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Address: Prior and Powell Streets, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5K2, Canada
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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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We could not find what we expected...

When we have heard that is big and good , we wanted to see China town ... But we could not find what we expected.. The china was uninspired and dirty ...

2 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Montreal, Canada
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13 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When we have heard that is big and good , we wanted to see China town ... But we could not find what we expected.. The china was uninspired and dirty ...

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Dalbeattie, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Coming up to Chinese New Year and in Vancouver for 2 days. We walked to China town at night for a meal and a look round - BIG mistake - do NOT go there. The other reviews are correct - it is dirty, seedy, run down and lots of iron mesh/ gates on windows etc. If you stray too far... More 

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Johnston, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We got mixed reviews on whether to go to Chinatown or not, but were bored one day and decided to give it a try. It was the WORST decision. The area is beyond gross. The windows are filthy - the awnings are gross. Nothing is clean. There are homeless people everywhere. We saw throw-up on doors, pee on the streets,... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

It was mid winter and 10 degrees below normal. Could barely fine a place to walk into to get warm. Nothing to see, nothing to do. If you want to see something, don't go here.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

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 1 January 2017

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 30 December 2016 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 30 December 2016

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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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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