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The atmosphere of early Chinatown was bustling and noisy with brightly colored lanterns, three-cornered yellow silk pennants denoting restaurants, calligraphy on sign boards, flowing costumes, hair in queues and the sound of Cantonese dialects. In this familiar neighborhood the immigrants found the security and solidarity to survive the racial and economic oppression of greater San Francisco. As fires raged, Chinatown was leveled.

It seemed that what the city and country wanted for fifty years, nature had accomplished in forty-five seconds. Ironically, because the immigration records and vital statistics at City Hall had been destroyed, many Chinese were able to claim citizenship, then send for their children and families in China. Legally, all children of U. Thus began the influx of"paper sons and paper daughters" - instant citizens - which helped balance the demographics of Chinatown's "bachelor society.

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The city fathers had no intention of allowing Chinatown to be rebuilt in its own neighborhood, on valuable land next to the Financial District. While they were deciding where to relocate the Chinese, a wealthy businessman named Look Tin Eli developed a plan to rebuild Chinatown to its original location. He obtained a loan from Hong Kong and designed the new Chinatown to be more emphatically "Oriental" to draw tourists.

The old Italianate buildings were replaced by Edwardian architecture embellished with theatrical chinoiserie. Chinatown, like the phoenix, rose from the ashes with a new facade, dreamed up by an American-born Chinese man, built by white architects, looking like a stage-set China that does not exist. The average detention was two weeks, the longest was twenty-two months. Conditions on Angel Island were harsh, families were isolated, separated, and the interrogated. Detainees were questioned in great detail about who they were and why they were claiming the right to enter the United States.

Those whose answers were unacceptable to the officers were denied admission. To prepare for the questions, immigrants often relied on coaching papers which contained details on the background of individuals who could legally claim American citizenship. Typically such papers were purchased as part of the package of tickets and information about entering the United States.

Angel Island Station was closed in after a fire destroyed many of the buildings. The Exclusion Act was repealed in and in most of Angel Island was converted to state park. China became an ally in the war against Japan, and public sentiment in favor of America's Chinese allies surged. For the first time, Chinese aliens entered the mainstream of American society.

Chinese Americans wore the same uniform as American soldiers, and fought side by side with them under the American flag. Labor shortages on the homefront opened jobs previously closed to them. The most important declaration came on December 17, , halfway through the war, when President Roosevelt signed the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act, ending more than sixty years of legalized racism and discrimination.

This did not guarantee instant acceptance by the dominant society. After the repeal of the Exclusion Act and the enactment of the War Bride Act, acculturation and assimilation began to take place. The once bachelor society began to shift toward a new American Chinese community filled with families and children. Finally Chinese immigrants were legally allowed to become citizens and to own property. Chinese-style buildings and the narrow bustling streets give Chinatown its character.

Beyond the gilded storefronts you will find tenements crowded with elderly people and new immigrants struggling with problems left by years of exclusion and discrimination - unemployment, health problems and substandard housing. Core Chinatown itself, limited by its capacity to grow, no longer serves as the major residential area for the Chinese of San Francisco. Many have moved out of crowded Chinatown to the Richmond and Sunset districts. In , the Chinatown Resource Center and the Chinese Community Housing Corporation launched a comprehensive improvement program striving to find solutions for land use changes.

Since the Chinese American Citizens Alliance has fought against disenfranchisement of citizens of Chinese ancestry and sponsored a number of community projects. Today, San Francisco's Chinatown has developed cultural autonomy which sustains many activities: dance, music groups, a children's orchestra, artists, a Chinese Culture Center, and the Chinese Historical Society of America.

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Rooms feature large wall coverings with topographical maps of the surrounding mountains and hills. While staying at San Francisco's Le Meridien, guests can enjoy on-site gourmet dining and a happy hour at Bar and Bistro or the Park Grill restaurant. In addition to stunning views of the city's skyline, Le Meridien San Francisco offers easy access to some of the area's most popular attractions. The legendary cable car lines are also easily accessible and provide access to many areas of the city.

Fisherman's Wharf is 13 minutes' drive away from Le Meridien, while Chinatown and Union Square are less than 15 minutes' walk away. Financial District is a great choice for travelers interested in restaurants , food and walking. This is our guests' favorite part of San Francisco, according to independent reviews. Couples in particular like the location — they rated it 9. Le Meridien San Francisco has been welcoming Booking. We're sorry, but there was an error submitting your comment. Please try again.

Good for couples — they rated the facilities 8. There's an ATM and a currency exchange service at this property. This hotel was highly-rated for its very comfy beds.

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Double-check your selected room for the maximum capacity. Age restriction. Cards accepted at this hotel. Other Le Meridien San Francisco accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival. Le Meridien San Francisco accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival. Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card upon check-in.

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Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply. The prices at Le Meridien San Francisco may vary depending on your stay e. To see prices, enter your dates. Guests staying at Le Meridien San Francisco can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay guest review score: 5.

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Open your list. Parking was ridiculously over priced, but that's SF, most staff members were great however one staff member was rude when asked to fill the coffee containers. Service was great! Perfect location and amazing bay view from 24th floor! That was unexpected. We ate on site for breakfast and it was delicious. The staff is very helpful and friendly. We enjoyed our stay and would definitely recommend. My view was to die for.