A view of the fishing village at China Camp State Park near San Rafael, California. The village started around 1880 w/ a population of 500 Chinese-Americans who originated from Canton, China. They had operated a shrimp business to be netted & shipped back to China & other Chinese communites in the US. Following the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act there was a growing animosity towards the Chinese felt throughout San Francisco that many had left & settled here, to which the village once peaked at 10,000 people. Today most of the buildings are gone however these few remain, as well as this dock & replicated boats. There is a small museum & the entire area is set aside as a state park w/ many hiking trails.
The Bay Area is renowned for its natural beauty, affluence, diversity, and progressive thinking new age reputation. Lots of ammenities, tours and hotels can be found all around the area.San Francisco is the cultural and financial center of the Bay Area, and has the second highest population density of any major city in North America after New York City. It is also a major tourist destination, and transport and accommodation is plentiful, ranging from luxury hotels to cheap accommodation. San Jose is the largest city in terms of population, land area, and industrial development, and is the center of Silicon Valley, a well-known high technology region. Oakland is a major manufacturing and distribution center, rail terminus/hub, and has the fourth largest container shipping port in the United States.Largely because of San Francisco and Silicon Valley, the Bay Area presently ranks second only to the much larger New York City region in number of Fortune 500 company headquarters (April 2010 Fortune Magazine). source: wikipedia