Mid-Autumn Moon Festival - Chinatown

Monday, October 9, 2017

I love Chinatown in San Francisco is the largest one outside of China - which obviously makes me feel like it's the most authentic experience I can get without traveling abroad. It's rare folks take credit card, speak English, and for the most part, I appreciate that much of this area is untouched and less gentrified. The streets are narrow. Kids to senior citizens are singing and playing games in the parks. So much energy. So many knick knacks, food, music, and dancing.

And too fun not to share our accidental pit stop:

Chinatown San Francisco

Sunday, November 24, 2013

This is the largest Chinatown outside of China! This was one of my favorite parts of the trip. Rach and I were coming up the elevator from a parking garage and when the door opened we heard Chinese music playing, kids running around, people playing cards, and a whole community coming together to spend time with one another. We were in the heart of Chinatown. 

As I said in my first post, Rach and I love experiencing the gritty, real, and more off the map type of places. The least English spoken the better. The more run down or outdated the buildings, chances are we rather be there instead. We ended up eating Chinese cuisine here and exploring all of the shops. We walked away with arms full of Christmas presents for loved ones while exploring the Chinese culture.

Advice: If you want an authentic Chinatown experience, don't go by Grant street closest to Union Square, but rather in the heart of Chinatown where the Chinese cultural center is. 

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