Chinatown Alleyways

Chinatown Alleyways information

San Francisco , USA
btwn Grant Ave & Stockton St, California St & Broadway
Getting there
Tram: Powell-Hyde, Powell-Mason, California St
Bus: 1,30,45
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The 41 historic alleyways packed into Chinatown's 22 blocks have seen it all since 1849: gold rushes and revolution, incense and opium, fire and icy receptions. These narrow backstreets are lined with towering buildings because there was nowhere to go but up in Chinatown after 1870, when laws limited Chinese immigration, employment and housing. Chinatown Alleyway Tours and Chinatown Heritage Walking Tours offer enlightening, community-supporting strolls through the area.