and spirit with that of China.
Through my Instagram stories, I captured my experience and shared it with you. For more San Francisco tips, check my updated San Francisco Travel Guide.
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