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San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour with Optional Lunch

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
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San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour with Optional Lunch
From US$35.00
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3-hour walking tour including a 10-course dim sum luncheon
From US$65.00
Walking Tour Only
This option includes the walking tour without the lunch option
From US$35.00
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.
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).
Itinerary
Dim sum sample menu (if option selected; subject to change):

Savory pieces
Pork and shrimp dumpling
Pork and shrimp pot sticker
Steamed Shanghai pork dumpling
Steamed chicken and cilantro dumpling
Steamed barbecued pork bun
Vegetable egg roll
Vegetarian fried rice
Chicken chow mein

Dessert
Sesame ball filled with sweet bean paste

Specialty teas
Jasmine and chrysanthemum
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Reviews (490)
1 - 5 of 236 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Excellent Tour -- We learned so much

Our tour guide Linda Lee was awesome. The day of our tour it was pouring. We continued on our tour and Linda found places for us to stand without getting wet -- we appreciated that. We learned about Chinatown, the culture of the people who...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank MNelson486
Reviewed October 26, 2018
A thoroughly enjoyable tour.

We took the walking tour (without lunch) one sunny October morning and had a great time. Linda Lee is a warm, energetic and engaging host who has the ability to remember the names of everyone on the tour and where they were from. She has...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Liz S
Reviewed October 22, 2018
Excelent tour, lackluster lunch

TL;DR: book the tour but don't include lunch. My review would've been five stars if I had taken just the tour. Linda Lee is a fenomenal guide. She knows her way arround china town and will tell you details only someone born and raised in...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank Franco A
Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile
Great tour

Our guide Linda Lee was very helpful in allowing us to join the tour when I booked the wrong date. The tour was fun and informative. I would recommend this tour, Linda is a great guide with a nice sense of humor. I would take...More

Thank Gabriela N
Reviewed October 7, 2018
Best Chinatown Tour!

Linda provided my family with a fantastic tour of Chinatown. She clearly communicated important facts and interwove them with personal stories about Chinatown. She also effectively used her wit, humor and intelligence to convey her experiences in Chinatown both as a child and as an...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Dana F
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Pat L
November 26, 2018|
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Response from MNelson486 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is. We did the tour in the rain (pouring rain). We had rain jackets and umbrellas. Linda did a nice job of finding indoor places for us to visit and awnings to stand under. We did get wet -- but it was still... More
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July 11, 2018|
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Response from AbigailT758 | Reviewed this property |
Without the lunch it was about 2 hours long
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