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A Wok Around Chinatown: Culinary and Cultural Walking Tour Led by a Chef
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A Wok Around Chinatown: Culinary and Cultural Walking Tour Led by a Chef

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Let an off-duty chef navigate for you on this food and walking tour of Vancouver’s Chinatown. After a leisurely stroll through the iconic Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden, head into the heart of Chinatown to sample a variety of traditional foods and enjoy a dim sum lunch. The tour allows you to avoid the hassle of making reservations and scouting out the area’s best eateries on your own.
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Ages 10-80, max of 14 per group
Duration: 4h
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Chinatown can be overwhelming: Let an off-duty chef navigate for you
  • Learn about Vancouver’s Chinese culture in the world’s top urban garden
  • Food tastings, tea samples, and dim sum lunch included
  • Small group size of 10 people or fewer ensures a memorable experience

  • Walking tour that includes food samplings, tea, and dim sum lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
What's not included
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Start the morning at the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden. As you stroll through the gardens, your guide provides an overview of Chinese culture in Vancouver and points out landmarks you may not have recognized had you come on your own. The sheer number of restaurants in Chinatown can be overwhelming, so let your guide choose for you. Visit hidden gems and establishments loved by locals where you sample a variety of traditional foods and treats. Cap the tour with a sit-down meal of piping hot dim sum. A small group size of 10 people or fewer ensures a personal experience and the full attention of your guide. The tour ends with plenty of time left in the day to explore on your own.

Start:
  • Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 578 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K2, Canada
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 14283P1

