a day in chinatown

December 22, 2014 at 11:44 am 11 comments


san francisco chinatown

location: chinatown, san francisco, california
 
i thought it would be good time to go christmas shopping at the chinatown last saturday. the weather was gloomy and chilly but the weatherman said no rain until the evening. so off i went to san francisco without an umbrella. as soon as i got off the train, however, i felt the raindrops. darn, the weatherman was wrong again. why should i ever trust him again?

chinatown was a good three blocks away from the train station. i made my way trying not to get wet at first, but i got wet anyway. once i got wet, it didn’t matter anymore. i walked the walk as best as i could in my brand new shoes. yes, my brand new shoes! as usual, my timing was impeccable.

chinatown was teeming with humanity even in this kind of weather. the sidewalks were so crowded that you could hardly advance in any direction. shoppers with umbrellas slowed down the traffic even more as they tried to prevent their umbrellas getting tangled from each other. under the circumstances, the best alternative was to walk directly on the street and risk being run over by cars. some people took the risk and i followed their lead.

the san francisco chinatown is the biggest outside of china. you feel like you’re in a different country when you walk around the place. if there’s one thing that reminds you that you’re still in the u.s., it’s the presence of panhandlers who don’t look like asians. you won’t find any asian panhandlers in chinatown and, for that matter, anywhere else in san francisco. i don’t want to be controversial, but does this mean they have to beg because asians took away their jobs? this is very perplexing to me.

after a couple hours of walking and looking around, i was still empty-handed. as it was almost lunchtime, i decided to go for dim sum on powell street. it’s a neighborhood restaurant, which means, it’s a place where the local chinese go. i’m not chinese, but i like its atmosphere. it has round tables that sit 10 people. even though you come alone, you can dine in one of these tables and feel like family. it’s noisy and it’s cheap. more importantly, it serves the best chicken feet outside of china. you can eat this delicacy without anybody rolling his eyes or closing them in disgust.

the rain was still pouring down when i left the restaurant. it was then that i had decided that the day was a wash. i went back to the train station and headed back home.

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11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Priceless Joy  |  December 22, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    I have never been to Chinatown. I have never been to San Francisco for that matter. I would love to see it someday. Maybe someday I will.

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    • 2. plaridel  |  December 22, 2014 at 1:17 pm

      priceless joy:

      do visit but just make sure it’s not on a rainy day. πŸ™‚

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      • 3. Priceless Joy  |  December 22, 2014 at 1:39 pm

        LOL! I will. πŸ˜€

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        • 4. plaridel  |  December 23, 2014 at 9:44 am

          priceless joy:

          just bring an umbrella anyway. san Francisco weather is notorious for being unpredictable. πŸ™‚

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          • 5. Priceless Joy  |  December 23, 2014 at 9:49 am

            That sounds much like the southwest. If you don’t like the weather just wait 15 minutes, it will change! LOL

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            • 6. plaridel  |  December 24, 2014 at 2:25 pm

              priceless joy:

              never been to the southwest. that’s nice to know. πŸ™‚

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              • 7. Priceless Joy  |  December 24, 2014 at 2:30 pm

                There are some absolutely beautiful landscape around here and interesting sites. Moab, Utah has beautiful rock formations as well as Sedona, Arizona, Mancos, Colorado has the Anasazi Cliff Dwelling Indian Ruins. (They made their homes on the sides of very high cliffs. The Anasazi’s are extinct now). Durango, Colorado has beautiful mountains and lakes. If you like fly fishing, San Juan River that connects to Navajo Lake has the best fly fishing in the world.

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  • 8. lifeconfusions  |  December 23, 2014 at 12:55 am

    Good to know you felt that homely and warm feeling there. Except the rain of course πŸ˜‰

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    • 9. plaridel  |  December 23, 2014 at 9:49 am

      zee:

      as the sayings go, when it rains just let it rain. πŸ™‚

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    • 11. plaridel  |  January 4, 2015 at 7:11 pm

      priceless joy:

      thanks for the mention. just made my day. πŸ™‚

      Reply

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