I’ve had a lot of China in my life lately. First, my youngest brother lives in Xiamen, where he’s studying Mandarin. My mom, who last year traveled for a month with him, has reported back that he spoke the difficult language incredibly well already. I am so proud that someone in my family will be bilingual! But I never would have guessed Mandarin… Anyway, he’s actually been living in China for years, first as an English teacher before switching to poker. Meanwhile, I’ve been scouring Chinese New Year invites, which is an easy task here in Las Vegas, where this particular holiday is enthusiastically celebrated. Why am I so involved? It is my year!! The year of the snake. Watch out, world! Oh, and I fell in love with a San Francisco Chinatown tour during a recent trip. Enjoy!
Chinatown was a bustling enough place as it was, and our tour was moving at a brisk pace. But I still somehow took had a few photos that I just had to share. It was dark out, we were walking, and I have/had a cheap camera… and did I mention I was moving as I snapped?
But let’s start at the beginning… We started off our zippy adventure with a ride on the world-famous San Francisco trolley. Adventurous Vivian was all about feeling the wind in her hair. Wa-hoo!
San Francisco’s Chinatown is the largest outside of Asia. This will come as no surprise to anyone who has visited. Next time, I want to spend a bit more time there. But really, I say that about almost every neighborhood I travel to for the first time.
You can tell a lot about an area’s culture by its street art/graffiti. What do you think you can read about Chinatown by this one wall?
Seeing Chinatown at night really did add a strangely eerie glow to the photographs.
Lucky for us, there was a huge reward at the end of our adventure: dinner at Tommy Toy’s. From the moment we walked in, the mood was set. It was a meal to remember: course after course, the delicious food came out, each the newest evidence of why this haunt is frequented by so many celebrities, foodies and locals.
The best part about this unforgettable evening? This fortune!
It is best to heed their advice, as you never know what you might find in the real world…
It’s a jungle out there!
I toured San Francisco, Napa and Sonoma as a guest of Trafalgar Tours, but all opinions are my own.
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