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Chinatown & North Beach photowalk


Chinatown & North Beach photowalk: September 28th.
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Photowalk Recap

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Schedule 2014 - 2015

Photowalk dates are tentative and could change. 


Sept 28:
 Chinatown & North Beach
Oct 19:
Golden Gate Bridge
Nov 15:
The Mission District
Dec 7: 
     Financial District
SF's Historic Coast
    Haight-Ashbury & City Hall
    Golden Gate Park

 - RAIN: If it seems very likely that it will rain on the scheduled day of the trip, an alert will be posted on the site and the trip will be held the next week.


Chinatown & North Beach


Chinatown and North Beach (a.k.a. Little Italy) are of course most exciting for their delicious food, and hopefully that’s how our photowalk will end. We’ll start at the Montgomery BART station and take a short walk to the Chinatown Gate. Our tour through Chinatown will go through the main tourist areas as well as some notable alleys. After crossing the street, we’ll suddenly be in Italy. Well, not quite, but we will be surrounded by Italian restaurants and run into a couple of quite impressive churches. This whole walk is basically about seeing the regular tourist spots and noticing the people, architecture, and details in between.



  • Chinatown is located adjacent to North Beach and Telegraph Hill, and covers and area just over a square mile.

  • San Francisco's Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in North America, and the largest Chinese community outside of Asia.

  • San Francisco’s Chinatown is also the most densely populated urban area in America, after Manhattan.

  • Chinatown started as a destination for Chinese immigrants who came to America to lead new lives. The area was the one place where they were allowed to inhabit dwellings in the city.

  • Many race riots and other political turmoil erupted in Chinatown during the 19th century over policies such as the Chinese Exclusion Act, which brought Chinese populations to an all time low.

  • Like North Beach, Chinatown was destroyed in its entirety by the 1906 Earthquake.

  • Today, the Chinese population in Chinatown continues to expand, and many of the restaurants found there are believed to be the birthplace of Westernized Chinese cuisine.

North Beach

  • North Beach is a neighborhood in the northeast of San Francisco adjacent to Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown,  and Russian Hill.

  • North Beach is San Francisco's "Little Italy", containing many Italian restaurants and other related cultural icons.

  • The name stems from the fact that North Beach actually was once a beach before it was filled in with landfill around the late 19th century. Warehouses, fishing wharfs, and docks were built on the newly formed shore.

  • The earthquake and fire of 1906 completely destroyed the entire area, leaving it to be rebuilt during the aftermath.

  • Following the 1906 Earthquake, many Italian immigrants came to the area and worked at the docks and wharves. Even baseball legend Joe Dimaggio and his wife Marilyn Monroe lived there for a time.

  • North Beach is also the home of the Beat Generation and the origin of the term "beatnik".

  • As of today, urban flight has caused the Italian American population in the area to decline rapidly as neighboring Chinatown has been rapidly expanding north.

Chinatown & North Beach



  • 1:10 Meet at Downtown Berkeley BART station downstairs near Peet's

  • 1:28 BART to Montgomery

  • 1:53 Arrive at Montgomery Station

  • 4:30-5:00 Done with walk, we can go home or eat dinner

  • Total Cost: $7.80

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