Downtown-Chinatown-Nob Hill
Mah Jongg and Capitalism
Miles:     5.5
Hilliness, scale of 1-5:     4
Terrain:     All on city streets, no stairs
This hike starts on the more colorful side of downtown, goes steeply uphill to Grace Cathedral and the Fairmont Hotel on Nob Hill with its glorious bay views, and then wanders down through narrow Chinatown alleys to the Financial District, stopping in for a look at Sam Spade's elevator, Tin Hau's temple, and some of the grand financial buildings of the early 20th century.
Fortune cookie factory / photo: Paula Barish
Alley in Chinatown / photo: Paula Barish Hobart Building, downtown / photo: Paula Barish Lobby of an office building on Sansome Street / photo: Paula Barish
Waverley Place in Chinatown / photo: Paula Barish   Reflections on a building downtown / photo: Paula Barish