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Golden Gate Bridge

No hiking to Sulphur Mountain this week. We spent a few days in the San Francisco Bay Area visiting family. So, in lieu of Sulphur Mountain, here's one from near Hawk Hill (Battery Spencer Trail) in the Marin Headlands.

 

The Golden Gate Bridge was built during the Great Depression in the 1930's and for some time was the longest suspension bridge in the world. A great symbol of American perseverance, accomplishing an impossible feat during an impossible time. Now it's just a famously photographed bridge and I doubt few know why it's even famous besides being red and pretty haha. :)

 

San Francisco was known to the Chinese as Gold Mountain. A good chunk of Chinese gold prospectors were from the coastal regions especially around Toi Shan. A lot of the older residents in the Chinatowns do still speak Toishanese and Cantonese. Chinatowns in Chinese is called Tang People Street referring to the Tang Dynasty. We probably cling to that name because it was a prosperous era for the Chinese. The gold rush and major emigration coincided with the latter part of the Qing Dynasty (last imperial dynasty of China).

 

That's it for this series, thanks for looking.

 

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Taken on November 6, 2014