Chinatown, Vancouver

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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 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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    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 GentleSpirit Updated Apr 22, 2013

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    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.

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    Sam Kee Building

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Aug 18, 2013

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    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.

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    Chinatown

    by katpanou Written Oct 1, 2004

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    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!

    Chinese science fiction movies as well!

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    Canada's Largest Chinatown

    by briantravelman Updated Jul 11, 2014

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    Between 1890 and 1920, thousands of Chinese immigrants settled in what would become, Canada's largest Chinatown.
    The arrival of Chinese immigrants to Vancouver, helped put the city on a global map, as a popular destination for contemporary Asian investment, and immigration.
    the area struggled greatly, during the Great Depression, and after a few decades, went into decline, as newer members of Vancouver's Chinese community, began dispersing to other parts of the city, mainly Richmond. Chinatown is now home to several other nationalities, and is more of a tourist attraction, than an authentic Chinatown.
    At one point, Chinatown, along with Gastown and Strathcona, was almost completely leveled, to built a freeway, but a group of citizens who recognized its historical significance, ran a campaign to save it, and in 1971, it was added to the city's historic registry, and is now a protected heritage site.

    I was a bit disappointed with this Chinatown. The buildings and atmosphere was nowhere as spectacular as in San Francisco's Chinatown. The San Francisco Chinatown was much more beautiful, and there were people on the street playing traditional music, and you could actually hear people speaking Chinese. It's also much larger than Vancouver's Chinatown. The only thing I liked better about the Vancouver one, is that it has a traditional market, San Francisco's does not. Honestly, the only parts of this Chinatown that are worth visiting, are the market, and Sun Yat-Sen Gardens. The rest is basically one giant tourist trap. It just didn't feel authentic enough.

    Gates Of Chinatown Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Gardens Colorful Buildings Street In Chinatown Traditional Market
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    Stroll around Chinatown

    by gubbi1 Written May 6, 2008

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    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!

    Yummy in Chinatown, Vancouver, CA
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    Chinatown

    by Dabs Updated Aug 29, 2006

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    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.

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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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    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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  • Great Neighborhood, Must Visit

    by woodydag Written Nov 20, 2006

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    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/).

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    Experience a little China in Vancouver

    by zpete Written May 3, 2006

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    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.

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    Visiting China Town

    by EGitan Written Jun 30, 2005

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    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 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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