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Vancouver Chinatown

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Address: 106 Keefer Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6A 1X4, Canada
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No

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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Not a bad place to grab a quick bite

I wouldn't make a habit of it but if you're hungry on the way back from Gastown to the hotels of Vancouver, this is a perfectly adequate place to grab a quick bite. The ready... read more

Reviewed 23 October 2015
Philip S
Baltimore, Maryland
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 23 October 2015

I wouldn't make a habit of it but if you're hungry on the way back from Gastown to the hotels of Vancouver, this is a perfectly adequate place to grab a quick bite. The ready made entries at the steam table were particularly appetizing and there's a wonderful fruit market to boot. There are things missing that one would find... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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Reviewed 19 October 2015

We thought that visiting Chinatown was going to be a great cultural experience , the truth is that place is very weird , it's quiet , intimidating , and near the night you'd start seeing drunk people and strange stuff , if you want to see the chinese garden , go early in the morning , becuse it's already closed... More 

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Reviewed 16 October 2015

If you plan to stay in Vancouver for a few days - maybe you should give Chinatown a short visit. It's very interesting (especially if you do not have a Chinatown in your area). Many food and spice shops - we were not that used to the smell. Very crowded. We finally found a place to park on one of... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 10 October 2015

Vancouver’s Chinatown is the second largest in North America, after San Francisco’s iconic neighborhood comprised by those with Chinese ancestry. I had the good fortune to visit Vancouver 18 years ago, in 1997. The phenomenal growth throughout the rest of downtown in almost two decades astounded me. Skyscrapers next to English Bay remind me of Hong Kong. Visiting Chinatown was... More 

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Leamington Spa, England
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Reviewed 5 October 2015

Chinatown Vancouver is nothing special and we did not stay here for very long. I have been told that the area can be rather seedy at night and there are some very poor areas adjacent. I do not think we would have missed anything had we not seen Chinatown and I would not rush back.

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Chiclana de la Frontera, Spain
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Reviewed 30 September 2015

We walked along the sea wall , passed the cruise ship area , and through Gastown to get there. If we knew what awaited us , we would not have visited. We passed drug addicts with needles beside them , down and outs , and the dreadful Hastings Road. Do not visit this awful place. Full of people selling items... More 

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Reviewed 30 September 2015 via mobile

Situated In the heart of Vancouver's Chinatown you will find the Classical Chinese Gardens. Apart from this I personally wouldn't visit Chinatown. So many beggars and rough looking people. Was glad to get back to the City as I didn't feel very safe there.

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Kelowna, Canada
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Reviewed 29 September 2015

I love Chinatown and when we come to the city once a year on our shopping trip I always spend one full day there. The shops are full of wonderful things and are not expensive. My favorite shop is the one with the singing merchant. He is located on Keiffer upstairs in a large building. He makes me happy to... More 

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Shanghai, China
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Reviewed 28 September 2015

I was first commented by a taxi driver, when passing through this area, that there are drug sellers on the street. and not recommend to go there in the night. Although there are a lot of Chinese restaurants. And then, when my family would like to passing a cross light, walk in the area, a local residence gave us alert... More 

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Reviewed 25 September 2015 via mobile

We went down to check it out, with great uneasiness about just how "bad" the neighbourhood would be. I wouldn't take kids, but it is definitely safe enough for adults to walk around. Interesting to see some younger hipster type businesses moving in and revitalizing the neighbourhood. The garden is an awesome place to check out. And the international mall... 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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