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Sat. February 15, 2014 — 4:30pm - 9:00pm rain or shine!

»» read about the 2006 hunt in the SF Chronicle

Will Call opens............................................ 2:30pm
Hunt check-in begins.................................. 3:30pm
Hunt commences....................................... 4:30pm
Hunt ends (all scoresheets must be back)...... 9:00pm

Tickets will available on site at Justin Herman Plaza starting at 2:30 pm before the Hunt (for $50). For more information, phone 925-866-9599.

We’ve also posted the 2013 Photo Contest winner, take a look!


Justin Herman Plaza, located at Market and the Embarcadero, behind the Hyatt Regency Hotel, in San Francisco - please check here if you need a map or transportation info.


Earlybird tickets on sale, online only, as of December 9 at 10am

  • $35 per person through Jan. 3
  • $40 per person January 4 through Jan. 31
  • $42 per person February 1 - Feb. 14
    »» Note: Deadline for Team Name Contest submission is Feb. 10.
  • $50 at the door (at Justin Herman Plaza on Hunt Day)
  • $20 for kids 14 - 18
  • $12 for kids under 14

* A $6.00 processing fee will be charged for each order (not per ticket).

Partial proceeds benefit the San Francisco Circus Center.

Special offer: If your company hires us to create a team-building treasure hunt, we’ll give you four free tickets to the Chinese New Year Treasure Hunt!

Box Office details: The Box Office is open 9am-4pm, Monday–Friday, at 925-866-9599. There is no walk-up Box Office until the day of the Hunt, at which time a tent will be set up at Justin Herman Plaza (there will signs marking it). Ticket sales will begin at 3:00pm. Will Call opens at 2:30pm.

Online sales are open now, 24 hours a day. The number of tickets is limited. Tickets are going fast! This year they went on sale (online) early - Dec 3rd. If you want to attend, we STRONGLY URGE you to purchase tickets in advance).

Beginners who solved all the clues in 2013: We recommend that you move up to the Regular Division for 2014. Help make room for the newbies!

Hints & Solutions:

Hints for the upcoming treasure hunt and links to solutions for the clues will be posted in the "2014 Hints & Solutions" page (after the hunt of course). The first hints will be released in the weeks before the hunt.

Contests and Prizes

Winners will be posted on the Prizes & Team Scores page (as will Team Scores, natch).

The Team Names Contest deadline is February 10, 2014. You must register and submit your team name by that date to qualify. Check the current list of names (updated daily) for ideas (and to see if some mug already got your brilliant inspiration), or read and vote on(!) the names submitted so far via our » CNYTH Team Names Poll on Facebook.

Get your threads/conceptual art projects ready for the Best Dressed costume contest and your cameras ready for the Photo contest. You could WIN FABULOUS PRIZES (... well, at least honor, glory and bragging rights).


Each ticket can be redeemed for a sealed set of clues and a map on the day of the hunt. One person can redeem the tickets for everyone else on their team.

Other Info:

You must bring your tickets WITH YOU to the Hunt!


Definitely bring:

  1. Comfortable footwear (you will do a lot of walking and / or running in the course of the hunt)
  2. A flashlight - the brighter the better.
  3. A ruler.
  4. Layered clothes, and possibly a backpack to carry them in.
  5. A spirit of adventure and a zest for new experiences.

Helpful but optional items:

  1. A smartphone, tablet or laptop with wireless.
  2. Snacks or drinks in a backpack.
  3. A zip-lock bag or other waterproof cover for your clues and map (if it’s raining).
  4. Highlighter and pens for marking your map.
  5. A calculator.
  6. Strongly recommended: a clipboard or piece of foamcore for your answer sheets (8-1/2”x11”)

Everyone gets a detailed map of the playing area, and every team receives an alphabetic street index. You’re encouraged to bring your own maps, guidebooks or reference works to aid in solving clues. We will not be updating the iPhone app this year.

While familiarity with San Francisco geography is an advantage, the ability to collaboratively solve a puzzle and work as a team are more important.

For non-ticketing questions please check our Chinese New Year Treasure Hunt FAQ page.

Partial proceeds in 2013 benefited Circus Center.

Forget it, Jake, It’s Chinatown Jack Nicholson, in Chinatown