Chinatown in Vancouver is small, when compared to the one from San Francisco.
Vancouver’s Chinatown started in the late 19th Century, when the first Chinese settlers arrived here to work on the railroad construction business.
Chinatown is pretty, easy to walk and, and like many other “Chinatowns” around the globe, has plenty of nice restaurantes, markets selling exquisite food and all kinds of stores selling all kinds of stuff.
Look for stores selling souvenirs with Canada’s logo, like t-shirts, glass holders, toys, mugs, most of them with amazing affordable prices. Chinatown is an ideal neighborhood to look for gifts to take abroad, and will make your co-workers and neighbors happy that they were not forgotten during your trip to Vancouver! 🙂
One of the best attractions of the region, in my option, is Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. This is the first Chinese Garden built outside China. When walking in the Chinatown neighborhood don’t miss the opportunity to visit this oasis! Besides being beautiful it’s free! 🙂
Chinatown has many little shops and stops that are worth seeing. Among them I point out:
- The Chinese Tea Shop – 101 E Pender St
- New Town Bakery – 148 E Pender St
- Treasure Green Tea Company – 227 E Georgia St
- Dr. Sum Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden – 578 Carrall St
- Jump for Joy Mural – A huge (65 foot tall x 100 foot wide) mural featuring approximately 300 people jumping for joy. 81 West Pender St (@ Abbott St)
- West Han Dynasty Bell – This bell was a gift from China – @ Shanghai Alley
- Sam Kee Building – The world’s narrowest building – 8 W Pender St
Depending on the time of the year you visit Vancouver, you can be luck to be here during the Chinese New Year Parade. It’s really awesome and you will have a great time there.
Want to add an attraction to this list? Please feel free to write your tips! Send your comments, please! 🙂