Colorful Chinatown & Japantown
Oct 31, 2012Public
Photo: The Dragon Gate marks San Francisco's Chinatown (唐人街)
Photo: These entry gates are known as Paifang, and most Chinatowns have them. I thought it was surprisingly modest compared to the gateway arches in Boston and Philadelphia. The sign says: "All under heaven is for the good of the people," by Dr. Sun Yat-sen
Photo: Up the hill through Chinatown
Photo: Anya looks like a model
Photo: Is it written in Mandarin or Cantonese?
Photo: I call this Grant's "Ernie shirt"
Photo: Hey, I tried
Photo: I like the name of the store
Photo: There were a bunch of stores in Chinatown and Fishermans Wharf with enormous heavy statues. Who buys these things, and how do tourists get them home?
Photo: Very colorful, of course
Photo: I liked the Chinese motifs, especially on the streetlights
Photo: Sing Chong Building. There's some dispute between New York and SF on the largest Chinatown. San Francisco's is the oldest, established in 1848.
Photo: They say parallel Stockton Street is the more "real Chinatown", without all the tourist stuff
Photo: But we have a good reason to explore *this* street.
Photo: Grant Avenue (都板街)
Photo: Grant pointed: "Grant in Japanese!"
Photo: San Francisco had a Grant Avenue, Taylor Street, and Carson City was in Nevada. Anya made a note of this.
Photo: Look at those cool street lamps, right by some plaza
Photo: The lanterns across the street made irresistible photo ops.
Photo: Iconic Chinatown. The most common language is Cantonese, as many are from the Guangdong Province in China
Photo: Should we buy the same souvenirs as Honolulu's Chinatown?