Chinatown Gate (Dragon Gate)
The Republic of China gifted the gate to the city of San Francisco in 1969. Chinese villages often feature similar ceremonial gates, and the ornate dragons and concrete guard dogs are said to keep evil spirits away.
It really is a transporting experience to walk under the gate and begin a gentle upward slope through tightly packed and colorful shops. The entrance and first block are quite peaceful. Deeper into Chinatown visitors will find anything but peace on the bustling and energizing streets, where the produce, meat and fish markets seem to buzz all day long.