Duane and I had to go into the city on Saturday to pick up his wedding ring at the Jewelry Exchange, so we used this excuse to hang out in the city and enjoy the beautiful weather. Even though I lived in the city for 7 years, I never really explored Chinatown so after running our errands we drove over to Union Square to walk a few blocks to the district. San Francisco's Chinatown is the oldest in North America and has the largest Chinese community outside Asia.

Chinatown Gateway Arch or the "Dragon Gate" at the start of the district

Just a few blocks walking down Grant St. we ran into Old St. Mary's Church.
Old Saint Mary’s Church
Saint Mary's survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, only to be gutted a day later by the fires started by the earthquake. When you walk in you can tell the church has lacked some upkeep over the years (e.g., paint peeling, missing concrete, water leaks), but they are in the process of a major restoration project.

We walked around town, explored and had an adventure in our city by the bay. 

Grant Street
Buddha statues with offerings
The famous Chinatown Kite Shop
We saw some of the most elaborate ivory carvings.
While I am against killing elephants for their tusks, the artwork had to be admired.

Mandarin orange trees
Portsmouth Square had a Chinese band playing

I found where all of the grandma's go on the weekend... to gamble/play cards in the square
The Wok Shop
So many colors!!


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