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A Wok Around Chinatown: Culinary and Cultural Walking Tour
"Vancouver's bustling Chinatown is a treasure within the city! Get to know this colorful district with a 3.5-hour culinary and cultural walking tour. Your adventure begins at Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden. Rated by National Geographic as the wo this beautiful location showcases the traditional Taoist Confucian and Buddhist values of Chinese culture and sets the tone for the rest of this walking journey. From the garden you'll get a viewing and narration of historic locations and of the local Chinese culture. Meander through a variety of specialty shops and vendors featuring products such as barbecued crispy duck. Along the way learn about Chinese cuisine and explore diverse food cookware and herbal medicine shops. You'll also have the opportunity to sample sweet and savory foods and the pouring of fragrant teas. To top it off
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Vancouver Private Walking Tour of Downtown Chinatown and Gastown
"Mobsters! Opium! Booze! Delve into Vancouver's dirtiest secrets with your private group on this scandal fueled walking tour.In 1917 Prohibition hit Vancouver harder than a slug of bathtub gin knocking the city to its knees. Saloon doors swung closed for good forcing law-abiding citizens into an underground world of bootlegged spirits and illicit activity. Mob bosses set up scores of illegal drinking dens and dirty cops were paid to look the other way. Vancouver’s longest-running mayor L.D. Taylor emerged from the chaos soon notorious for his shadowy past raucous parties and underworld ties. When the U.S. followed suit with their own prohibition three years later
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Best of Vancouver Private Evening City Tour
"This 3-hour small-group private tour includes the service of a professional local guide and vehicle and is available for groups as small as two or as large as needed. Small groups will travel in Luxury SUVs or Cadillac touring limos with all seats facing forward and easy in and out.Your talented local guides will show you the best that Vancouver has to offer. The tour starts with 6pm pickup at your hotel. Afterwards you'll visit famous attractions such as Stanley Park and the Lions Gate Bridge. Then stop at Chinatown the second largest on the west coast of North America and one of Vancouver's oldest neighborhoods before heading to Gastown
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A reflection of itself

We stopped here because we had half an hour to spare. It was colourful, as are all Chinatowns I guess, and initially we were fascinated at the wares on show, especially the dried seafood and some of the fungi.
However, after a few stores you can't help but notice that they're all selling the same stuff. Same food, different proprietor, and on it went all the way around the block.
There are some interesting graffiti here and there but, unless you're there to buy something, it shouldn't detain you longer than an hour.

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iandsmith
Jun 25, 2016

Chinatown

Chinese immigrants settled in what was known as Shanghai Alley and Canton Alley at the turn of the century. By 1890, Shanghai Alley was home to more than 1,000 Chinese residents. Much of the community's activities and entertainment evolved around a 500 seat Chinese theater built in 1898.

The 'China Gate' on Pender Street was donated to the City of Vancouver by the Government of the People's Republic of China following the Expo 86 world's fair, where it was on display. After being displayed for almost 20 years at its current location, the Gate was re-built.

The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden was built in 1985-1986. Funding for the project came from the Chinese and Canadian governments, the local Chinese community, and other public and private sector sources, and it opened in time for Expo 86. Because the climate in Vancouver is similar to that of Suzhou, many of the same plant varieties are found in this impressive garden as in its Suzhou counterparts. The plants were chosen according to their blossom schedules in order to emphasize seasonal changes, especially the “awakening” in spring. They are also selected to invoke the symbolic, historical, and literary meaning of each plant and are used sparingly, in contrast to western gardens, and provide color through all the seasons.

The garden is named in honor of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, the nationalist leader who is considered the “father of modern China.” While traveling the world to raise awareness of, and funding for, the Chinese nationalist movement, Sun Yat-Sen stayed in Vancouver three times. Sun Yat Sen was the first president of the Republic of China.

