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Wander Through Chinatown

San Francisco lays claim to the largest Chinatown outside of Asia. A walk through the busy neighborhood bombards the senses with vibrant colors, fragrant smells, and loud chattering. Start your tour at the imposing Chinatown gates guarded by a pair of stone dragons. From there, get lost amid the crimson street lanterns, Mandarin characters, and constant hustle and bustle. Cheap trinket and souvenir stores abound, but you can also find traditional pastries, inexpensive fruits and vegetables, and tea and herb shops. Wander down Ross Alley and pop into the small Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory for a look at how the ubiquitous folded treats are made. You may even get to sample the final result.

Photo by John K/Flickr.

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