Lunar New Year Images, San Francisco Chinatown 2012

Last weekend marked the official end of the Chinese/Lunar New Year Celebrations ushering in the Year of the Dragon.  I had the chance to stroll through the oldest Chinatown in the United States, in San Francisco.  The photos show the old and the new, commerce and tradition, ending with a classic Chinese poem that sums up the immigrant path to achieving the American dream.  Enjoy the stroll.

Diligence is the path up the mountain of knowledge

Hard work is the boat across the endless sea of learning


Were you hoping for a recipe? Here are several for food traditionally eaten during the Lunar New Year for good luck and prosperity:

Lucky Shrimp Dumplings for Chinese New Year 

Tea eggs 


Flowering chive omelet