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It was in 1848 that the first Chinese immigrants stepped foot at San Francisco via the "Eagle", an American brig. The three Chinese immigrants were believed to be the first settlers of the San Francisco Chinatown.

The Chinatown in downtown San Francisco is known to be the oldest in the whole North America being established in 1850. It is also the biggest Chinese community which is not located in Asia. It covers up to 8 blocks and 2 main streets, Stockton and Grant.

There are three famous festivals (Chinese New Year, Autumn Moon Festival, and the Dragon Boat Festival) celebrated annually that are meant to bring honor to the city?s rich and historic Chinese traditions. Each event attracts thousands of people that jam the streets and cause heavy traffic.

The San Francisco Chinatown continues to be one of the most visited tourist attraction in this side of California even throughout the economic downtime. It even gets more visitors compared to the Golden Gate Bridge.
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