Chinatown Gate 1/1 by Tripoto
Michele Bigley
To begin your journey, enter through the ornate Chinatown Gate on Grant Ave at Bush St. A gift from the Republic of China in 1970 as a symbol of good faith between the countries, the bright colored pagoda topped doorway is like a portal into a tiny universe of bustling tourists and locals shopping for everything from live chickens to jade statues. Peruse in the many shops and wares on Grant Street just as it was decades ago. Chinese slippers, good luck charms, and mechanical trinkets are just a few of the items you’ll see by the basketful. So don’t be surprised to find a ribbon-adorned phallus in one of the storefront windows.