Chinatown in San Francisco is the kind of Chinatown that people envision when they imagine a wide array of Asian influences and ideas working with one another. Perhaps this is because San Francisco’s Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in North America. You can be sure it’s a neighborhood in San Francisco that will not fail to disappoint, no matter what you might want from it.
The best part about San Francisco's Chinatown is its fantastic diversity. First-time visitors always have high expectations for its shops and restaurants. Keep in mind that Portsmouth Square is considered to be the epicenter for Chinatown, and you should be able to get around the area just fine. The street vendors mixed with the general traffic of both the visitors and the locals, and you’ve got something that can be pretty difficult to navigate through. Thankfully, you can always duck into the first shop you see, and find something that could prove to be a wonderful surprise.
From its staggering, almost impossible-to-believe history, to its narrow alleyways, to the chaos that forever seems to surround you, Chinatown exemplifies the hustle and bustle you’d expect from a city like San Francisco. Check out the huge assortment of open-air markets that exist in all shapes and sizes. From seafood, to fresh fruits and vegetables, to hand-made products, you’ll get pulled in by the neighborhood’s appeal.
Few areas in San Francisco have seen the evolution and toil that Chinatown endured, particularly during its haphazard beginnings in the 1840s. As it stands today, Chinatown in San Francisco represents the largest Chinese community that exists outside of Asia. Because of that, Chinatown works very hard to preserve the traditions that were established in 1848.
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