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Chinatown in Vancouver

Vancouver is home to North America's third largest Chinatown. It is located just east of downtown Vancouver and easily accessible by SkyTrain. It is a busy neighbourhood were the locals shop and Live.

There is lots to do here:

Browse through the fascinating shops
Stroll through the fresh market
Consult a traditional Chinese medicine herbalist
Take one of the many walking tours: shopping, cuisine, architecture, and cultural.

Chinatown in Vancouver Attractions

Silk Road Route
The Silk Road Route is the first pedestrian walk connecting Chinatown to Downtown Vancouver. Clearly marked throughout with colourful banners and road signs, this self-guided walking tour encompasses all of Chinatown's activities services and cultural highlights. Starting from the city centre's Central Library, the course takes you through Keefer Street, International Village, the site of the future Millennium Gate on Pender Street, the Chinese Cultural Centre, the Chinatown market area and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.

Vancouver Chinatown Millennium Gate
located on Pender and Taylor streets, incorporates both eastern and western symbols with traditional and modern Chinese themes in its construction and appearance.

Historical Alley
Between 1890 and 1920, early Chinese immigrants settled in what was known as Shanghai and Canton alleys. They were the convergence of vibrant nightlife, opera music, shopping, and political and cultural activities.

Han Dynasty Bell
located in Shanghai Alley outdoor museum
This chosen centerpiece for the historical alley memorial commemorating Chinese history in Vancouver is a replica of a West Han Dynasty bell unearthed in Guangzhou, China, in 1983.

Sam Kee Building
At only 1.8 meters (six feet) wide, this phenomenal structure has been recognized by Ripley's Believe It or Not as the world's narrowest building.

Century's Winds of Change Mural
This seven-metre by 14 metre (23 foot by 16 foot) wall mural records the historical times of the Chinese in Canada.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
As the first Ming Dynasty Scholar's Garden built outside of China.

Chinese Cultural Centre Museum and Archives
The Chinese Cultural Centre opened its museum and archives to the public in 1998. The building's exterior is styled in the Ming Dynasty period with a modern western-style interior.

The Monument of Canadian Chinese
This special rectangular column-like monument was erected to commemorate the historic achievements of the Canadian Chinese.

Walking Gastown and Chinatown


Chinatown in Vancouver Shopping

There are lots of interesting markets with many varieties of fresh and dried seafood and mushrooms. You'll also find inexpensive house ware and traditional Chinese medicine. Everything from ginseng to green tea, fine embroidered linens, silk robes, exotic fresh produce plus traditional Chinese tableware and cooking utensils. Natural apothecaries and herbalists abound in Chinatown, and it's the best place in Vancouver to buy freshly-prepared Asian delicacies from moon cake to roasted duck.

Chinatown in Vancouver Location

Bordered by Hastings, Keefer, Gore and Taylor Streets, Chinatown is to the east of the downtown Vancouver core.

Chinatown in Vancouver Restaurants

Picture which you pickedChinatown is the place to go if you hunger for a good hearty meal, or even a fast snack. From Dim Sum to dumplings, Chinatown offers a wide variety of dining.

If noodles or more exotic dishes are your taste check out the many restaurants and bakeries that crowd Pender, Keefer & Main St. Upstairs and down.

Chinatown in Vancouver Night Market

Chinatown Night Market
(Mid May - Early Sept)
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday,
6:30 - 11:00 p.m.
100 & 200 block of Keefer Street
(between Gore, Main & Columbia Street

Styled after Asian marketplaces where shopping is personal, local and bartering is the name of the game, the Chinatown Night Market is one of Vancouverís summer highlights. Stalls and tables set up on Keefer Street are loaded with bargain-priced merchandise, including CDs, garments, novelties, watches, food and accessories. Enjoy horse-carriage rides on Fridays, entertainment shows on Saturdays, and family fun and games on Sundays.


Vancouver's Chinese Cultural Events

Alcan Dragon Boat Festival
Chinese New Year
Richmond Night Market

Chinatown in Vancouver History

Vancouver Chinatown Millennium GateTo learn more about the life of the Chinese in Vancouver, head to the Chinese Cultural Center and Museum.

These Links have more on the History of Vancouver's Chinatown
Architectural History of Chinatown
Chinatown History


Getting to Chinatown in Vancouver

Walking & Biking
If you are walking from the downtown hotel district, follow the Silk Road walking route, marked by colourful banners. The stroll only takes 10 minutes to arrive at the Millennium Gate, the imperial entrance to Chinatown. Cyclists should follow the Silk Road to the steps of Cambie, then travel North to Pender, and then turn east onto Pender.

A short distance from two SkyTrain stations (Stadium or Main Street) and located on the major bus routes, Chinatown is fast and easy to travel to.

Chinatown in Vancouver parking

Indoor Parking
Chinatown Plaza Parking at 180 Keefer Street
Sun Wah Centre at 239 Keefer Street
Golden Crown Centre at 211 East Georgia Street

Outdoor Parking
Corner of Taylor and Keefer Street
Corner of Columbia and Keefer Street
At Main next to 10.8 Beauty Salon
At 231 East Pender Street
At 23 West Pender Street
At Union Street near Main Street

Meter Parking
Along Taylor Street, Keefer Street, Carrall Street, Pender Street, Columbia Street, Main Street, Gore Street and Georgia Street.

Chinatown in Vancouver Map

Chinatown in Vancouver Map
Vancouver Chinatown

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