    • The Tour requires a minimum of 2 persons per booking. If less than the minimum, the Tour will be cancelled
    • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travellers can participate
    • Please indicate if there are any food allergies / considerations
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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      Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
      578 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K2, Canada
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      The Chinatown Tour starts at the beautiful Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden.( Rated as one of the top urban Garden in the world) From there, the Tour becomes a walking adventure through the colourful Vancouver Chinatown District sampling various foods and having a delicious Dim Sum lunch
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    • You'll return to the starting point
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    • A Wok Around Chinatown
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      Canada
      Joined in January 2015
    • W8037JOdianem
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Just book it!
      If you are debating about this, just go ahead and book it. You won’t regret it. Bob is personable, knowledgeable and a great host. Our tastings included small samples as well as some full size items. You will not leave hungry. Our family of 4 adults loved it.
      Written May 14, 2024
    • FranklinFlyer
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Best tour in Vancouver, British Columbia
      I cannot say enough good things about this tour. Four stars rating. Bob, our tour guide was so knowledgeable (growing up in that area)...explaining the culture, the history of Chinatown. We toured Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, ate Chinese bar-b-que and apple dumplings, visited two museums, had a dim sum lunch, visited an open air grocery, and had a traditional tea celebration, with 15 year old tea leaves at The Chinese Tea Shop.
      Written May 14, 2024
    • Charlotte W
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great foodie tour
      Bob did a great job telling us the history of the island. This was my favorite food tour of the Vancouver area - Chai Tea, charcuterie board, soup, macarons - wonderful!!
      Written May 8, 2024
    • KiniGirl1
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great tour of the market--don't miss!
      Bob did an excellent job of describing the history of the island and guiding us through the market. We went on Bob's Wok Around Chinatown tour when we visited last year, and knew we didn't want to miss this tour. We had many samples and left the market quite full. At the end of the tour, Bob gave us an option to try a flight of artisan sake for an additional price. We are so glad we did the sake tasting at Artisan Sake Maker. Bob, we'll see you again on our next trip to Vancouver!
      Written May 6, 2024
    • LovetoScuba
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Experience
      We had a great experience touring Granville Island Market with Thomas. There was more food than we could eat - plenty to snack on the rest of the day. Thomas was extremely knowledgeable and a pleasure to spend time with - thank you!
      Written May 1, 2024
    • Wizardmate
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fun and Informative
      Wonderful experience, extremely informative but also fun. Started at the beautiful Dr Sun Yat-Sen Gardens and finished with a delicious dim sum meal.
      Written April 13, 2024
    • WinfieldRDH
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great experience despite the rain
      It was a cold and rainy day but Vancouver was still beautiful- Bob was very attentive and asked lots of questions about me also so he could make recommendations. Very knowledgeable about the Granville Market and Vancouver itself. Highly recommend- had a great time
      Written March 13, 2024
    • EMPc
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      History and culture in Vancouvers Chinatown
      A very interesting dive into the cultural and historical aspects, and foods of Chinatown, Vancouver, lead by a very personable guide. It was very enjoyable to visit the museums and discuss the family stories with a descendent of an original immigrant. Food and tea tastings were woven into the heritage theme, helping to create a better understanding of the Chinese history in Canada.
      Written March 3, 2024
    • carynm536
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Grandville Island Market walking food tour
      Bob was a lovely host who is very knowledgeable on all things cuisine. Would highly recommend this walking tour of the market area
      Written February 9, 2024
    • 395paulj
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great food tasting at the Granville Market
      This was a great introduction to the Granville Market area. Rob was very knowledgeable about the history and the food customs and led us through sampling a wide range of foods. In fact there was so much we took a doggy bag home with us! Really enjoyed this insight into local Vancouver culture - and their sweet tooth! We would highly recommend it.
      Written February 2, 2024
    • TeamTangerines
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Granville Island Public Market guided food tour
      We had a lovely time with our guide, Bob! He was very informative; he talked to us about the history of Granville, the best foods in the market and knew the best picture spots! He even sent us a list of suggestions for places to eat in and around the city. We had a great time and felt really taken care of even though we were barely moving at the end, we were so full!
      Written January 11, 2024
    • blairh303
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Beyond our expectations!
      We had a fantastic day with Bob! Such a great combination of important history, culture and food. We highly recommend this experience to anyone. Bring big appetites!
      Written December 31, 2023
    • 242edenw
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A must do in Vancouver
      This tour exceeded all of our expectations! Bob was an incredible guide. We toured with our 15 and 17 year old, and they LOVED it too! Our whole family fully recommends this tour! Each one of us had a different favorite moment, from the tea service to the holistic medicine shop... everything was amazing! Thank you, Bob!
      Written December 26, 2023
    • yuis992
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great tour!
      While being guided by Bob, I had a truly fulfilling time exploring various foods at the market, learning about Canadian food culture and history. I sampled a variety of foods such as jams, soups, sweets, and cheeses, and I am very satisfied with the experience.
      Written November 12, 2023
    • 309dennam
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fun and informative tour!!
      My husband and I were visiting Vancouver and he had booked the Granville Island Food Tour on Friday, November 3rd. Our guide was Manuela and she did an awesome job with the history of the island as well as the history of the food distributors! The samples were good and we received discounts at some of the food booths! Fun experience!
      Written November 6, 2023
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    Sharon B
    vancouver9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2021 • Family
    Bob was such a nice man. Warm and so welcoming from the get go and put us right at ease. His knowledge of Chinatown and the history that dates back was so interesting. He knew Chinese families personally from years ago and their stories …. We would stop at various building and he’d tell us all about the people who used to live there and their affect on the city. People actually stopped him on the street today asking when his next tour was! He happily handed them his card and carried on with us. My mom, as always, had tons of questions and he answered every one!! :-). The time flew by and it was time we’ll spent. So much cultural and history knowledge and the food! We need to go back for one of those apple tarts!!
    Written October 9, 2021
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    Hi Sharon My pleasure to show you & your Mom around Chinatown.I'm proud of my heritage & culture, so it's important for me to share, educate & entertain from a Culinary & Cultural perspective. Again...please email me if you have cultural & culinary questions. I will be your "Go to" person.....With regards
    Written October 10, 2021
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    C L H
    North Vancouver, Canada1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2021
    I highly recommend Robert Sung’s Wok Around Chinatown, a culinary/cultural tour of Vancouver’s Chinatown. I was fortunate to be given this tour by a friend as an “experience” birthday gift and took advantage of the gift with this friend yesterday. It was a memorable, educational and fun experience with Bob (Robert) in charge (in spite of the November rain). Even though I have always lived in Vancouver and a visit to Chinatown was a common event for me, a guided tour with Bob has expanded my memory bank in the most delightful way! A visitor from Florida happened to be was with us yesterday and she let us know how impressed she was with the experience as well - adding to our pleasure. We went home smiling.
    Written November 19, 2021
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    Hello C1433: Thank you for your review. Appreciate your comments and it's always great to interact! Every tour is a fun tour. Every guest comes from a different circumstances, so the dialogue between each other is lively & topical. Am enjoying getting to showcase my "hood"!!! Please contact me if you need information of Chinese Culinary & Culture Regards Bob
    Written November 20, 2021
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    Chris C
    Parksville, Canada3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2022
    Bob's passion for all things Chinatown was infectious as he led ten of us on a delightful tour. It was jam-packed -- tea masters and fishmongers, the famous classical garden, intriguing fruit and vegetables, a dim sum feast, historical and architectural insights, and timely samplings of baking and BBQ pork. We discovered much about Chinese culture and ate too well. Would highly recommend the tour to visitors and British Columbians alike.
    Written June 19, 2022
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    loveitallx6
    Duluth, MN18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2022
    First of all, thank you Bob for being just a great human being. You took the time to make a connection with every person on our tour and by the time we shared our meal of dim sum I felt we were among friends. You have great awareness of your surroundings and the people you are leading which makes you an incredible guide! We could have visited Chinatown on our own dozens of times and not experienced it with such depth and delight.

