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San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour with Optional Lunch

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Overview
Dive deep into Chinatown, one of San Francisco’s most historical neighborhoods, on this walking tour. Your guide shares commentary as you explore highlights including a Buddhist temple, fortune cookie factory, and medicinal herb shop, visiting both well-known sights and hidden gems in this vibrant district. Upgrade to include a 10-course dim sum lunch for a flavorful meal at one of Chinatown's great restaurants.
Highlights
  • Discover the shops, temples, and food purveyors of Chinatown
  • Taste fortune cookies after learning how they are made
  • Hear the history of immigration to San Francisco from China
  • Upgrade to include a 10-course Chinese dim sum lunch
What to Expect
Make your own way to Old St. Mary’s Cathedral to meet your guide, who shares commentary about Chinatown’s history, culture, and daily life. Stroll along Stockton Street, passing markets with fresh seafood, vegetable vendors, tea shops, and Chinese bakeries. Stop at an herbal pharmacy, where you’ll learn about the medicinal uses of items such as ginseng root, gecko lizards, and pearl pills. Then try the samples at a fortune cookie factory. See a Chinese-language school and Waverly Place, an alley filled with temples and secret clubs. Note buildings designed to resemble pagodas, and Chinese decor along the streets. Go to a Buddhist temple that houses gold antiques, and learn about Chinese Buddhism in local practice. Your tour ends near your starting point. Upgrade to include the 10-course lunch at a popular dim sum restaurant in Chinatown (sample menu below).
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Important Information
Departure Point
Old St Mary's Cathedral, 660 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
Departure Time
10:00 AM
Duration
2h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Fortune cookie tasting
  • Insider's list to Chinatown's best shops and restaurants
  • Dim sum luncheon (if option selected)
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Tours operate rain or shine; please dress appropriately
  • If you have dietary restrictions, the restaurant can make substitutions upon your request
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 2 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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We selected the Chinatown tour on the spur of the moment. We walked up from our hotel at the Wharf and met our tour guide Linda, a long time resident of Chinatown from a large family. We met our group at the Church in Chinatown, which was beautiful, with a lot of history. Our
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Our walking tour guide Linda was absolutely amazing. She was knowledgeable, so personable and funny she made our Chinatown tour one of our most memorable moments of our entire San Francisco visit. Linda gave us a peek into the history and a culture we knew little of and we Thank
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Linda Lee provided a factful, informative and cultural experience of Chinatown. Loved the experience.
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Response from Linda L, Owner at San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour with Optional Lunch
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Ron S: Thank you for the 5 star review!
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We took the Chinatown tour with lunch; our tour guide was Linda. We learned a lot about the history of the community and saw interesting parts of Chinatown. Linda was entertaining and knowledgeable. Plan on doing this!
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Response from Linda L, Owner at San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour with Optional Lunch
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hi Joanne: Thanks for your 5 star review and I'm glad you took this tour with us!
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The Chinatown walking tour was a great way to spend the morning/afternoon. Having visited SF many times but never having explored Chinatown, I loved having a guide to point things out and discuss the history of the area. We got to visit several shops and a temple and each
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Response from Linda L, Owner at San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour with Optional Lunch
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Lilitrea: What a "treat" to read on a Trick or Treat day! Thanks for the positive review and I hope you visit Chinatown again when you return to San Francisco.
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By: All About Chinatown Tours
494 reviews
Certificate of Excellence
John E
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“An Unforgettable Cultural Learning Experience-Great Chinatown Walking Tour “
We selected the Chinatown tour on the spur of the moment. We walked up from our hotel at the Wharf and met our
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318vickid
Carrollton, Texas
41
Sooooooo worth it !
Our walking tour guide Linda was absolutely amazing. She was knowledgeable, so personable and funny she made our
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Ron S
Montreal, Canada
63
Chinatown we never knew
Linda Lee provided a factful, informative and cultural experience of Chinatown. Loved the experience.
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JoanneZ128
Caledonia, Minnesota
41
Great Tour
We took the Chinatown tour with lunch; our tour guide was Linda. We learned a lot about the history of the
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Lilitreamont
Montclair, New Jersey
60
Fun and Informative
The Chinatown walking tour was a great way to spend the morning/afternoon. Having visited SF many times but never
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BGfromWNC
Hendersonville, NC
10
Linda, a Chinatown native, was wonderful!
I’ve been on many tours but this one is close to the top, mostly because the tour guide -Linda- gave us a
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FrannieD4121
Canton, Massachusetts, United States
30
We loved our Chinatown tour!
We were so lucky to have Linda Lee as our tour guide! She was truly the best. She took us to a small herbal shop,
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capecodcatz
Unionville, Connecticut
40
Fun and informative.
Great way to get a feel for the history. We did dim sum on our own, a better value that way. The guide was great.
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davidaG5868GT
Delray Beach, Florida
10
Don't miss!
Linda Lee was fantastic! We did not know exactly what to expect, but the tour turned out much more fun,
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memeye
Cleveland, Ohio
3112
So enjoyable
I went with 3 friends on the tour and we all enjoyed it very much. It was Entertaining, educational and our guide
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Zozoflower
New Plymouth, New Zealand
21
Fantastic way to spend 3 hours!
What an amazing tour. Linda is hilarious, knowledgeable and just all around awesome. I saw this tour and
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Jet75821
20
Fun and authentic
Linda was fun and engaging. This is a tour into the non touristy parts of Chinatown. We went to a market with
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Ohsoglamjewels
78
China town tour with dim sum lunch
Linda was amazing, very informative tour of China town, and the dim sum lunch was an added plus to this tour.
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liwaif
charlotte nc
9421
Fun and interesting tour
My husband and I had a great time on the tour. Linda Lee was full of interesting info about Chinatown. She kept
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Daulton B
10
super tour
Linda Lee, a first generation Chinese, who grew up in San Francisco's Chinatown, did a fabulous job of guiding our
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  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Languages Offered: English
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