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apbeaches
Feb 07, 2016

A reflection of itself

We stopped here because we had half an hour to spare. It was colourful, as are all Chinatowns I guess, and initially we were fascinated at the wares on show, especially the dried seafood and some of the fungi.
However, after a few stores you can't help but notice that they're all selling the same stuff. Same food, different proprietor, and on it went all the way around the block.
There are some interesting graffiti here and there but, unless you're there to buy something, it shouldn't detain you longer than an hour.

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iandsmith
Nov 14, 2015

Chinatown -Monument to Canadian Chinese

Just outside the side entrance of Sun Yat Sen Park on Keefer and Columbia Streets is the monument to Canadian Chinese.

This monument is dedicated to the achievements of the Canadian Chinese. There are two figures on the monument. One is a Chinese railway builder. Hundreds of Chinese died building the Canadian Pacific Railway. The other is a soldier. This celebrates the bravery of the Chinese who fought in the Second World War.

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IreneMcKay
Apr 11, 2015
 
 
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Chinatown - Dr Sun Yat Sen Park and Gardens

Sun Yat Sen is the founding father of modern China. He helped overthrow the Qing Dynasty. He visited Vancouver to raise funds for revolution among the population of Vancouver's Chinatown.

On Carrall Street you can find a statue of Dr Sun Yat Sen in front of the park and gardens named after him. The gardens have an admission fee; the park is free entry. We only visited the park. It was beautiful with its pagodas, bridges, ponds and flowers. I liked the turtles and huge fish that frequented the pond, too.

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IreneMcKay
Apr 11, 2015

Chinatown

Despite, or maybe even because of, the fact I live in Hong Kong I really like to visit Chinatowns in cities that have them. Vancouver's Chinatown was one of the best I have seen. It is the third biggest Chinatown in North America after San Francisco and New York. It is the biggest Chinatown in Canada.

Chinatown grew up in the late 1800s to house the Chinese who came to Canada for work. Most of them were involved in building the Canada Pacific Railway, but some worked as miners. Nowadays many Chinese have left this area. Many now live in Richmond or other areas of the city.

Historically Chinatown was sometimes the scene of violent prejudice. On 7th September 1907, members of the Asiatic Exclusion League marched into Chinatown and attacked many Chinese people. They also wrecked stores and smashed windows. It took several days to restore order.

We got to Chinatown by taking the Expo Line to Stadium/Chinatown Station.

We entered into Chinatown through its lovely Millenium Gate protected by its two stone lions. We had a look at the world's narrowest building - the Sam Kee Building near the gate. This building is just six feet wide. It was not at its best as the lower floor was being renovated.

Shanghai Street next to this building leads to the West Han Dynasty Bell. This bell was a gift from the people of Guangzhou to Vancouver's Chinatown. All around the bell were old photos of Chinatown and its residents.

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IreneMcKay
Apr 11, 2015

Canada's Largest Chinatown

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.

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briantravelman
Jul 11, 2014

The Monument Of Canadian Chinese

This beautiful monument, is located in front of the Chinese Cultural Center. It is shaped like the Chinese character, "zhong", which symbolizes Chinese moderation and harmony.
The two bronze statues next to the character, are a Chinese railroad worker, and a Canadian Chinese, WWIII soldier.

Even if you don't understand the history, or purpose of the monument, it’s worth stopping at it, just to take a picture. It's one of the must beautiful monuments of its kind, I've ever seen.

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Jul 11, 2014

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Chinatown Vancouver

Vancouver's Chinatown is the largest Chinatown in Canada, and one of the most historic in North America.
Located in the centre of the city, it is surrounded by Gastown and the downtown. Its a popular tourist attraction and well worth a visit. You could spend 2 hours strolling through it, possibly more if you stopped somewhere for food.

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Arial_27
Mar 16, 2014

Sam Kee Building

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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Jim_Eliason
Aug 18, 2013

Chinatown

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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GentleSpirit
Apr 22, 2013

Take a stroll through Chinatown

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.

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Jan 24, 2013

Things to Do Near Chinatown

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Dr Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Gardens

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The Rocky Mountaineer Train

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Vancouver Lookout (Harbour Centre)

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Keefer Street, Vancouver

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