Dragon's Gate

Dragon's Gate information

San Francisco , USA
cnr Grant Ave & Bush St
Getting there
Tram: California St
Bus: 1, 8, 30, 45
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Enter the Dragon archway donated by Taiwan in 1970, and you'll find yourself on the street formerly known as Dupont in its notorious red-light heyday. The pagoda-topped 'Chinatown Deco' architecture beyond this gate was innovated by Chinatown merchants led by Look Tin Ely in the 1920s – a pioneering initiative to lure tourists with a distinctive modern look. It worked: dragon streetlights chased away the shady ladies, and now light the way to bargain souvenirs and tea shops.