The museum and the restaurant in Chinese Calgary building was amazing. Even not to place wasn't to big. But I enjoyed. The only thing that's bug me is that art and craft store. The owner or employess(not to sure) was unpolite. Me and my gf look around inside the store and the price are so expensive. But we still tried to find something for us to buy as a gift from there and suddenly the owner come and asked if we gonna buy anything.we said no and she told us to get out from her store.what a joke.im little surprise.she has no manner at all. So you thing whoever come to your store always have to spend money there.. Good luck wiith that..so guys if you ever go there please don't ever go to that store. Art and craft store suck.. There's nothing to see anyway. Prices are expensive. All js cheap stuff from china..
Calgary’s China, although ranked the 3rd largest in Canada (next to Vancouver and Toronto), is a lot smaller than the top two. However, it is located right in the middle of downtown taking up some of Calgary’s prime downtown real estate.
One of the unique features of Calgary’s Chinatown is the Chinese Cultural Center - the one and only one in Canada. The focal point of this ornate building in the heart of Chinatown is the main cultural hall and its unique looking roof, it is a scaled down version of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing right down to its construction method; not a single nail was used to build the dome in the ceiling. In fact, the entire wooden roof was built in Beijing, then dissembled and shipped to Calgary in containers; together with a team of 18 skill craftsmen who just so happened to have completed the restoration of the real Temple of Heaven in Beijing. These craftsmen not only put the roof back together, they did all the interior of the Great Hall including gold leafing the 4 massive columns in the Great Hall; the column details and paintings include 561 dragons and 40 phoenixes, all hand “painted” with gold foils.
A non-profit organization, the Centre is home to a Chinese library, a cultural museum which has a replicas of the famous life-size terracotta soldiers and chariot from Xian, a Chinese school, a multi-purpose hall/gymnasium, a gift store and much more. The Centre is open to the public year-round. Admission is free (except museum).
The China town area in Calgary is the third largest china town in Canada with Vancouver and Toronto having the largest populations of Oriental people. Nevertheless Calgary's China Town has a population of 1,361. This is a very colourful area with lots of Oriental restaurants and shops. It was quiet when we visited probably because it was late afternoon by the time we arrived, we had a pleasant time looking around this charming part of town and I just loved the telephone box - very eye catching and rather cute.
Noodling. When I worked downtown, we’d often go for authentic Chinese noodles at restaurants in Chinatown. Nowadays, the crowd favors going for sushi and restaurants in Chinatown are often as not Vietnamese. Still, if you’re looking for Asian foods, herbs and novelties, they can all be found in the center of downtown near the river. The color red predominates on buildings, lamp posts, benches and even telephone booths. On the Western verge of this area stands the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre. This striking building houses a Chinese library, museum, school, gymnasium and gift store. Stop by or at least walk through. Admission is free.
One might be surprised to find such a vibrant Asian center set down amongst the modern towers of this Canadian city if one did not know a little of the history of Calgary. Like railroads in the American West, trans-Canadian rail lines used the help of Chinese workers to build the roads. Many stayed on here in Calgary after the formation of the railroads serving as a starting point for latter Oriental immigrants who followed after the relaxation of Canadian immigration policies in the latter 20th century. The sight of temples, restaurants and shops makes an interesting contrast to the steel and glass towers of Shell and Husky Oil beyond, or the gleaming Orthodox churches to the northeast, reminding us of other Canadian immigrants.
The Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre is in the heart of downtown, beside Eau Claire. The Centre has six-story Great Cultural Hall, modeled after the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, that took 100,000 man-hours to build. The centre includes a cultural museum, an arts and crafts store, and a Chinese restaurant. The Cultural Centre features various exhibitions, festivals and events.
Calgary has a small but vibrant Chinatown with a Cultural center modeled on the temple of heaven in Beijing.