Chinatown Underground unearths the true story of a neighborhood often visited, but rarely understood.
We begin with a journey into an underground tunnel where the Barbary Coast met Chinatown, an area that thrived in lawlessness and debauchery. The next stops take us into a Taoist temple, Chinatown’s main square, past the tourist trap of Grant Ave, down architecturally stunning streets, and finally, paying a visit to America’s last fortune cookie factory producing by hand.
Why underground? The truth is, a complex network of tunnels did not really exist in Chinatown. Extravagant stories abound (and even some fake tunnels) created by enterprising tour guides in the early 1900’s, which exotified the neighborhood and Chinese residents.
When we say Chinatown underground, our intent is to show you the story of Chinatown no tourist will ever come across. Join us as we explore the living, breathing community that boldly remains to this day!
Reservations required, must book online
Meets near the Transamerica Pyramid
General Admission 11+ – $18
Youth 0-10 – $12
Locals/Students/Hostels – $14
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A screenwriter and director, Fischer’s craft has taken him to Cannes Film Festival to premiere one of his short films. He studied film and cinematography at SF State, and when not directing, pursues photography and food (he’s obsessed with Anthony Bourdain). Armed with a sharp wit and a bag of knee-slapping jokes, Fischer leads epic journeys on our Rise SF route.
Artist and actress Mina can usually be found with a coffee in one hand and a drawing utensil in the other. With a passion for creating, she found her niche in technical theatre and moved to SF to study costume design. When she’s not creating costumes or building sets for the stage, she turns her focus to playwriting and improv to bring characters to life. She can be found on the Rise SF route.
Co-founder Wes is a third-generation San Francisco Bay native. He makes “bedroom soul” music as Wes Leslie, the Bedroom Player and fixes cocktails at Mrs. Jones on Market Street. He has spent time traveling, backpacking and/or hitchhiking through the US, Europe, Israel and Mexico, and spent a year living in Madrid, Spain. He is (slowly) reading Don Quixote in Spanish and English and could use your encouragement.