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San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour with Optional Lunch

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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.
  • 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
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Professional guide
  • Fortune cookie tasting
  • Insider's list to Chinatown's best shops and restaurants
  • Dim sum luncheon (if option selected)
  • 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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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 6 days 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 1 week 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 1 week 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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I’ve been on many tours but this one is close to the top, mostly because the tour guide -Linda- gave us a well-prepared cultural perspective and background on Chinatown: some history, an understanding of it’s immigrants & current residents, & interesting personal tidbits about
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Response from Linda L, Owner at San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour with Optional Lunch
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear BGfrom: This review would make my parents proud that I didn't become an engineer or scientist (which I would have been lousy at). I do love meeting people and sharing stories. Thank you for these positive comments!
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Key Details
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Languages Offered: English
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