Chinese Culture Center
Lonely Planet review for Chinese Culture Center
You can see all the way to China on the 3rd floor of the Hilton inside this cultural center, which hosts exhibits of traditional Chinese arts, including China's leading brush-painters; Xian Rui (Fresh & Sharp) cutting-edge art installations, recently featuring Stella Zhang's ethereal indoor sails and discomfiting toothpick-studded pillows; and a new 'Art at Night' series showcasing Chinese-inspired art, jazz and food. In odd-numbered years, don't miss the Present Tense Biennial, where 30-plus Bay Area artists are invited to give their personal takes on Chinese culture.
For more first-hand experiences of Chinese culture, check the center's schedule for upcoming concerts, hands-on arts workshops for adults and children, Mandarin classes, genealogy services, arts festivals in Chinatown's historic alleyways and Chinatown Heritage Walking Tours.