Why You Need to Visit San Francisco's Chinatown
The oldest Chinatown in North America, San Francisco’s 30 square blocks of tea rooms, Taoist temples, dim sum palaces, dragon sculptures and pagodas is one of the city’s top destinations.
Originally founded in 1849 during the Gold Rush but rebuilt after the 1906 earthquake, the compact neighborhood is the cultural heart of San Francisco’s Chinese community, the largest Asian ethnic group in the city. In fact, nearly a quarter of the city’s residents count themselves as part of the Chinese diaspora, by far the highest percentage of any city in the U.S. This makes Chinatown the “unofficial capital of Chinese America” and a fully authentic immersion into the East for visitors.
The neighborhood is full of history, but it also has so much that's exciting and new. From food to nightlife and even improved transit connections, San Francisco's Chinatown is at the start of an exciting rebirth. Here's how you can experience it for yourself.