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Address: Prior and Powell Streets, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5K2, Canada
Phone Number: +1 604-418-8560
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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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Vancouver Private Walking Tour of Downtown Chinatown and Gastown
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Vancouver China Town was an interesting walk!

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... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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St. Catharines, Canada
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago

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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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We visit Toronto on a regular basis and China town there is always a place we make a beeline for with its fantastic shops spilling their wares out onto the paths the delicious smells and vibrant colours and friendly people. Chinatown in Vancouver is the complete opposite. It was dirty, unkempt and very seedy. We felt very unsafe there and... More 

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Bogota, Colombia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Not worth the visit. Dirty, run down, a lot of homeless, junkies. Frightening! No commerce, few not to good looking restaurants!

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Clevedon, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Run-down, soul-less area of town, just a short step away from Gastown and the buzz of Water Street. There was little eveidence of it being a 'Chinatown', no bright lights or spirit. It was the only place during our Canadian tour where we felt unsafe, with unsavoury street-dwellers rowing and drugs paraphernalia openly for sale. Apparently there is a big... More 

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Tulsa, OK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

actually I visited in August 2012, not August 2016 - really clean Chinatown area, very Chinese, so maybe not much to do but look around if you aren't Chinese - interesting and fun!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Beware of the area around Chinatown - East Hastings St. Vancouver has a major drug problem and most of it is centred around the corner of East Hastings and Abbott St., on the fringe of Chinatown. While not particularly threatening the presence of so much human misery can be a bit depressing. Otherwise Vancouver is a beautiful city. A tip... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Got off the hop on bus looking for a place to have lunch. Everything looked 'seedy' and run down. We passed many vagrants and homeless both in side alleys and the main road. Mentally ill were numerous as they talked to themselves. We were not at all comfortable there and ended up eating at the airport. One and done!

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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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