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San Francisco’s Chinatown is the largest Chinatown outside of Asia, as well as the oldest in North America, making it a worthwhile visit while you’re staying in this buzzing city. Listed below are the best things to do and see so you can plan your day in this historic hub.
The Dragon Gate is the entry point to Chinatown off of Grant Avenue, the oldest street in San Francisco. It was given to San Francisco by the Republic of China to symbolize the most important street in the neighborhood. The gate is inscribed with a message from the first President of the Republic of China and is a great first stop in this amazing neighborhood.
The best part about Chinatown is the fact that tourists can experience a completely different cultural side to San Francisco. Saturdays are the busiest days in Chinatown, and tourists should start at the Grant Avenue Dragon Gate entrance and make their way down this main tourist street. Take time to duck into small shops and look at anything that may catch your eye. If they want to immerse themselves and hang with the locals, tourists should make their way to Stockton Street, where locals do their shopping, bartering, and are often seen arguing over their game of dice.