Chinatown can be found in almost every large city in the United States, though each city has their distinctive culture. Basically, Chinatown is the US name for any Chinese community outside China. The name was established in the 1840s, when the Chinese culture began to immigrate to the US. San Francisco has one of the largest Chinatowns. The total area for their city's Chinatown is 2 kilometers squared. The population is 100,574 as of 2000.

Chinatown in San Francisco is a local attraction, as well as one of the most popular tourist attractions with its 300 or more restaurants, shops, and other entertainments. This neighborhood is near the Golden Gate Bridge and North Beach.

There are five postal zip codes that make up Chinatown due to its immensity. The main thoroughfare through Chinatown is Grant Avenue near Dragon Gate. Bush Street intersects Chinatown with St. Mary's Square as part of it. There is a statue of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen at the square. Stockton Street is another main street going through Chinatown. It reminds many visitors of Hong Kong with its fresh fish markets, stores and Chinese restaurants. Portsmouth Square is a focal point in Chinatown with its Tai Chi and Chinese Chess locations.

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