    If you are serious about experiencing Vancouver while having a whole lot of fun, A Wok Around Chinatown is essential.
    Written August 16, 2022
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    Thank you for your kind words I truly love what I do Bob
    Written August 17, 2022
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    Chefette
    Boston218 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2023 • Family
    If you enjoy learning about the history of the Chinese immigration to Canada and enjoy delicious Dim Sum this is the tour for you. Our guide Bob took us to a few markets selling fish, meat and produce as well as a beautiful garden seeped in history. The medicinal store was filled with unusual items for sale. We sampled roast pork and delicious pastry at small shops along the way. We stayed a short time in a museum where we learned about the history of the wave of immigrants to BC. Final stop was a very enjoyable lunch where he chose assorted dim sum that our group enjoyed. Highly recommend the tour.
    Written August 13, 2023
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    Thank you for your kind review!! Glad to know you enjoyed the Tour . Please stay in touch Regards Bob
    Written August 15, 2023
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    Dave H
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2022
    This was one of Bob's first tours after the pandemic. Bob was on top of his game and very excited to show us his town. He did a fantastic job of conveying the meaning of the various aspects of the Sun Yet Sen gardens. Great dim sum for lunch. I even tried the chicken feet. Great explanations of the history of the Asian communities in the BC area.
    Written May 15, 2022
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    Renee R
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This tour left me with a deep appreciation of the contributions Chinese immigrants have made to North America. Their determination, hard work, their cuisine and their art could all be witnessed on this tour. Bob, our guide, delivers a fair and balanced view of the challenges Chinatown faces and passionately shares its culinary and artistic gifts. Don’t hesitate to do this tour!!
    Written August 10, 2022
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    thyme4us
    Ontario, Canada30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2020
    My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed out tour through Chinatown with Bob. It exceeded our expectations. It was so much more than just a foodie tour. We learned about history, culture, and culinary. Bob was very engaging. We quickly felt like we were out for a stroll with a friend. We tasted lots of delicious foods during our walk and stopped for dim sum at a local restaurant. Bob took into consideration any allergies when ordering lunch. Everything was yummy. We enjoyed exploring the different shops along with Bob's explanations of the different fruits, vegetables and medicinal ingredients.
    The tour finished with at a tea shop where we learned the proper Chinese way to prepare and drink tea - very fascinating. The tea shop owner was a wealth of knowledge.
    We would highly recommend this tour!
    Written October 6, 2020
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    Jack G
    Chandler, AZ22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2023 • Couples
    Bob was perhaps the best tour host we have ever had.

    He started with very interesting perspective of the Chinese culture and then used that information to help us to fully appreciate the garden where we started the tour. This was not the kind of droning on that some people do - Bob was engaging, energetic and his interpretation of what we were seeeing, and why it was that way only made the tour that much enjoyable.

    Again Bob did a great job of leading our group of 13 throughout Chinatown and feeding us well. He successfully kept those few wanting to dominate the tour with their questions in check in a very successful manner. He was sure to invite all to ensure that we all had more than we could eat.

    Bobs pride in being a Canadian of Chinese descent was apparent and it only made the tour more enjoyable.

    I recommend without any reservations.
    Written July 26, 2023
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    Thank you for letting me show you around Chinatown and for letting me showscase my heritage & culture!! Regards Bob
    Written August 1, 2023
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    Rhiannon R
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2023 • Family
    From the text the day before providing clear instructions, to the final destination for lunch, Bob has thought of everything to make this a rich, enjoyable experience. My 20 year old son and I loved every minute. Bob was knowledgeable, entertaining and simply a lovely individual that had us hanging on his every word. The well planned stops at various locations while sharing his vast knowledge meant the four hours flew by. We talked, laughed, ate and explored China town, learning so much about the past. As someone who has pain issues, I was a bit worried but it was the perfect pace of walking, resting and fun throughout. And I think it's clear that Bob is like the King of Kensington (for those of you not too young to know that reference). I would highly recommend this cultural and culinary exploration to all adults. I'm so glad we did it.
    Written November 10, 2023
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    Dear R & R: Thank you for your favourable review. Glad to know you had a good time.!. Each tour is a new tour, filled with new insights & perspective. Your tour was no exception. It's I wanting to thank you for your storytelling. Regards from Bob
    Written November 14, 2023
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