Vancouver has a large Asian population, a consequence of its location on the Pacific rim and Canada's association with the Commonwealth and its possessions. Vancouver's Chinatown is the 3rd largest in America (after San Francisco's and NYC's). Along with the usual and unusual food and produce you can find here, there are a few attractions along the so-called Silk Road Route. Some interesting stops are the Dr Sun Yat Sen Chinese Classical Garden, the Millennium Gate, and the 6-foot-wide Sam Kee Bldg, the self-billed Thinnest Building in the World.
Chinatown has all that plus the buzz of modern-day Cantonese commerce. One small travel advisory, however: This neighborhood borders on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside--otherwise known as skid road--an area of taverns and cheap rooming hotels that is troubled by alcoholism and drug use.
While there is very little actual danger for outsiders, there is a good chance of stumbling across a scary-looking down-and-outer here and there, particularly around Pigeon Park at the corner of Carrall and Hastings streets. The tour route has been designed to avoid these areas.
North America's second largest Chinese community is located between Carrall Street and Gore Avenue and offers the shopping for jade, ivory, bamboo, rattan, brassware, silk, as well as fresh fruits, vegetables and ginseng. When in Chinatown be sure to visit Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens, at 578 Carrall Street, the first authentic classical Chinese garden built outside of China, a 5-million dollar Ming Dynasty replica.
This is the second-largest Chinatown in North America, next to San Fransisco's. The community is encompassed by Pender and Keefer Streets, and Carrol and Gore Streets. The first Chinese immigrants settled in the province during the Fraser Gold Rush in the 1850s. Today the past is alive in Chinatown. It remains an exotic place of wonder to outsiders and millions of people tour Chinatown every year. Chinatown is a haven for treasures and fabulous food. Its architecture is distinctive to China. The Sam Kee Building at 8 West Pender is the narrowest commercial building in the world and the Chinese Cultural Centre, an integral part of the Chinese community, is located at 50 East Pender. These are just a couple of points of interest in Chinatown.
The Chinese Cultural Centre of Vancouver was founded in 1973.
It located at 50 E. Pender Street on the south east corner of Pender and Carrall. When you see the great big China Gate, you'll know you have arrived! Just come in and visit their main office to talk with the friendly and courteous staff, and they'll gladly assist you about your need in China Town.
Don't forget to ask about the Chinatown and Museum Tours!
It's a pretty big Chinatown with lots of markets that sell some different foods. The markets all seem to have the same tubs of dried seafood for sale in front. I don't see how all of them stay in business. I did find those milk candies where you eat the wrapper...those are great! Although, you can probably buy them in any Chinatown you visit.
Vancouver has the second largest Chinatown in North America after San Francisco. Here you will find restaurants, shops and markets.
Vanocouver's Chinatown is one of the largest in North America. It's a popular tourst attraction full of restaurants and shops.
It's like entering a foreign country within a foreign country. You leave your world of the familiar behind. Don't shy away from trying something new.
Chinatown took about 30 minutes of the entire trip to see, there was a festival spanning two streets and that was about it... Food was good and if your into Chinese herbs this is the place to go!
You have to go to Chinatown. It's the 2nd largest in North America, second to San Fran. You feel like you are actually in Asia, and for a period of time you forget that you are in Canada.