Just 8 short blocks long and scarcely 3 blocks wide, San Francisco's Chinatown is one of the largest outside China. The style is what early 20th Century Western architects thought Chinese buildings should look like - and much is created just for the tourist.
Most Chinatown visitors stroll along one of the two major streets, buy a few souvenirs, eat, gawk and take photos. The more adventurous ones enjoy checking out the markets, herbalist shops, tea stores and alleyways.
Pros and Cons
This iconic San Francisco area can be fun, but it takes a little work to get off the well-beaten tourist track. On the downside, it's often very crowded, forcing visitors to shuffle down the street shoulder-to-shoulder.
More About Chinatown
If you need more information, check the Complete Guide to Chinatown. With its hints, you can get a glimpse of the "real" Chinatown in its alleys and shops, find out how to get there and when to go.
Take a photo tour of Chinatown to see what it's like.
See where it is on a map. It's the purple marker.