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.
The largest Chinatown in Canada. It should be no great surprise given Vancouver's location as an entry point from Asia to Canada. There has been a large Chinese community in Vancouver for generations, but apparently the newer members of the community have moved out to the suburbs. Walking around in Chinatown you'll see the herb shops, lots of reasonable restaurants and the usual hustle and bustle you expect to find in Chinatown.
I have to say that Chinese food in Vancouver was excellent!! Spicier than I have tasted in most places and delightfully mixed with Singapore Chinese cooking as well as incorporating elements from other Asian countries.
Listed in the Guinness book of world records as the narrowest building. It came about when the city took a majority of the land to widen Pender Street but the owner refused to give up his dreams and built here anyway.
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!
When being in Vancouver you should definitely spend some hours in Chinatown. You can buy some chewy food (see the photo) or just walk around and soak in the atmosphere of this little China in Canada. Have a look at the roadsigns and the advertisements. You will notice that often it is bilingual or only in Chinese. And have a look at the architecture!
Chinatown is located between Carral Street and Gore Avenue in downtown Vancouver. It is North America's second largest Chinese community after San Francisco's. The first Chinese arrived in 1858, during the gold rush, more came later to build the Canadian Pacific Railwayl. Fresh fruits, vegetalbes, jade, ivaory, banboo, rattan, brassware, silk, brocade and ginseng are among the thing you can find here at all the different stores. This is definitely a great place to visit if you are interested in Chinese culture. It's just interesting to wander the streets and see all the vendors, stores and such. There are several events throughout the year such as Chinese New Year, street festivals, night markets and more.
Within Chinatown you can also find the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Gardens. This garden is the first authentic classical Chinese garden built outside China. There is a $5 million Ming Dynasty replica, built by artisans from Suzhou, a Chinese city famous for its gardens. Every pebble has been placed with painstaking awareness of harmony.
Robert (rmdw) has been teasing me about Chicago's Chinatown, or China Block as he affectionately refers to it, and said that Vancouver had a REAL Chinatown so I insisted that we go visit it. We didn't have a chance to eat in Chinatown but we did stroll through on our walking tour on Saturday stopping first at T&T Market, then heading over to the lovely Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and then for a stroll up Chinatown's main drag.
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.
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.
Vancouver’s Chinatown is a great place to find a touch of Asia in the new world. Filled with historic buildings that highlight the plight of Chinese in Vancouver, Chinatown is a great place to explore, especially on summer nights when merchants take part in Chinatown’s Night Market, an outdoor festival with music and dancing. Download a free Geogad Mobile Tour of Vancouver’s Chinatown to easily guide you around this complicated neighborhood (http://www.geogad.com/Geogad/VCCGtour.jsp). It is truly a piece of China in Canada. If you need directions of help finding your way around, be sure to stop by the Chinese Cultural Centre for a free map of Chinatown and advice from the friendly locals (http://www.cccvan.com/).
I have been to quite a few Chinatowns in the major cities in the US. The difference I found was that Vancouver not only has a Chinatown but a very large Asian population which is very evident when you walk downtown anywhere. I had a nice lunch there, walked the streets and visited Dr.Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens.
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.
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.
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!
We cruised over to Chinatown to take a look at some of the architecture. Vancouver's Chinatown is second in size to only the famous San Francisco Chinatown. The Chinatown Millenium Gate is on Pender Street. The gate was built in 2002 as a way to market the neighborhood.