Chinatown, Vancouver

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    Chinatown

    by el_ruso Written Jul 6, 2005

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    Vancouver has a lot of people of Chinese descent (and Chinese tourists) everywhere, and this area is where they lived originally. Kinda like Little Havana in Miami. The highlight is the Sun Yat Sen memorial garden. You can see the photos in travelogue.

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    Visiting China Town

    by EGitan Written Jun 30, 2005

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    buying tea

    It is really a great China Town. Very similar to Beijing but cleaner. There are some great resturants, little shops to buy great tea. And if you want to see a Chinese doctor go to 434 Main St and see dr Tran who offers herbal and dietary advise free of charge.

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    Chinatown

    by rmdw Written May 8, 2005

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    Vancouver's Chinatown

    Vancouver has a large and historic Chinatown, reported to be second in size only to San Francisco in North America.

    One can easily spend a morning or afternoon exploring the many interesting shops & restaurants in Chinatown.

    If you've never tried "Dim Sum", then I'd highly recommend you do! It's the equivalent of Chinese brunch, featuring all sorts of little dumplings. It's not for everyone but I find it delicious!

    Like in other cities, the area in & around Chinatown can sometimes be seedy. Vancouver's unfortunately sits right beside the most crime ridden area in all of Canada. But Chinatown itself is quite safe.

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    hold your noise and enjoy

    by xeberus Written Nov 28, 2004
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    Ah, China Town. Though it's in a kind of sketchy part of town, it's worth visiting. The old architecture is lovely in this area. The shop after shop of Chinese foods and other goods create a lively atmosphere (and a strong odor).

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    Chinatown

    by tvor Written Nov 23, 2004

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    Chinatown is the largest Chinatown outside of San Francisco. The street signs on the corners have sculpted dragons on the posts and ever business is signed in Chinese and English. The narrowest building in the world is there, an insurance company now. It's the length of the side of a building but only 1.8 meters deep. Apparently in 1908, the zoning by laws and land appropriations left the owner with almost nothing to build on and the owner was so ticked off that he decided to build on the narrow strip of land he was left with, just for spite!

    There is a Chinese cultural center, fronted with an elaborate gateway and a Chinese gardens that I didn't take the time to explore. There were markets with bins of mostly unidentifiable items, one store that carried all sorts of kitchen goods, both Chinese and western. The area was a little run down and shabby, mostly just businesses lining the streets, some with flats in the buildings above the stores.

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    Chinatown

    by katpanou Written Oct 1, 2004

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    Chinese science fiction movies as well!

    You are not in Benjing! No, no you are in Vancouver where it seems that half of the population are Chinese. Chinese cultural elements are everywhere to be found but Chinatown is the historic centre of the community

    You can find all chinese products from head balm to bamboo lamps...and many more products that where completely unknown to me!

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    Chinatown

    by JanPeter74 Written Aug 30, 2004

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    Chinese Garden in Chinatown Vancouver

    The Chinatown of Vancouver is one of the largest in North America. It is located east of downtown Vancouver and south of Gastown.

    Pay attention if you are on foot that the route between Chinatown and Gastown (10-15 minutes) leads through one of the less attractive/safe areas of Vancouver. So during the night this might be not such a good idea. During a summer afternoon however, there are enough other people around. Nevertheless, be careful here.

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    China Town

    by Webboy Written Aug 11, 2004

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    China Town - Vancouver

    China Town was one of the stops on our Vancouver Trolley car tour. However, it is not a far walk from the centre of downtown.

    It is located on the north East side of Downtown, just next to Gastown - its fairly easy to find.

    We didn't get a chance to get off and walk about China Town - we had already done so much that day! However the driver did go slowly round it so that we could get some photos and a good look.

    Like the China Town region of other major cities, this one had some stunning architecture and everything from street lights to walls were decked out with scupltures - all of them extremely detailed.

    China Town Vancouver is also apparently home to the world thinest building. The driver told us the building was in the Guiness Book of World Records - and after seeing the building, i can believe him! (See the photo opposite. Its the building right on the corner. You can see the right side wall).

