Sing Chong Building, San Francisco

Sing Chong Building, San Francisco

Whenever you see photos or art of Chinatown, this one always shows up eventually…

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Ross Alley, San Francisco

Ross Alley, San Francisco

While the huge festival crowds were clogging up Grant Ave, I took a shortcut through Ross Alley. It’s the oldest alley in San Francisco, and is the location of the famous Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company.

The Guzheng

Guzheng

During Chinese New Year, I came across an elderly street band offering passersby a chance to play. While I feebly attempted to play a qinqin, one of the real musicians strummed some beautiful melodies using a guzheng. This is the instrument that most folks associate with Chinese music; movies, tv shows, and video games related to the culture typically use one as part of their soundtracks.  YouTube has several videos demonstrating just how awesome this mass of wood and strings can be. It’s been over 2,000 years since its invention, and it’s still going strong.

Wentworth Place, San Francisco

Wentworth Place

Whenever I’m in Chinatown, I usually stop by Wentworth Place. It’s nice, secluded from tourists, and has places to sit. The fact that it also hides one of the best Gundam model stores in the Bay Area might also have something to do with it.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wall, Or: The Wentworth Dragon

The Wentworth Dragon

This week’s photo challenge calls for some walls, and I instantly though of this one. Taken in Wentworth Place, an often-overlooked alley hidden deep in San Francisco’s Chinatown. It’s also across the way from the best Gundam model store in the Bay Area…

Weekly Photo Challenge: A World Of Orange

This week’s challenge requires lots of orange-themed photos, so I thought I’d look back at some of my travels over the past year…

Red-Eyed Orange Lion

Red Eyes Orange Dragon

One of the Yau Kung Moon lion dancers. Taken during the SF Chinese New Year 2015 Festival in Chinatown.