Yuri Ngano, writing for Inkstone, wrote a great review of the Fghting History of SF Chinatown tour. Recounting my inspiration watching the Warrior TV series, she writes
One of those fans, Marc Pomerleau, an event designer who lives in San Francisco, was so inspired by the series that he decided to bring the small-screen experience to real life wtih a walking tour of the city, giving participants an unvarnished view of long-forgotten immigrant stories in America's oldest Chinatown.
This is a real great articile. Worth the read!
Read the whole article here.
The only thing predictable about San Francisco weather is that it is unpredictable.
Tips on How to Dress in San Francisco for Every Season and Month of the Year. But the short answer is: Layers!
Dress in layers. Having a windbreaker is a good idea. The weather can change fast and can be chilly even when your weather app says it shouldn't be.
Check the 10 day weather forecast on the Weather Channel, as well as expected weather during other parts of the year.
Public restrooms in Chinatown are basically non-existent. Please plan accordingly.
Chinatown Magic tours contain mature subject matter and are not suitable for young children or highly sensitive, easily offended adults. Murder, prostitution, human trafficking, drugs, violence, and all the truths related to our species will be on full display.
If reading this makes you super uncomfortable, please seek out a more mainstream tour. If this makes you slightly uncomfortable or super excited, then please, sign up today -- you’ll be happy you did.
Both tours take approximately 2 hours. We will cover about 1.25 miles with some hill walking. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.
Please allow extra and plenty of time for traffic and/or parking so you can arrive at the designated meeting place on time. Out of respect for all participants, we start tours promptly. Please plan on arriving early so you don’t miss anything!
We are committed to your safety and practice CDC-recommended COVID-19 safety protocols including:
• Group size a maximum of 10 people
• Adhering to social distancing guidelines
• Ensuring that all participants wear a mask
• When possible, we encourage you to organize and book a private tour with people you know
• DO NOT book this tour if you are unwilling or unable to wear a mask.
Failure to comply with our safety guidelines will result in you and your party being asked to leave.
More information on our commitment to safety and social distance is available on the Coronavirus Covid-19 protocols page!
I decided to book Marc’s experience after I had read the overwhelmingly positive reviews, including one guest who describes this experience as “10x better than any Netflix documentary.” I can see why. Marc’s experience is less a walking tour than a cinematic experience that you walk through. I don’t really know how else to describe this – it’s one of the best experiences on Airbnb that I’ve taken. Additionally, the value is just incredible. I highly recommend this experience. (November 2019)
Really worthwhile and informative! And this is coming from a local. I learned so many things that I never knew despite growing up here. You won’t regret taking this tour! (January 2020)
This was sick. Marc guided us through Chinatown in a way that you’re just not going to get anywhere else. This felt like the real history of the neighborhood. I felt like I got a tremendous value, and I would highly recommend this to anyone. (February 2020)