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    Chinatown Market and Shopping

    by meteorologist1 Updated Aug 3, 2004

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    Vancouver Chinatown

    There's quite a lot of things you can buy in Chinatown. The Chinatown market area located on the eastern part of Chinatown is really an eye opener. Besides fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats, you will also see a lot of great dried products that can be used in cooking. Also, the whole Chinatown offers great shopping opportunities, from Chinese gifts and decorations to shoes and clothing, all at great prices. Have lunch or dinner here because the prices of meals are pretty cheap. To some people, when talking about Chinatown they just think of it as being an array of Chinese restaurants. Vancouver's Chinatown is not like that. It is truly is a tourist attraction because it has a lot of interesting things to see.

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    Streets of Chinatown

    by meteorologist1 Updated Aug 3, 2004

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    Vancouver Chinatown

    Vancouver's Chinatown is worth a visit because it's somewhat different from other Chinatowns you will see elsewhere. This Chinatown is truly historic because Chinese immigrants have been flocking to this area since the 1850's. But this Chinatown was officially originated in 1885 and is now the largest in Canada. You will notice the buildings and alleys here have history associated with them. The Sam Kee Building located on 8 West Pender Street claims to be the world's narrowest building at only 6 feet in depth. The Dr.Sun Yat-Sen Garden is worth a visit for its classical Chinese garden designs. There's lots more to see here!

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    China Town

    by jamiesno Written Jun 24, 2004

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    China Town Vancouver

    Vancouver has a high asian population and probably Canada's best China Town district. I wouldn't say it is the same is going to China but it's pretty good I have to say.

    Take advantage of the many restaurant opportunities and I would have liked to attend some of the events that happen in this district. I have a web site address provided when event listings so you can try to take in this if your in the area at the right times.

    I would also take time to visit the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Gardens.

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    Eastside China...

    by ChadSteve1975 Written Apr 8, 2004

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    Welcome through the gates

    To the east side of downtown is the location of the Vancouver Chinese community. A strip of shops and grand entrance great visitors to the area.

    Be careful though where you venture as some of the streets to the side of Chnatown don't seem to be so inviting.

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    Chinatown

    by ct-bound Updated Feb 29, 2004

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    Sun-Yat-Sen gardens

    If you come to Vancouver from anywhere other than Hong Kong or China, you really must check out chinatown.

    Bordered roughly by 2 blocks east of main st, 2 blocks west of main street, Pender to the North, and Venables South, it is located right downtown Vancouver.

    Dr. Sun yat sen gardens is a must see, with part of it free to all to wander through (very small though), and worth paying the extra to see the rest if you're a fan of beautiful gardening or general feng-shui.

    There's a lot of surprising things for sale at the markets, like giant eels swimming in little tanks for dinner, or barrels of live frogs for the same purpose, plus many other things that you don't quite know if they're animal, vegetable or mineral.

    Hon's wonton house is popular for lunch, and for the very cheap of you (like me), there's actually Hon's offsale kitchen a couple doors down, where you can get a meal (try the chicken steamed buns) for less than $5 (in fact, I think you can eat for about $2.50 there).

    Be aware though that right outside of chinatown is some of the worst area of vancouver, the 'downtown eastside', however people there stay out of chinatown. You'll know if you've walked a little too far. Don't let this deter you though, I know plenty of young women or families that go to chinatown regularly.

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    Chinatown

    by dragontml Updated Dec 21, 2003

    Chinatown at the open-air night market. Strollers will find the area pedestrian-friendly as several blocks are closed to traffic, transforming the streetscape into a psychedelic neon-lit scene. With vendors selling everything from dried seafood to exotic fruits and vegetables to life-sized stuffed animals, the Chinatown Night Market is a must-see.

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    Chinatown

    by Kyee Updated Oct 9, 2003

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    Explore the cultural richness of Historic Chinatown at the open-air night market. Strollers will find the area pedestrian-friendly as several blocks are closed to traffic, transforming the streetscape into a psychedelic neon-lit scene. With vendors selling everything from dried seafood to exotic fruits and vegetables to life-sized stuffed animals, the Chinatown Night Market is a must-see.

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