Chinatown (San Francisco)

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San Francisco, California

Period of significance: 1851 - present

In 1851, 25,000 Chinese immigrants resided in Chinatown. Today, about 33% of the city's population is Chinese American. The traditional borders are Bush, Broadway, Powell, and Kearney Streets, but the main tourist attractions are along Grant Avenue. Until the post-WWII period, the Chinese were restricted to this area, but, in the last part of the 20th century, moved to different parts of San Francisco and established satellite Chinatowns in the Richmond district and elsewhere. Important historic sites include the Tin How Temple (1852), Jeng Sen and Norras temples, Portsmouth Square, the Old Chinese Telephone Exchange, the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory, the Chinese Baptist Church, the Chinese Six Companies, the Kong Chow Temple, and the Chinese Cultural Center (see individual site listings for more information).