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.
Tours are between:
a) The Tale of Two Chinatowns focuses on the daily life, history and culture of Chinatown throughout the years. Highlights include the fresh food markets, old telephone exchange, the oldest Buddhist temple in San Francisco, the site of the first American flag in California, 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
Must have 4 or more people in the group or subject to cancellation. Please book 3 business days in advance. The CCC is closed on Sunday, Monday, and holidays. For more information, see our holiday schedule under the Visit Us tab.
Chinese Culture Center
750 Kearny Street, 3rd Floor
The Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco is a major community-based, non-profit organization established in 1965 to foster the understanding and appreciation of Chinese and Chinese American art, history, and culture in the United States.
In its 45 years of work, CCC has played a pioneering role in introducing Chinese culture to the American public through exhibitions and public programming of a broad spectrum of Chinese traditional and contemporary artistic works in multiple disciplines: Visual Arts, Literature, Music and Theater.
750 Kearny Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108