Chinatown & Downtown San Francisco

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The Downtowns the american cities look all very similar, with International Style buildings and, most of the times, 1 or 2 towers with iconic designs. In San Francisco, these two are the 555 California Street (also known as Bank of America Tower) and the Transamerica Pyramid, a gorgeous brutalist pyramid. Just like New York, San Francisco is a very compact city. The skyscrapers of the Downtown are very close to low-residential neighborhoods, without any kind of transition between the heights of the buildings. Adding the hills all around the city to this mix, the views everywhere are amazing. The Downtown is in the lowest part of the city and it is surrounded by the neighborhoods of the hills, with direct views trough the avenues going up and down. Chinatown is one of these neighborhoods, plus one of the most known chinatowns in the world. Though its fame must have been acquired because its geographical place inside the city, it also has a unique charm because of the way they adapted the chinese culture and architecture to those of San Francisco and the West Coast. Far beyond its historical importance, I’m convinced that the fame it has on the new generations has its origins in the action movies, some of them very famous. My experience in the Downtown and Chinatown was very quick (just a few hours), but I found a very cool shop for collectors with very high-quality airplanes, World War 2 toys, and other very unique stuff for sale that I personally love.

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