One of the oldest and most established Chinatowns in the United States (it was established way back in 1848), SF's Chinatown is full of culture and attractions, from arts organizations like the Chinese Cultural Center and the annual Chinese New Year festival to the famous Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory and modern watering holes like China Live. It's also one of the most walkable (read: flattest) neighborhoods in a city filled with hills. Start at the Dragon Gate, then peruse Grant Avenue, the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare, for just a taste of the varied shops, bakeries, bars and restaurants you can find here.
Much more than a go-to destination for dim sum or dumplings, Chinatowns in the USA are vibrant neighborhoods where historic communities preserve their Asian heritage and identity. Residents of Chinatowns around the country are able to maintain their rich culture, resulting in an enduring presence in these cities. From street vendors and unique specialty shops to architecture and educational heritage centers, visitors to these city centers can take a deep dive into local Chinese culture. As we welcome the Year of the Rabbit, get familiar with these Chinatowns across the country and celebrate the Lunar New Year by supporting Chinatown businesses.
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