Chinatown Things to Do
As the largest Chinatown outside of Asia, San Francisco’s legendary Chinatown is one of the Bay Area’s biggest attractions. Covering 24 city blocks, there are plenty of things to do in Chinatown San Francisco.
Tien Hau Temple – founded in 1852, the Tien Hau Temple is the oldest Taoist/Buddhist temple in the United States. It is located at 125 Waverly Place and Washington.
The Chinatown Gate
What is known as the Dragon Gate is the official entrance into Chinatown. A gift from Taiwan in 1969, the gate is much like the ones you would see in Chinese towns on the other side of the world.
Walk down Grant Avenue
Running the length of Chinatown, Grant Avenue is a great street to take a stroll and admire unique Chinese features, window shop, and feel like you are walking the streets in China.
Explore Chinatown alleyways
Travel to China without getting on a plane by taking a stroll through one of the many twisted alleyways in Chinatown. This is the best way to discover a much more authentic look at Chinese culture.
Visit the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory
This tiny factory has been making thousands of fortune cookies for years. Watch as a few ladies sit at the assembly line, folding and filling each cookie by hand.
Old Saint Mary’s Church
As the oldest cathedral in California, Old Saint Mary’s Church is beautiful display of history and architecture. Surviving the big earthquake in 1906, it was later placed on the registered list of historical landmarks.
Chinese New Year
One of the best ways to experience Chinatown is by attending the Chinese New Year parade. Watch as colorful floats, elaborate costumes, and larger-than-life dragons set the stage for the biggest parade celebrating the lunar new year outside of Asia.
Need a hotel for the event? Only a few blocks away from Chinatown, a stay at Golden Gate Hotel is your ideal choice when choosing your accommodations.