The North Beach & Chinatown Chase | San Francisco Scavenger Hunt

San Francisco Scavenger Hunt

The North Beach &
Chinatown Chase
Scavenger Hunt

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The North Beach & Chinatown Chase Scavenger Hunt

Explore the historic heart of San Francisco…

…and the immigrant culture that has made it thrive when you embark on a fun, funny scavenger hunt that’s like a walking tour spiked with caffeine. You’ll follow a trail of clues and answer tricky, entertaining questions about what you find, from the hidden time capsule in Washington Square to the “school of rock” in Portsmouth Square.

In Jackson Square, you’ll uncover the history of the city’s oldest and handsomest buildings, survivors of the 1906 earthquake. In Chinatown, you might think you’ve left America as you hunt for answers among stores, herb shops, temples, hidden alleys, and even a fortune-cookie factory. And in the North Beach section, you’ll find Francis Ford Coppola’s headquarters, the legendary City Lights bookstore, and cafés and bakeries that will make you feel like you’re in Italy.

On this San Francisco scavenger hunt you might tackle such questions as…

  • On Grant, visit the Empress. Just outside the entrance, Mr. Wong wouldn’t agree that a bird in the hand is better than one in the Bush. What “insects” were also served? Answer: At the entrance to the Empress of China, a sign near a photo of George H.W. Bush says, “Wong served crispy chicken and butterfly prawns” to the president.
  • On Columbus Ave., where lightning always strikes, what is being hatched? Answer: Ideas, according to a sign at a building that is headquarters for director Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope production company. There are stylized lightning bolts in the pavement outside.

This group game is a great option for everything from corporate team building and alumni outings to birthday parties and social-group gatherings.

A Kids Edition, in which kids and adults collaborate and explore together, is also available, suitable for ages 7 and up. (The sample questions above are from the adult edition, of course.)

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