I often find myself on Stockton Street during visits to San Francisco.This long North/South thoroughfare runs between Market and Beach streets and includes a tunnel that extends for a bit more than two blocks. Buses travel the street regularly and many can be picked up near Union Square -- an upscale shopping district.
As an architecture buff, I always like to go into Neiman Marcus, 150 Stockton, which was the City of Paris when I lived in the SF Bay area. The building went up in 1909 and features a magnificent 2,600-piece glass dome. I've never seen many customers here, though, likely because of the high prices.
I spend much more time walking through Stockton's Chinatown section during the day when sidewalks teem with elderly Chinese out shopping. The area reminds me of busy districts I've visited in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Many of the ground-floor stores, with apartments above, display food items ranging from barbecued ducks with heads intact to live fish and other sea creatures swimming in tanks. Vegetables and fruit fill bins outside many stores. Shoppers chatter in Cantonese and Mandarin. I find this to be a fun place to explore and the most interesting part of Chinatown.
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