The Chinatown in Singapore is the name of a district with predominately Chinese cultural influence. The area is a myriad of various architectural styles, ranging from baroque to Victorian, all with a touch of Chinese culture. The Chinatown has a long history, but its modern-day look it owes to architects from the 19th century onwards.
Important landmarks of the area include 2 places of worship – the Jamae Mosque and the Sri Mariamman Temple. These 2 buildings stand in a predominately Chinese neighborhood. The mosque was built by the Tamil Muslim community, while the Sri Mariamman is an Indian temple.
Fisherman’s Wharf is a lively and busy waterfront area landmark in San Francisco. There is a bunch of attractions in this area, including Pier 39, the Aquarium of the Bay, Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf, Musee Mecanique, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park and the Cannery Shopping Centre.
Great amusement here is to stick near to the waterfront and enjoy the sea lions show. You will see hundreds of sea lions gathered on the dock ear to Pier 39. Watch them jump and dance around excitedly, eat, bark and bask in the sun. Also, don´t miss the street performers, especially the famous Bushman scaring by passers (beware yourself).
Golden Gate Park
Golden Gate Park serves as a welcomed escape from the hectic concrete jungle and traffic of urban San Francisco. With its 1017 acres, it is larger than NY´s central park and gets around 13 million visitors every year.
With its lush California green the park attracts the city dwellers from kids to grandparents. The parks gardens, playgrounds, lakes, picnic groves and trails,are perfect for walking, jogging, having a picnic or simply spending time outdoors.
The Ferry Building is a ferry terminal for people travelling across the San Francisco Bay. The 245 foot high clock tower has been one of the famous landmarks of San Francisco for over 100 years.
The main reason to come here though, is the food: The Fabulous farmers market is here at the ground floor on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday only. Every week, there are about 25,000 people visit the market. The market offers everything from artisan cheeses, wine, sprits to locally produced fresh vegetables, fruits and seafoods.
Visiting San Francisco and not riding a cable car is like going to Paris and not seeing the Eiffel Tower. These historic symbols of San Francisco have transported people up the steep hills of San Francisco since 1873.
There is something incredibly romantic about the old tram wagons. They are the world's last manually operated cable cars and out of the original 23 routes, only three are remaining today.
These days the cable cars are one of the city’s major attractions and mostly used by tourists. However they are still a viable method of transportation to the locals as well, especially on certain legs where the cable car is faster than other methods.
Alcatraz is perhaps the most legendary prison in the world. It is often referred to as private://The Rockprivate://. The small Alcatraz island on which the prison is located, has served as a lighthouse(1846->), a military fortification(1850->), a military prison(1861->), and a Federal Bureau of Prisons federal prison from 1934 until 1963. Today, the island is a historic site operated by the National Park Service as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and is open to tours.
The Golden Gate
Let it be known, Golden Gate is not a gate and it is not golden. Instead, it is the most iconic bridge in the world and a famous landmark of San Francisco.
It opened in 1937 and had, until 1964, the longest suspension bridge main span in the world, at 4,200 feet (1,300 m). It has been declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Today around 110 000 vehicles cross the bridge every day to get from San Francisco to Marin County or vice versa.
The colour of the bridge has become world famous and is called “international orange”. 38 painters work continuously to touch up the paintwork where it becomes seriously corroded.
The Exploratorium is the hands on place to explore and have fun with science. Here you have the chance to try navigation in complete darkness, blow the world's biggest soap bubble, see how supercooled water freezes instantly, learn the Maya language etc. etc. The building is filled with fancy displays and hands on exhibits that bring science to life.
This scientific funhouse seems to engage every visitor. From the small child who just enjoy moving things or watching things move to the experienced scientist who still enjoys the fundamentals.
California Academy of Science
The California Academy of Sciences is one of the largest museums of natural history in the world.
This huge complex delivers the wonders of the world in one package. Here you can see the stars in the planetarium though real time data provided by NASA, experience a tropical paradise under the rainforest dome or watch as a diver plunge into the world’s deepest coral reef exhibit. The academy is full of cool things to explore and it is likely the day will run out before things to see.
The AT&T park in San Francisco is probably the finest ballpark in the Major League Baseball. If it's baseball season and you find yourself in San Francisco, you owe it to yourself to take in a game.
The stadium has over 41 000 seats 68 luxury suites and is usually packed inside and out. Considering the amount of people, the facilities are kept pretty clean. The prices of foods and drinks are not the cheapest you can find but the level of food seems to be slightly over the ballpark standard. Especially the garlic fries are great!
Coit Tower and the Filbert Steps
Coit Tower is located in the Telegraph Hill, a neighbourhood of San Francisco. It acts as a directional marker for people who lost themselves in the maze of city streets. The best way to get up here is to walk up the Filbert steps that are surrounded by lush greenery, dotted with beautiful and quirky homes, statues and gardens.
Already at the foot of the tower you will get a great 360 degrees view of the city. Once you get up to the viewing platform, the picturesque view looking over the city landmarks, the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge and Transamerica Building gets even better.