San Francisco’s Chinatown is one of the most famous\r\nneighborhoods in America and is just steps from the King George Hotel! As the\r\nlargest Chinese community outside of Asia, Chinatown SF dates back to the\r\nmiddle of the nineteenth century. The history of Chinatown in San Francisco\r\nstarts with arrival of thousands of Chinese at the dawn of the California Gold\r\nRush in 1848. Many of these immigrants went on to help build the\r\ntranscontinental railroad. Shortly after the turn of the twentieth century, the\r\nneighborhood was almost completely destroyed by the 1906 earthquake. After the\r\ndisaster, local businessmen sought to expand the financial district and move\r\nthe Chinese residents to another part of the city. But the community banded\r\ntogether and saw the completion of the landmark Sing Chong and Sing Fat\r\nbuildings that signified the residents’ commitment to stay in the area.\r\n\r\nThe Bank of Canton, formerly the Chinese Telephone\r\nExchange, has also become an iconic landmark. The structure closed when\r\nswitchboards gave way to more “modern” rotary phones. The Bank of Canton bought\r\nthe restored the building in 1960. Today the neighborhood is a wonderful place\r\nfor souvenir shopping and sight seeing. Several organizations offer walking\r\ntours, including All About Chinatown and Wok Wiz. Explore Chinatown’s famous\r\nalleys, houses of worship, and of course shops and restaurants. It’s no\r\nsurprise that you’ll find the best Chinese food in this iconic neighborhood.\r\nThe neighborhood hosts events such as film festivals, street celebrations, and\r\nart exhibits all throughout held throughout the year.