Join us for a mid-afternoon stroll as we highlight the Lunar New Year's traditions and history, and explain the beautiful flowers and couplets you see all over San Francisco's Chinatown during this exciting time of year. We may even get to experience a lion dance or two!
On the tour you will:
- Learn about the history, folklore, culture and food of America's largest Chinatown, specifically as it pertains to the Lunar New Year.
- Enjoy a visit to a Chinese teashop.
- Peek down sidestreets and alleyways, following the heady scent of a Chinese herbal shop.
- And, after the stroll, share a hosted Lunar New Year banquet with food to assure happiness and good fortune for the new year!
What Is Not Included?
Tickets for parade viewing in the reserved bleacher area are available for separate purchase. Please click "Contact WokWiz" on the left if you are interested.
- How far in advance should I book the Stroll and Banquet?
- As soon as you have set your plans and you know you would like to attend. This event will sell out, so please make sure to purchase your tickets early. Advance purchase is required with a Visa or Mastercard.
- What time should I arrive for my tour?
- The Wok Wiz Lunar New Year program begins promptly at the schedule time. Please make sure to arrive 15 minutes early so we can sign everyone in and start the tour on time.
- How long is the walking portion of the event?
- We will be walking for the first 1.5 hours of the event, and then we will finish up at a Chinatown restaurant for a 1.5 hour banquet.
- Is the walking strenuous?
- Not at all. It is a relaxing walk, with many pauses and a few stops (refer to tour descriptions).
- Where will the banquet take place?
- We will hold our banquet in a surprise Chinatown restaurant location.
- What does the banquet include?
- The banquet will serve traditional foods of the Lunar New Year, but the exact menu has yet to be determined!
- Is the tip to the tour leader and restaurant included?
- The gratuity to your tour leader is not included. Consider him/her as you would others in the industry, or as servers in restaurants, cab drivers, etc. You tip them at your discretion, and a good time to do so is after the tour, when you are saying farewell. The tip at the restaurant is included with your tour cost but if a server is extraordinary, s/he will always appreciate a little bonus.
- Where does the tour end?
- The tour finishes at the Chinatown restaurant where we have our new year banquet, or if you have tickets for the parade, a Wok Wiz representative will guide you to our VIP seats.
- How can I get a ticket to the New Year Parade?
- Once you purchase your tickets for the Stroll and Banquet, you will be provided for contact information to reach Wok Wiz Chinatown Tours so you can call them directly and secure your VIP seat for the New Year Parade.
- How much do tickets to the parade cost?
- Tickets are $35 and can be purchased with Visa or Mastercard through Wok Wiz directly. You will be provided with the contact information once you purchase tickets for the Stroll and Banquet.
- What happens if it rains?
- The tour operates rain or shine. We will be spending time outside, as well as in some of the local establishments, so please dress accordingly. It almost always rains on the Lunar New Year Parade, so do bring umbrellas.
- Are children allowed on the tour?
- Children ages six and older are welcome to join us on the tour, but they must purchase a full price Standard ticket. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate children under the age of 6 on this event.
- Are there bathrooms available on the tour?
- There is a bathroom at the meeting location as well as at the restaurant where we will enjoy the banquet. Bathroom breaks will only be made during the 1.5 hour stroll portion of the event if there is an emergency.
- Is the tour wheelchair and handicap accessible?
- Unfortunately due to the large crowds in Chinatown during this time of year, wheelchairs are not suggested for this event.
- What if I have dietary restrictions?
- Unfortunately this event might not be for you. We do not make exceptions to the food that we eat. It will be too distracting to have to make changes.
- Can I book a private tour?
- Yes, private tours are available. Wok Wiz provides fantastic private tours and events for incentive groups, schools, etc. If you are interested in booking a private tour, contact Wok Wiz by clicking on the "Contact WokWiz" link.
- Are gift certificates available for Wok Wiz tours and events?
- While there are no gift certificates available specifically for this tour, gift certificates are available for the Wok Wiz Daily Tour, and they make a perfect gift for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate for the Wok Wiz Daily Tour, please click on "List of All Activities" to the left of the page and then on "Buy a Gift Certificate" at the bottom of the page.
- Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
- Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.
- Activity takes place rain or shine.
- The activity runs regardless of weather conditions. In the rare situation where the seller is forced to cancel the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule to another time (subject to availability).
- Children under 6 are not allowed on the Year of the Monkey Chinatown Stroll and Banquet.
- Children under 6 years old are not allowed at this event, as very young children could disrupt the banquet experience.
Wok Wiz Chinatown Tours
Wok Wiz Tours has been in business for nearly 30 years. Each year, we bring thousands of guests, of all ages, from near and far, to our vibrant area. Our founder, Shirley Fong-Torres was a former middle and high school teacher, and was a corporate manager for Levi Strauss & Co. She was the author of four books, was a regular guest on the Food Channel, and the History and Discovery Channels, FINE LIVING TV, and has been featured in the NY Times, LA Times, Bon Appetit, Gourmet, and Cooking Light.