Ghosts roam the earth to complete unfinished tasks, such as making peace with loved ones or picking up dry cleaning. Witness the errands of the undead with today's Groupon: for $48, you get two adult tickets to a tour from SF Chinatown Ghost Tours (a $96 value). Tours run Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., meeting at Four Seas Restaurant.
Listed as one of San Francisco’s top attractions by AOL, Chinatown Ghost Tours immerses thrill seekers in the culture and crime scenes of the country’s oldest Chinese community during eerie two-hour tours. Guides lead patrons through the city's backstreets while discussing the mysticism, Chinese folklore, and feral gremlins still flourishing in the culturally rich area. Under the cover of darkness, guides point out important otherworldly hot spots as guests creep through the streets once home to opium dens, purported vampire attacks, and rioting. The two-hour walking tour concludes inside a haunted cellar, where Magician Tamaka conjures the spirit of a long-departed unscrupulous gambler in front of tour-goers' eyes. Combining mentalism, magic, and comedy, Tamaka's routine sends chills down spines like a bear hug from Frosty the Snowman.
SF Chinatown Ghost Tours
From an early age, native San Franciscans Cynthia Yee and Ruby Tsang found themselves fascinated with their native culture and its ties to ancient beliefs and the supernatural. Now, through SF Chinatown Ghost Tours, native guides immerse guests in the mysticism, folklore, and history of the U.S.’s oldest Chinese community during themed walking tours. Wandering down dimly lit streets, patrons see the sites of former gambling dens, riots, and antique shops specializing in Mogwai. A daytime cookie factory tour meanders past historic Chinatown sights including a Taoist temple, food markets, and a fortune cookie factory, letting guests munch on cookies where the renowned biscuit was invented.
731 Grant Ave.
San Fracisco, California 94108