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1 The Dragon's Gate

The Dragon's Gate

The Dragon's Gate
Chinese people first started moving to San Francisco back in the 1840s, but Grant Avenue here already existed at that point and is actually the oldest street in all of San Francisco. You’ll see a lot of the color red in there as well because red for the Chinese symbolizes wealth, health, and good fortune. We enter Chinatown through the Dragon's Gate here which is actually quite a recent addition to Chinatown. It was built in the 1970s and it's constructed to look like those gates outside of Chinese villages which are used to ward off evil spirits. On either side of the Dragon's Gate here, you can find these dragons which are called Foo Dogs, and one is male and the other one's female. So how do you tell the difference between a male and a female dragon? Well, you have to look to their feet because this one here is actually the female, and if you look to her foot you see that she has a little dragon pup underneath so she's the mother.
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