Chinatown, Vancouver

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Keefer Street, Vancouver 6044188560
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    Chinatown Market and Shopping

    by meteorologist1 Updated Aug 3, 2004

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    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'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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    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.

    Please rate my tips and leave your comments, I enjoy them very much!

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    Eastside China...

    by ChadSteve1975 Written Apr 8, 2004

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    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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    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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    Chinatown Night Market

    by mht_in_la Updated Jun 22, 2003

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    Vancouver's Chinatown is said to be the 2nd biggest in north America. That's almost irrelevant since the new Asian communities are no longer measured by Chinatown (e.g. Richmond). Still, visiting Chinatown is my hobby. Every time I come to a new city, I must see their Chinatown if there's one. Over the years I've seen more than 2 dozen Chinatowns in north America and Europe.

    Being an immigrant myself, I'm intrigued by how people in Chinatown make a living, the style of their life, and the dialects they speak. They provide a snapshot of their homeland when they left, while their homeland continued to change after them.

    Coming from southern California, I didn't expect to get any surprise. But I did, by the Chinatown Night Market. It's the largest block-party style night market I had seen in north America. It's located on the 200 block of Keefer, between Main and Gore. Hundreds of street vendors set up stalls to sell colorful goods from jewery to CD to exotic food. Also, entertainment is provided on weekend. It's a fun place to watch people (and listen to), and to associate vendors with their merchandise.

    Besides that, Vancouver's Chinatown is no different from others -- Cantonese speaking, centrally located, rows and rows of restaurants, and a big arch for photographers' convenience. I guess what touched me is the sense of community I felt here. In southern California, we are so spread-out and everybody minds their own business. We enjoy a good life in America but at the meantime lose our identity.

    If you visit or live in Vancouver, check out the colorful Chinatown Night Market. It's open on weekend (Fri, Sat, Sun) from 6:30pm till 11:00pm.

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    Chinatown

    by dinhyen Written Sep 17, 2002

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    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.

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    Chinatown

    by yeah_baby Updated Sep 14, 2002

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    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.

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    Chinatown in Vancouver

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

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    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.

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    Chinese Cultural Centre

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

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    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!

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    Chinatown

    by btex Written Aug 30, 2002

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    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.

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    Chinatown - the details.

    by IreneMcKay Written Apr 11, 2015

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    Certain things attracted my attention as I wandered around Chinatown. One was the lovely dragon lampposts. Another was the old photos on display here and there. I also liked the stone lions.

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    Chinatown Shopping

    by IreneMcKay Written Apr 11, 2015

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    Chinatown has the usual traditional Chinese stores selling herbs, medicines, dried fish, fruit, vegetables etc. There were also cheap souvenir shops here.

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