San Francisco Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in North America, and dating back to the 1800s. Many migrants settled here arriving for the Californian Gold Rush. It’s an eclectic place for watercolor painting, with ornate street lamps, and a mixture of Western and Chinese influence. As a result, this painting aims to capture this, with the combination of the Stars and Stripes, and the historical lamppost.
If you’re visiting San Francisco it’s a must visit, and is centrally located and easily accessible. The Chinatown area covers 24 square blocks and Grant Avenue has a Dragon Gate marking the entrance. There are of course many Chinese restaurants in the area, as well as cocktail bars and eateries. It’s also a great place to find odds and ends, such as cookware or travel bags, and souvenirs. In parts it’s quite gritty, and has evolved over many years through eras such as the Great Depression, when it was a nightclub destination. It’ll be interesting to see how Chinatown continues to evolve as a tourist destination of the 21st Century.