See more from my On This Day series here, where I celebrate travel memories on their trip anniversaries.
On October 19, 2019, I was in Chinatown, San Francisco, USA.
I had travelled to San Francisco, California for a conference and after a few days of attending seminars and lectures, I was ready to start playing tourist. Mr. Chuckles joined me at the Grand Hyatt Union Square and we spent a weekend exploring various neighbourhoods of the hilly city.
Our first stop was Chinatown, spanning 24 square blocks centred on Grant Avenue and Stockton Street downtown. Established in 1848, San Francisco Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in North America. It has played an influential role in the history and culture of ethnic Chinese immigrants in North America, having retained its own customs, languages, places of worship, social clubs, and identity.
San Francisco Chinatown remains one of the largest Chinese enclaves outside of Asia. It is a settlement area for numerous elderly Chinese immigrants and is also an immensely popular tourist attraction, drawing more visitors annually than the Golden Gate Bridge.
I’ve shared this On This Day post a half day early since it’s a two-parter. More to come tomorrow!