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Chinatown

Popular tourist destination

Location: San Francisco, United States, North America

Best time to visit: fall/spring

Website: http://www.sanfranciscochinatown.com/

What to do and what to see:

San Francisco’s Chinatown is one of the largest Chinese communities outside of Asia, and also the oldest community of its kind in North America. This city-with-a-city is a tourist’s paradise, with more than eight city blocks that are home to over 300 restaurants and dozens of venues for music, arts and cultural exploration. Chinese locals can be spied playing Chinese chess out in the open area of Portsmouth Square, and the photo-op Chinatown Gateway is at Grant Avenue and Bush Street. Fortune-cookie lovers should plan to stop in for a crunchy nibble at the Golden Gate Cookie Factory, and guided walking tours of the district are offered for tourists. Various festivals and events are held here annually. The famous celebration of the Chinese New Year takes place in late January/early February, the summer welcomes the centuries-old Dragon Boat (Duanwu) Festival, and the fall season ushers in the Autumn Moon Festival. Plan to utilize public transportation to access the area, pack an extra suitcase for souvenirs, and brush up on your chopstick skills as you enjoy the Eastern intrigue of Chinatown.

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