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    Posted June 8, 2014 by
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    On the streets of San Francisco Chinatown

    First Chinese people arrived and settled in San Francisco in the middle of 19th century. On the area of 24 street blocks, around Stockton Street and Grant Avenue, they made it the most spectacular place of Chinese character in the entire North America.

    Like any other Chinatown in the world, it looks almost the same - Oriental colourful buildings with typical up-turned roofs lines and red doors with lots of Chinese banners where the names of streets are still distinctively English.
    At the bottom of the buildings there are rows of rather expensive gift and antique stores targeting many tourists, tiny banks and restaurants, temples, small businesses, fruit and vegetable places with the most unimaginable farm products ever existed.

    But this Chinatown has its own flavour and character. Sometimes it's hard to guess what makes it so special. After an hour or so when strolling the streets of that small district within a few blocks north of Market Street, the Financial District to the East and fashionable Nob Hill to the West, one can feel and savour its special character. It has sounds and smells of Asia in the middle of the heart of the very last outpost of American Wild West.

    Chinatown has its own rich history associated with the city of San Francisco where the times of Gold Rush (1849) and great earthquake of 1906 made their stamp on it as well. It's a San Francisco's iconic place that draws more tourists to the city than famous Golden Bridge or the State Penitentiary of Alcatraz.
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