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San Francisco / Chinatown

Chinatown is a district of San Francisco. He's through that Kearney Street, the Stockton Street, the Bush Street and the Broadway limited. It's three blocks north of Union Square. The main street is the Grant Avenue.

This 24 block area on the Grant Avenue between the Bush Street and the Columbus Avenue in San Francisco is largest Chinese city outside of Asia. The people here are descendants of the Asians, mainly railroad workers, who lived here from 1848, right after the gold rush. With the ever increasing immigration from Asia over the past 30 years Chinatown experiencing its greatest period of population growth. Since 1950 the Chinese population has increased from 30,000 to 100,000.

Chinatown was almost completely destroyed in the earthquake of 1906. It was then completely rebuilt in the Chinese style and was soon even more attractive than before the disaster. With its temples, theaters, workshops, small businesses, stores, antique and souvenir shops, teahouses and pharmacies with their old secret assets, Chinatown has now become a major area of ​​San Francisco. The grocers sell fascinating things and every side street is an adventure.

tour San Franciso Chinatown: Chinatown Gateway => Old St Mary's Church => Pacific Heritage Museum => Chinese Historical Museum => Portsmouth Plaza / Portsmouth Square => Tien Hou Temple => Kong Chow Benevolent Association & Temple => Cable Car Barn and Museum

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  • Old St Mary's Church, 660 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94108-2566. Old St Mary's Church at the corner Grant Avenue and California Street) is the oldest Catholic church in San Francisco. It was built in 1854. It was badly damaged by the earthquake in 1906 and also by a large fire 60 years later. The church has been restored and looks like it did in San Francisco's early days. Originally a cathedral, it is now simply a parish church. The new St Mary's Cathedral was built in a different part of town, Cathedral Hill. The admonition “Son watch the time and fly from evil” is carved over the clock face. In addition to the church, the clergy house is also of note. Designed by the New York Architects Skidmore, Owings u. Merrill, it was built in 1964. Opening times: Monday-Friday 7:00 am-7:00pm, Saturday 10:00 am-7:00pm, Sunday 8:00 am-3:00pm. It has concerts on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. Souvenir shop. Means of transport: Bus 1, 15, 30, 45. Coordinates: 37.79277778, -122.40527778 Name is missing37 ° 47 ′ 34 ″ N122 ° 24 ′ 19 ″ W.
  • Buddha's Universal Church
  • Kong Chow Benevolent Association & Temple
  • Tien Hou Temple

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  • Chinatown Gateway, Corner of Grant Avenue and Bush Street. Every visit to Chinatown should be on Chinatown Gateway on the corner of Grant Avenue and Bush Street start. The gate, built in 1970, is decorated with dragons and other creatures in the typical oriental style. Like most thoroughfares in San Francisco, the Grant Avenue to Bush Street widened in the 19th century. The part of the street leading from Chinatown Gate runs away gives the best impression of what the city must have looked like. Coordinates: 37.79055556, -122.40555556 Name missing 37 ° 47 ′ 26 ″ N122 ° 24 ′ 20 ″ W.
  • Bank of Canton (United Commercial Bank)
  • Chinese Cultural Center
  • Chinese Six Companies
  • Chinese theater
  • Dick Young House
  • Fidelity Savings Bank


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  • Pacific Heritage Museum
  • Soo Yuen Benevolent Association
  • Chinese Historical Society Museum

Streets and squares

  • St Mary's Square, Kearny Street between California Street and Pine Street. From the Old St Mary's Church you can see the St Mary's Square. This square was presented to the city by the Catholic Diocese in 1912. Today there is an underground car park under the square. In the square stands Beniamino Bufano's Statue of Dr Sun Yat-sen, first President of the Republic of China (January 1, 1912 to February 14, 1912). In the early part of the century, he spent several years in San Francisco on political asylum. The statue is constructed of steel and pink granite. Coordinates: 37.79207222, -122.40438333 Name missing 37 ° 47 ′ 32 ″ N122 ° 24 ′ 16 ″ W.
    • Telephone kiosk. A short distance north of Old St Mary's Church is one of Chinatown's many Chinese telephone kiosks.
  • Portsmouth Plaza / Portsmouth Square
  • Spofford Alley

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  • Chinatown, San Francisco, CA 94133, Phone: 415-391-2000

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