Top 10 Things to do in Chinatown

  1. Dragon’s Gate -the spectacular entrance to Chinatown on Bush and Grant Avenue.  Don’t miss this great place for snapping a photo with its beautiful green tile roof and wriggling dragons.
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  2. Open markets on Bush and Grant Avenue marvel at all the shops and dragon lanterns as you walk through the dragons gate and further into Chinatown.img_9619
  3. Chinatown Kite Factory located further North on Grant Street and carries the largest assortment of kites I’ve ever seen.  We just had to buy one!img_9628img_9621
  4. Fortune Cookie Factory can be hard to find.  It is down Ross Alley and the entrance is super small.  You can usually spot it by the line of customers piling out waiting to get a free sample.  Make sure you stay around long enough to see a demonstration of them making the cookies.  Try and resist buying all the things!img_9610img_9611img_9613
  5. Murals on Ross Alley and everywhere around Chinatown.
  6. Golden Gate Bakery a great place to pick up some sweets.
  7. House of Nanking comes highly recommended as a great place to grab lunch.
  8. Explore the alleyways of Spofford, Waverly Place, and Stockton Streetimg_9618
  9. Chinese Historical Society of America Museum filled with Chinese American history is open Tuesdays-Fridays: 12 pm-5 pm and Saturdays-Sundays: 10 am-4 pm.  Admission is $15 and children 12 and under are Free.  The first Sundays of the month admission is free to all. ywca
  10. Old St. Mary’s Cathedral sticks out like a sore thumb located right in the heart of Chinatown.  They do free tours specific hours usually early afternoon before 3:00.  You could also check out one of their services online.img_9632img_9634img_9630

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