Dragon's Gate

Dragon's Gate information

San Francisco , USA
intersection of Grant Ave & Bush St
Getting there
Tram: California St
Bus: 1, 8X, 30, 45
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Enter the Dragon archway and you'll find yourself on the street formerly known as Dupont in its notorious red-light heyday. Sixty years before the family-friendly overhaul of the Las Vegas Strip, Look Tin Eli and a group of forward-thinking Chinatown businessmen pioneered the approach here in Chinatown, replacing seedy attractions with more tourist-friendly ones.

After consultation with architects and community groups, Dupont St was transformed into Grant Ave, with deco-chinoiserie dragon lamps and tiled pagoda rooftops, and police were reluctantly persuaded to enforce the 1914 Red Light Abatement Act in Chinatown. By the time this gate was donated by Taiwan in 1970 grandly proclaiming that 'everything in the world is in just proportions,' Chinatown finally had a main street that did the community greater justice.