Lunar New Year celebrations are underway, and I hear the sounds of firecrackers almost nightly around our neighborhood. This is a great time of year to go visit the Asian communities out west to eat, shop, and learn more about the rich and varied Asian cultures. Earlier this week, I posted a list of some of the many, many events being held throughout California.
This is a photo of a miniature San Francisco’s Chinatown Gate. It is part of the Golden Gate Railway Garden Exhibit featured at the Golden Gate Park Conservatory of Flowers through April 19. The model railway has replicas of all the San Francisco landmarks made out of recycled materials. So you’ll get to see the ferry building made out of cheese graters, or the Golden Gate Bridge made out of strings of beads.
This is a great stop if you have a train-obsessed child, and if you love to feel as if you’re in a warm, tropical jungle even when the bay fog is creeping up outside.
Another excellent reason to visit the Conservatory before February 8, is to see their Lunar New Year inspired flower displays. Of course, when you’re done, you will want to go and check out the real Chinatown Gate. It has a lot less computer chip and a lot more dragon.