1/30/09

Chinatown

I intended to take a walk around Russian Hill today, but I bogged down in Chinatown. Here are some pictures. Despite being very touristy, Chinatown is a functioning community for the people who live here. There are churches, schools, banks and a Chinese hospital in addition to all the restaurants, bars, and myriad of discount importers.

IMG_2433

IMG_2429

IMG_2398

IMG_2459

IMG_2400

IMG_2453

IMG_2465

IMG_2472

IMG_2506

Loose tea for sale:

IMG_2454

IMG_2470

IMG_2467

San Francisco has some great vintage signery.

IMG_2462

Unfortunately, I'm never here at night to photograph them turned on.

IMG_2463

IMG_2476

IMG_2435

Kites

Certain citrus fruits have symbolic associations with the Chinese New Year:
"Tangerines, Oranges, Pomelos: Tangerines and oranges are frequently displayed in homes and stores. Tangerines are symbolic of good luck, and oranges are symbolic of wealth. These symbols have developed through a language pun, the word for tangerine having the same sound as 'luck' in Chinese, and the word for orange having the same sound as 'wealth'. Pomelos are large pear-shaped grapefruits."
Kung hei fat choi

IMG_2397

IMG_2402

IMG_2401

Tea bar:

IMG_2493

Regular bar. Li Po is something of an institution.

IMG_2494

Don't worry--Chinatown has souvenirs for gardeners too. The best kind.

IMG_2496

IMG_2497

I did not buy any, but I was tempted.

IMG_2498

IMG_2499

What do you think these are?

IMG_2500

Meanwhile, California is on sale for only $3.99. Still too much?

Heh.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Did you eat or drink anything there?

--JvA, not logged in

chuck b. said...

I did not. I thought about stopping in North Beach for a plate of food or a coffee...but you know when you've been out walking around and sweating and stuff and your face feels dirty? I decided to go home and take a shower.

Les said...

Thanks for another nice tour. I particularly like the bold illustrations on the seed packets. They remind me of the art work on those giant propaganda posters that were once seen on Beijing buildings, but now only seen in Pyongyang.

cindee said...

Wow thanks for another wonderful tour. I really enjoyed it(-: It is strange to see the cooked birds hanging up that way. It doesn't do much for my appetite(-: The seeds looked fun though(-: Have a great weekend!!!(-:

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Just as I remeber it, sans the cool seed packets. And Obama Ts!

Layanee said...

Those seed packets in brown paper read: Green beans, peas, carrots, radishes and lettuce to name a few. Love these colorful pictures. The wind chimes are so sensory overload!

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

Another great tour. Love how colorful it all is.

chuck b. said...

Thank you, Layanee!!

ArtSparker said...

Wonderful photographs. I particularly like the one of the man beside the yellow sign, and the signs in general (graphics background). Tempts me to make a journey across the bay...You as if you could buy just about anything in Chinatown.

lisa said...

Wow, it was really cool to see Chinatown in the daytime! I've only seen it portrayed on cop shows at night as a "dangerous" place...especially on "The Streets of San Francisco" (Of course! :)

Genevieve said...

Thank you so much for these wonderful photos of Chinatown. I loved Chinatown when I was growing up and miss it so much.

I really appreciate all the gorgeous San Francisco photos.