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China Town from Jackson Street

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China Town from Jackson Street - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT

Panorama showing China Town in San Francisco. The panorama was taken from Jackson Street, which runs through the middle of China Town. The street is, naturally, lined with numerous shops selling Chinese food and artifacts. It is a popular tourist destination within the city. As can be seen in this picture, the ability to read Chinese is an advantage.

China Town from Jackson Street - FURTHER INFORMATION

China Town from Jackson Street - San Francisco visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'China Town from Jackson Street' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from California.

Chinatown in San Francisco is the second largest in the USA after the Chinatown in New York. Bordered by Nob Hill and the Financial District and the Italian District, Around 8 blocks long, it runs along Stockton Street and Grant Avenue, tourists usually visit between Columbus Avenue and Bush Street. You know you've arrived in this very busy neighbourhood when you find the dragon-crested gate at Grant and Bush, a gift from the Chinese Republic in 1969. Another landmark is a memorial to Dr Sun Yat-Sen in whose honour this museum in Hong Kong is named. Nearby, Portsmouth Square is a park which is the focus for celebrations and often you can see locals practicing Tai-Chi.

Chinatown has a labyrinth of back streets and alleyways which assault the senses with cooking smells and brightly coloured advertising signs hanging from upper floors and filling the sky. The open markets are filled with live animals in the food market and a variety of curious items.

Chinatown is the oldest Chinese community area but it has declined in population and cohesion as other Chinese districts nearby such as Richmond, Sunset and Oakland have become popular and preferable residential areas. This Chinatown is a much-loved tourist destination now and thrives economically as much as an attraction as a community center in its own right. Iconic, authentic and visually arresting, Chinatown has been used as a scenic location in numerous films and television programmes as well as for photography.


Bus: 30, 45, 91
Cable Car: Mason St & Jackson St

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