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Chinatown Vancouver

Chinatown Vancouver
#About Vancouver's Chinatown

Chinatown, located east of Gastown, is a colorful district with bustling streets with markets, Chinese restaurants and souvenir shops, gifts, Chinese art and Chinese food.

The atmosphere in Vancouver's Chinatown is very pleasant. Already from the Millennium Gate, the impressive entrance gate to the Quarter, you feel the special character of Chinatown, the connection and complementarity between East and West and the past and the future.

Inside you are immediately impressed by how clean and quiet the city's Chinatown is. This is interesting, especially since Vancouver's Chinatown is considered the second largest Chinatown in North America, after that of San Francisco.

Many of the interesting buildings in the district are on Pender Street. All street signs are written in Chinese and the houses are also built in typical Asian style. A visit to the place is a special cultural experience, while also on the side of the food, the immediate gastronomic change here is immediately felt.

#What is Here?

Chinatown is considered the most popular among tourists arriving in Vancouver for a trip. It is in an area between the streets of Main, Fender and Carrall.

Among the interesting sites in Vancouver's Chinatown are:

The Millennium Gate - the large entrance gate and impressive to the quarter, which represents the connection between the past and the future and from the west to the east.

Pender Street - the main street of the Quarter, passing through its center. Here is the Chinese Cultural Center, or the CCC.

Dr. Sun Yat-sen Garden's beautiful Chinese garden, with pools, pagodas and rocks, designed by dozens of Chinese artists.

The narrowest office building in the world - at 8 West Pender Street.

Chinese Cultural Museum - located on Columbia Street in the Chinese Quarter.

Richmond neighborhood - a neighborhood with 60% of its population of Chinese origin. The atmosphere is more modern than Chinatown and less traditional. Large shopping centers contribute to the Asian atmosphere.

#History of Chinatown

Vancouver is considered the "most Asian city" in North America. Already in the 19th century, immigrants arrived in Vancouver, building up the quarter and the the ancient theater in Shanghai Lane. They began to live in the city and gradually found themselves clustered together in one neighborhood, their own Chinatown, a Chinese neighborhood with a relatively traditional atmosphere within downtown Vancouver.

This is how a neighborhood like a miniature China began to emerge, a bustling, and vibrant China with booths and specialty food shops, but with excellent city-sponsored maintenance and no filth and mess that characterize similar neighborhoods around the world.

At the beginning of the 21st century, with the transfer of control over Hong Kong to China, many Chinese emigrated to Vancouver. The wave of immigration from Hong Kong to Vancouver were so great that it was nicknamed "Hong-couver."

Today, the Chinese minority in Vancouver is the largest ethnic group in the city. To Vancouver's Chinatown flock Chinese and Canadians from all over the country. You can stroll here among gleaming neon signs, Chinese restaurants and tea houses and Chinese herbal medicine stores.


There is nothing to plan in Chinatown after 6:00 pm. The main activity here is from morning to noon.

On the weekends of the summer months there is a traditional Chinese night market here from Fridays to Sundays from 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm.

A tour in the quarter should be done through the Red Silk Road - a pedestrian path marked red - takes visitors to the city via the important stations in the neighborhood, such as the Chinese Cultural Museum and Museum on Columbia Street and the Chinese Classical Garden by Dr. Sun Yat-sen.

A Closer Look:

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden
#About the First Classic Chinese Garden not in China

The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden in Vancouver is named after the founder of modern China, and is a traditional Chinese garden. It was established in 1986 for the Expo 1986 that took place in the city. This was the first Chinese garden in the world, built in such a fine and invested way, that was outside of China.

The first Chinese garden built outside of China was built by 53 Chinese specialists, that were brought especially for the construction. They used traditional and ancient Chinese techniques, with no screws or modern tools, all carefully hand-made.

The result is not considered any less perfect. The large garden is full of plants, waterfalls, rocks, pools of water, and a few buildings in a style typical of the far east. All these together create an impressive and authentic look of landscaped gardens in the classical Chinese style.

The construction of the park cost $5.3 million. Next to it is a park with free entrance. This garden beautifully compliments the classical garden. There are no buildings, and the plants flourish. The entrance to the garden is through a gate located at the cultural center, near the station of Dr. Sun Yat-sen. Inside you will find lakes with a pastoral atmosphere.


Entrance to the park is free. Entrance to the Chinese garden is with a fee.

A visit to the garden is available only through guided tours.

Days and hours for the tours are as follows:

10:30 am, 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm, and 4:30 pm.

10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm, and 5:30 pm.

10:30 am, 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm, and 4:30 pm.

10:30 am, 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 3:00 pm.

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