Virtual Tour of Chinatown
Your Guide: Gloria Lenhart

SFHS App - Chinatown

We are pleased to announce this week’s Online History Adventure. It’s a mobile SF history app developed by local walking tour guide Gloria Lenhart. “Secrets of Chinatown” leads you on a virtual stroll through one of San Francisco’s oldest and most fascinating neighborhoods.

This tour begins at the SFHS Museum at 608 Commercial Street. There are 15 stops along the route. Portsmouth Square (where the Goddess of Democracy lives), Wentworth Place, the Chinese Telephone Company, Tin How Temple, and St. Mary’s Square are just a few of the places you’ll visit on the tour. Historic photos of Chinatown in the 1890s and early 1900s by noted photographer Arnold Genthe accompany the tour. The app provides background information about many of the stops.

Quizzes, a map of the route, and street views of each stop via Google earth make this journey one you shouldn’t miss. It’s free, it’s fun, and you can enjoy the tour from the comfort of your armchair. Note that you’ll need to take this tour on a mobile device.

You can find this adventure on the App Store. Please follow the link below, or go to the App store and search for City Explorer San Francisco, Install the app, then download the “Secrets of Chinatown” module.


on the Apple or Google App Stores:

Please follow the links above from your device, or go to the respective App store and search for City Explorer San Francisco – install it, then download “Secrets of Chinatown.”
City Explorer - San Francisco

Alternately, scan the QR code below with a QR code reader on your smartphone. (You can download a free QR code reader on the App Store.)

City Explorer - SF QR code

We hope you enjoy the tour!