San Francisco Chinatown Tour: Through the Dragon's Gate

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Location: San Francisco
Category: Tours & Sightseeing
Duration: 90.0 minutes
Trip difficulty: Easy
Max Group Size:
Currency: USD
Language: English
TimeZone: America/Los_Angeles
Highlights - Visit the most interesting spaces and places in San Francisco's Chinatown with a local expert
- Discover the local culture including explanations about intriguing Chinese customs and traditions
- Indulge on warm fortune cookies at the famed Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory and take special treats home
- Pause at local businesses including a visit to a traditional apothecary and beloved bakery
- Gather excellent eating recommendations from the best "strictly locals" Dim Sum to spicy Sichuan stops
In the company of an expert local, get to know one of the most intriguing spaces in the United States - San Francisco's legendary Chinatown. Hailed as the largest and oldest enclave of Chinese people, customs, and traditions outside of Asia, a few hours spent wandering through the bazaar-esque streets is considered essential when visiting San Francisco. 
As the largest Chinese enclave outside of Asia and the oldest in North America, your personal local will weave you through the most vibrant spaces and lesser-known sites. Take in the small bakeries, peek into a traditional Eastern pharmacy to see the various herbs and medicinal powders, and stop by the legendary Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory for insight into the art of fortune cookie making! Not only will you be able to try warm cookies just off the machine, but you will also take home a personalized treat just for you!

Begin your tour just outside the Dragon Gate, where this traditional "Paifang" style entrance flocked by two Imperial guardian lions (shishi) protects the southern entrance into a land where wonder greets history. It is here your guide will set the stage - quickly dissecting the symbolism within its concrete. 

As you begin your journey into the heart of the neighborhood, learn of the flood of immigration in the mid-19th century (and why!), the thriving businesses that post up on these streets, and all the vice that followed. As you visit the sites of significance such as Old St. Mary's Cathedral and Waverly Place, your local guide will divulge the sometimes "too incredible to believe" stories and factual history paving the way for Chinatown's significance not only in San Francisco but the story of the United States. 

With visits to some modern stores beloved by locals while keeping their foot in the traditional past, visit a local apothecary, a shop selling essentials of the afterlife, and a few of the "strictly locals" spots for dim sum, Sichuan, and Cantonese cuisine. Cap your time with a visit to the famed Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory where warm treats await you! See these handmade cookies come off the oven and take home a custom treat just for you!

As you weave your way to the closing of the tour, your guide will prepare you for your evening - departing at the crossroads of three “foodie” neighborhoods where you can easily walk to some incredible places to enjoy dinner based on their experience and local knowledge.
Included Local English-speaking guide
Expertly guided walking tour
Food tasting - Fortune Cookie
Custom Made Fortune Cookies
Excluded Gratuities
Know before you book Due to San Francisco's natural inclines and declines, this tour is difficult for those in wheelchairs. Motorized wheelchairs can be accommodated.
Know before you go This tour is conducted in English only.
This is a walking tour. While there are stops along the way, guests should be able to walk at a moderate pace without difficulty.
The tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the tour start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no-shows after tour commencement or departure.
Due to San Francisco's natural inclines and declines, this tour is difficult for those in wheelchairs. Motorized wheelchairs can be accommodated.
Tips/gratuities (for your guide) are always appreciated.
Additional Information
Please arrive at the meeting point ready for your tour - prior to arrival use the bathroom and ensure you have eaten.
San Francisco is a notoriously chilly city with micro-climates. It is best to wear/bring layers for all of our tours, even at the height of summer.
Tips/gratuities (for your guide) are always appreciated.
Health Items Face masks required for travelers in public areas, Face masks required for guides in public areas, Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff, Social distancing enforced throughout experience, Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas, Guides required to regularly wash hands

Operating Info

Booking Cut-off 30 minutes
Valid Only on date on reservation

Availability Notes

From To Notes
April 25, 2021 October 31, 2021 4:00 PM Departure April 25 May 2 - 29 (Sat, Sun) (except May 16) June 4, 5 (Fri, Sat) June 12-26 (Sat, Sun) July Aug - Oct (Fri, Sat, Sun)


Type: Starts location
Lat & Long:
Address: 10 Mark Lane, (The Irish Bank), San Francisco, CA, 94108, US
Notes: 10 Mark Lane (The Irish Bank)
Start Location Notes 10 Mark Lane, (The Irish Bank), San Francisco, CA, 94108, US
End Location Address Broadway at Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA, US
Type: Ends location
Lat & Long:
Address: Broadway at Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA, US
Start Location Notes 10 Mark Lane, (The Irish Bank), San Francisco, CA, 94108, US
End Location Address Broadway at Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA, US


Cancellation Policy: standard
Cancellation Cut-off: 72 hours
Cancellation Notes: Cancellations received greater than 72 hours prior to tour commencement are fully refundable. Cancellations received within 72 hours of tour commencement are nonrefundable. Amendment requests are subject to availability and price changes. Late arrivals and no shows are nonrefundable. This is applicable to any tour participant that fails to arrive, or arrives after tour departure.


Adult 15-99 years $23.00 Available on request
Child 2-14 years $23.00 Available on request
Infant 0-1 years $0.00 Available on request


Option Name 2021 Pricing
Option Description 2021 Pricing

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Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements.

Voucher Info

Mobile tickets will be accepted

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