During recent official trip to San Francisco, I was staying around Union Square and planned to walked till China Town. Before reaching the town, I had read a lot about China Town on internet and planned to check out some stuff in these markets. This post shares some photographs from streets around China town, it's shop and our experiences.
We were staying in Hilton hotel and China town is just 10 minutes walk from the hotel. We picked a map from the reception and headed towards China Town.
After walking for few minutes you see above gate, which indicates the entry to China Town of San Francisco. This market is quite popular for buying electronic stuff and cheap stuff. The colorful shops of China town have variety of stuff. They have always some lucrative deals posted outside, which would make you decide to have a look.
After crossing these huge buildings of Union Square you suddenly reach streets with 4 storey buildings and most of them are either shops or restaurants. There are some interesting eating places in the market, but mainly for folks who eat non-veg.
As we were walking in these streets, we noticed varied performances happening. There were some very talented folks on the street, who were singing, playing music or doing some acts. I was super impressed by this man who was playing drum with empty containers & bottles of different size, shape and material. That was pretty interesting. Later I realized that lot of folks in San Francisco were doing it. Seemed like a common practice on streets.
There are few churches around Chinatown in San Francisco. We didn't go inside these churches except the one which had huge lawn in front of it. This church was located just next to the China Town - Saints Peter and Paul Church.
China town offers some great deals on these souvenirs. If you plan to buy the same stuff at Union Square or other places, you will find it costly. But condition is that you need to buy in larger quantity. Larger means 4+ for these souvenirs.
This man was sitting still without any movement and for a moment we though that it's a statue installed here. This was our first sight and then we again noticed such things in various parts of the city.
btw, we didn't buy anything from Chinatown and then realized that suvnirs could have been bought from there. Later I bought the same stuff at Union Square at 50% times more cost.
I am not sure if I should recommend this place for all the travellers visiting San Francisco, but it can be an interesting experience to see such place adjacent to Union Square which has huge contrast.