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“Don't Pass It By Just Because It's Small”
Review of Chinatown

Chinatown
Ranked #103 of 307 things to do in Calgary
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Reviewed 6 May 2013

This fairly well kept and remarkably compact precinct is tucked between the Bow River and the Eau Claire district. What’s most striking about it are the many signs of a strong civic pride and a sense of historical and cultural identity. The glorious and distinctive Cultural Center is only the easiest to find among these signs. The precinct’s Sien Lok Park has a wonderful stone monument with brass plaques full of Chinese cultural symbols and historical sentiments. By all means, bring a camera! On the streets are all of the varied Asian restaurants, specialty grocers, and martial arts studios anyone might expect. Some of the options seemed downscale, others more upscale. None of these were open when I explored the streets on early morning walks, but seeing them was worthwhile. And they're a welcome source of dining options for the more adventuresome among us.

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Reviewed 4 May 2013

This is one of the smaller Chinatowns around. Lots of great restaurants, of course, but don't miss the park on the river and the Chinese Cultural Centre.

3  Thank Lynn C
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Reviewed 30 April 2013

Have been to some great Chinatown/s in Vancouver, Toronto and San Francisco.This is just a few streets with some Chinese Restaurants, and a few shops. Not really a tourist destination except for the Chinese Cultural Centre.

2  Thank Nancy C
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Reviewed 13 March 2013

Chinatown is Chinatown... It is the same everywhere with its many Dim Sum restaurants, its chinese medicine shops and small gadget souvenir shops. The architechture has nothing special.

2  Thank Jeanc47
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Reviewed 24 September 2012

The main problems are with parking (although public transit to the area is great) and safety. At night certain parts can be unsafe. However, China town is pretty cool and filled with all kinds of strange goodies.

3  Thank Alice S
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