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Chinatown is located in downtown San Francisco. It is roughly bordered by Powell Street and the Nob Hill District on the west. On the east is Kearny Street and The City’s Financial District. On the north is North Beach and Green Street and Columbus Street. On the south is Bush Street and the Union Square area. It has been slowly expanding northward into the North Beach neighborhood north of Green and Columbus Avenue.

Within Chinatown there are two major thoroughfares. One is Grant Avenue, which includes the famous Dragon gate on the corner of Bush Street and Grant Avenue; St. Mary’s Park which boasts a statue of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen; a war memorial to Chinese war veterans; and a plethora of stores, restaurants, and mini-malls that cater mainly to tourists. The other, Stockton Street, is frequented less often by tourists, and presents an authentic Chinese look and feel reminiscent of Hong Kong with its produce and fish markets, stores, and restaurants. Chinatown has smaller side streets and alleyways that also provide an authentic character.