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Saturday, January 13, 2007

China Town & Lombard Street

After a hearty brunch at Squat & Gobble we drove into downtown San Francisco. afetr driving through the busy commercial district. We drove slowly through the vibrant,bustling and colourful China Town the largest Chinatown outside Asia.The Chinatown gate can be found at the intersection of Bush St. and Grant Avenue. It has three beautifully ornated arches and is guarded by two lions. Among the exotic live markets, dim sum dinners and herb shops, are the nearly 10,000 residents of Asian descent that call CHINATOWN "home".
Our next stop was Lombard Street. Lombard Street is San Francisco-- and America's crookedest street. It is famous for having a steep, one-block section that consists of tight hairpin turns.The switchback design was instituted in 1922 out of necessity to reduce the hill's natural 27° slope which was too steep for most vehicles to climb and a serious hazard to pedestrians used to a more reasonable sixteen-degree incline. The speed limit is a mere 5 mph (10 km/h) on the crooked section, which is about 1/4 mile (400 m) long.The crooked section of the street is reserved for one-way traffic traveling east (downhill), and is paved with bricks

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