Chinatown Night Market Fair


Last night, I weaved a path down Kearny street to the Chinatown Night Market Fair. In Portsmouth Square, dozens of blue tents were packed closely together like bricks; the people, the mortar. I Dipped my wallet deep to protect against picks, and crept into the meandering stream of shoppers. Music from chinese instruments, children playing in the jungle gym, and the sounds of bartering mixed into a soundtrack for the fair grounds. Occasionally, the smell of curry or steamed greens would waft by.
And of course, the goods: an orgy of karaoke and chinese pop star DVDs, remote controlled cars, charms to hang off cellphones, glass figurines, fake designer purses, slippers, socks, underwear, plastic birds in bamboo cages, green jade, and red silk. Nothing you’d really need to buy right then and there, but interesting as a museum of “made in china” trinket-dom.
Worth a visit, and cheaper than going all the way to Hong Kong to visit Stanley Market.
Where: Portsmouth Square, across from the Holiday Inn on Kearny
When: Every Saturday, through October 9th, 6pm to 11pm
San Francisco Chinatown Night Market Fair

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