I had not been to Chinatown in many years, so it was fun to go there again. My husband had never been!
Follow along with me, won’t you?


The Dragon Gate, AKA the “Chinatown Gate.”

According to Wiki, this is the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest Chinese community outside Asia. Chinatown is also the most densely populated urban area west of Manhattan.



Well of course we had to ride the cable car. Honestly, it never gets old for me.
I’m so glad we saw the city with my son and his girlfriend. They know the city really well and my son had every route planned out in advance. Otherwise we’d probably still be waiting on a street corner somewhere. 🙂

The stuff you can see and buy in Chinatown pretty much runs the gamut….



We went to Alcatraz the next day. I’ll do a post or two on that in the future.


I’m love the colors and embroidery on these shoes.




Aren’t these sweet?


Lions are believed to have powerful mythic protective benefits in the Chinese culture.



The architecture is so varied and interesting.



Great colors too. I especially liked the decorative lampposts.


It’s even prettier lit up with the red lanterns behind.

Oh, we had the best dim sum in Chinatown. A truly memorable lunch.

I’ll have a few more photos next week.


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17 Responses to Chinatown

  1. susan says:

    Your photos make me feel like I’m ALMOST there ! Love the lamp posts, and wonder if the slippers would be comfy.

  2. anroworld says:

    Fantastic place, I love the window-shopping!

  3. Looks very similar to Chinatown here in Manhattan, right down to the lanterns and the shops. That reminds me — I haven’t been for dim sum in quite a while! 🙂

  4. joshi daniel says:

    so much to see and shop 🙂

  5. Caroline says:

    I was so stunned when I saw China Town because I only knew the China Town from Paris and that’s so drab. Not Chinese at all, apart from the people, of course.
    And then I saw this – it’s so great. Would love to know more about its history.
    Great photos.

  6. Lovely post, Carole. Wish you a happy and creative new year.

  7. Inger says:

    I still remember my first time visiting china town in SF. They were selling live frogs in a grocery type store and I was just shocked! 🙂

  8. I love these pictures and it takes me back! I have not been there since I was a child! Thanks so much!

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