Chinese Heritage Walking Tour, San Francisco

San Francisco Chinatown is the largest Chinatown outside of Asia and the oldest Chinatown in North America. It provides an astounding abundance of varied merchandise at surprising prices, a great selection of restaurants and gift shops. San Francisco's Chinatown features several amazing attractions that can be enjoyed, ranging from museums and churches, to specialty shops and restaurants. Take this walking tour to explore the main tourist attractions in Chinatown, San Francisco.
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Chinese Heritage Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Chinese Heritage Walking Tour
Guide Location: USA » San Francisco (See other walking tours in San Francisco)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km
Author: doris
Dragon's Gate

1) Dragon's Gate (must see)

The Dragon's Gate was installed in 1969, as a gift from the government of the Republic of China. This ornate, dragon-guarded gateway marks the southern entrance to Chinatown. Past the gates, visitors will see elaborate 1920s streetlights sculpted to resemble golden dragons lighting the way.

Why You Should Visit:
An iconic entryway and definitely worth posing under the arch for a colorful...   view more
First Chinese Baptist Church

2) First Chinese Baptist Church

Chinese Baptist Church, property of the American Baptist Home Mission Society of New York was erected 1888. The first Chinese Baptist Church in San Francisco that was established in 1880 was a multi-generational, bilingual and bi-cultural church. When Chinese students were not permitted to attend the city's public schools, the Church offered day school for children and night school for adults. Today it offers English language classes and an outreach program to immigrants from China and...   view more
Kong Chow Temple

3) Kong Chow Temple

Kong Chow Temple was founded by the Cantonese community living in Chinatown in San Francisco in the year 1849.

The temple was established in the year 1851.In 1854 the temple was renamed as Kong Chow Clan Association. The Association served to the religious needs of the locals and also tended to the social welfare of their fellow migrants. In the 1906 earthquake, the original building was destroyed. The importance of this institution was reflected in the community’s efforts to rebuild it....   view more
Tin How Temple

4) Tin How Temple

Get a peek into the cultural and spiritual aspect of the Far East in San Francisco, by visiting the Tin How Temple. It is the oldest Chinese temple in the city. Built in honour of one of the most popular Chinese deities, Mazu or popularly known as Tin How, this Goddess of Seven Seas is said to have powers to protect those traveling long distances.

The Temple dates back to the mid nineteenth century when it was built by early Cantonese settlers who were among the first immigrants to the...   view more
Portsmouth Square

5) Portsmouth Square

The Portsmouth Square sits in the midst of the hustling Chinatown and is nicknamed the ‘Heart of Chinatown’.

Today, the Portsmouth Square is an elaborate one block park area, filled with statues, plaques, benches to sit and various other markers. Not only does it serve as a park, the Portsmouth Square has also been vitally connected and involved in the history of San Francisco.

The Square gets its name from the ship that served in the Mexican- American war in the mid-nineteenth...   view more
United Commercial Bank

6) United Commercial Bank

United Commercial Bank formerly known as Bank of Canton, was originally built in 1909 to house the Chinese Telephone Exchange. The building is an amazing landmark and a historical site of Chinatown. The female telephone operators who used to work here once knew English, five dialects of Chinese and all their clients by name and address. In 1949 the exchange was closed, and in 1960 the building was bought and restored by the Canton...   view more
Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory

7) Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory

Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory opened in 1962. It is the only fortune cookie bakery in the city where the cookies are still made by hand. Here, two women make daily over 20,000 fortune cookies. They are using a conveyor belts that look like miniature waffle irons. The admission is free.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 9:00 am - 6:00...   view more

Walking Tours in San Francisco, California

Create Your Own Walk in San Francisco

Create Your Own Walk in San Francisco

Creating your own self-guided walk in San Francisco is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
North Beach Walking Tour

North Beach Walking Tour

North Beach is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, known as San Francisco's Little Italy. This fun area features a great mix of architecture, museums, restaurants and old shops. Take this tour to explore the beauties that North Beach has to offer.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
Union Square Walking Tour

Union Square Walking Tour

Union Square is known as San Francisco's most popular shopping destination and the third largest shopping area in the United States. In addition to that, Union Square features many amazing restaurants, theaters and a wonderful concentration of fine art galleries. Take this walking tour to explore Union Square's main tourist attractions.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Gay Nightclubs and Bars Tour

Gay Nightclubs and Bars Tour

San Francisco is known as the gay capital of the world. The famous Castro district offers a wide variety of entertaining options, like bars, cafés and nightclubs. The bar and club scenes are incredibly diverse in age, race and interests. Take this tour to explore San Francisco Gay nightlife.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km
Telegraph Hill Area Walking Tour

Telegraph Hill Area Walking Tour

Telegraph Hill offers an unexpected and delightful getaway in the heart of San Francisco. The name Telegraph Hill came from a structure built on the top of the hill in the mid-1800s, which would visually signal the city with regard to the type of vessels passing through the Golden Gate. It is famous for the spectacular stairways that traverse some of the city's most charming terrain, and for the popular Coit Tower. Take this tour to explore the area's highlights.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Souvenir Shopping

Souvenir Shopping

It would be a pity to leave San Francisco without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to San Francisco, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.4 km
Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour

Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour

Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood is home to world-class entertainment opportunities in San Francisco. The historic tourist attractions make the area a popular place to visit. Fisherman's Wharf is an important center of the city's historic fishing industry. Take this walking tour to explore the most visited sights in Fisherman's Wharf.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km

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