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Address: 578 Carrall St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5K2, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 604-418-8560
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
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A bustling community started by Chinese immigrant laborers in the 1880s,...

A bustling community started by Chinese immigrant laborers in the 1880s, Chinatown today is vibrant and full of exotic sights, sounds and smells.

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A Wok Around Chinatown: Culinary and Cultural Walking Tour

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Compared to other Chinatowns in San Franciso, London etc. the Vancouver Chinatown is a place of desolation, boarded up shops, those that were open did not look really welcoming... read more

2 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Compared to other Chinatowns in San Franciso, London etc. the Vancouver Chinatown is a place of desolation, boarded up shops, those that were open did not look really welcoming, rubbish and gulls everywhere, it just had no soul. We could not even identify where it started and it had absolutely no flair. We were approached by quite a few beggars... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is sad that this historic area is so run down and desolate. You can literally tell where the city's modern development ends and Chinatown starts from the architecture - it is that stark. Several streets of shops and restaurants but you can barely tell the difference between the few which are still trading and those that have been closed... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Forty years ago when I first moved to Vancouver this Chinatown was the happening place for new immigrants. The longing for Chinese food drew us there. The shopkeepers, mostly from Toisan in Guangdong province, were busy and proud of their businesses. However they looked down on us new immigrants mainly because we didn't contribute to their cultural investment. You see,... More 

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Quite a lot of Chinese restaurants.. Good for your dim sum brunch or afternoon breaks. Gets busy on the wekend

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Vancouver, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

We wanted to take a stroll through Chinatown and went through the main gates. It reminded me of some of the great sites we did experience & travels in China. However it was sad to see the homeless people walking on the streets, while on drugs! Suggest to anyone do not go out on your own, especially in the evening... More 

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

We were looking forward to seeing the second largest Chinatown in North America. Unfortunately it did not meet our expectations. I can only assume previous good reviewers visited the area as part of a formal tour or some years ago. We visited on a November weekend on our way to the Dr Sun Yat-Sen garden (which incidentally was well worth... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Many cities have a China Town for tourists which can be a collection of fake plaster temple dogs and plastic Buddahs next to a takeout festooned with with red paper lantens. Chinatown Vancouver is the real deal. Entire streets are filled with Chinese grocery shops and steaming restaurants selling all manner of Asian delicacies. Not a European in sight. I... More 

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St. Catharines, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

Due to the fact that I walk everywhere when I travel, walking to, and through, China Town in Vancouver was a worth-while experience. The major points of interest…the Chinese Gate, the neon sign in the Plaza, the community centre, the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden, and the Monument of Canadian Chinese…were all worth visiting. The Chinese stores were... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Take the local bus (excellent transportation in Vancouver) and get off near the Gates to China Town. (Pender I think) Walk among the locals, visit the street markets with a plethora of interesting and unusual edibles and choose a lunch spot. Also walk through Sun Yat Garden - beautiful and contemplative and must be beautiful during flowering season. I wish... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Chinatown in Vancouver is basically a slum neighborhood - depressing with lots of homeless/derelicts. But it has a large number of Chinese businesses - including restaurants, which seem to be popular. We were disappointed.

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With the recent exodus of massive new building projects hitting the neighbourhood, Chinatown; which has always been one of the city's most vibrant areas; is even more buzzing and buoyant than ever before. Playing host to some of the city's best pan-Asian cuisine, from fusion food to traditional home-cooking, Chinatown has remained faithful to its roots as a space which clambers with shop signs and welcomes diners to the table. More that that, it has a hip experimental vibe to it, with trendy pop-ups and catchall market shops. The biggest of Canada's Chinatowns, it is also home to an expansive Chinese garden whose manicured grounds inspire and delight, its ponds and pagodas drawing walkers in for an stroll. Take in the red streetlights, the playful awnings, and the upbeat air that suffuse this area.
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