San Francisco’s Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in North America, and hosts the largest Chinese community outside of Asia. As your guide to the densest neighborhood in San Francisco, our knowledgeable docents will navigate and lead tour participants through street mazes to discover the many sides of Chinatown.
You can chose between two tours:
a) The Tale of Two Chinatowns focuses on the daily life, history and culture of Chinatown throughout the years. Highlights include fresh food markets, old telephone exchange, the oldest Buddhist temple in San Francisco, the site where the first American flag in California was raised, and the “outdoor living room” of Chinatown.
b) From Dynasty to Democracy combines the color of Chinatown with the inspiring history of the community’s struggle against discrimination starting in the 1800’s, and how that struggle shaped America’s understanding of human rights and the Constitution. This tour specifically addresses California Dept of Education Social Science and History Standards for grades 4 through 12 (View the addressed standards below). It’s also great for the visitor who is looking for a more unique introduction to Chinatown. Highlights include the Goddess of Democracy, the doors to nowhere, family associations, the bank in a “temple”, the beautiful Chinatown 6 Companies, and Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall
Please book 3 business days in advance. The CCC is closed on holidays. For more information, see our holiday schedule under the Visit Us tab.
When & Where
Chinese Culture Center
750 Kearny Street, 3rd Floor
Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco
The Chinese Culture Foundation is a community-based arts nonprofit located in Chinatown, San Francisco. We were founded in 1965 during the Civil rights era to preserve, promote and influence Chinese and Chinese American culture. Today, we are dedicated to sparking intercultural discovery through art, education and engagement.
We provide free or low-cost public programming throughout the year in visual arts, performances, music, dance and more.
Our space includes a 3,000 square foot gallery, showcasing the most innovative contemporary artists, an auditorium that hosts 400 people, and offices.