Welcome to the 'hood: Chinatown ~ August 2014

The Millennium Gate (courtesy of the Vancouver Chinatown BIA Society)

The Millennium Gate (courtesy of the Vancouver Chinatown BIA Society)

Welcome to Chinatown! Chinatown is a prime example of the diversity found in the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver. Perhaps nowhere in the city is our rich cultural heritage preserved so well. 

Unique Fact: Chinatown in Vancouver is the third largest in the continent, following San Francisco and New York City.

In the late 1800's, Chinese immigrants came to Vancouver to work on the railroads and in the mines. Over the years it has grown into a Chinese cultural centre. You can find traditional markets, temples and gardens reflecting the heritage of our Chinese population.

The Jade Water Pavilion at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

The Jade Water Pavilion at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Things to Do:

  • Visit the Chinese Cultural Centre to understand the history of the first Chinese settlers to BC
  • Have a Dim Sum lunch at one of the many traditional restaurants in the area.
  • Take a tour of the neighbourhood. Check out Robert Sung's tour Wok About Chinatown.
  • Must see: Enter Chinatown through the Millennium Gate on Pender and Taylor streets. Take photos and admire the architecture covered with both eastern and western inspired symbols.
  • Must do: Wander through the stone pathways along the jade-coloured ponds of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and escape the bustle of the city. National Geographic named the garden The World's Best City Garden. In 2012, the garden was given the title of Canadian Garden Tourism Garden of the year, awarded by the Canadian Garden Tourism Council. 
Courtesy of the Vancouver Chinatown BIA Society

Courtesy of the Vancouver Chinatown BIA Society

Dining

  • Flota Seafood Restaurant, 400-180 Keefer Street, - Enjoy Dim Sum for lunch. Dim Sum means "touch your heart" and are traditional, fresh, bite-sized Cantonese snacks. Or have the Peking Duck for dinner and finish with the Chinese dessert buffet bar.
  • T&T Supermarket, 179 Keefer: Wonder the aisles and choose from the variety of ready-made foods to go and have a picnic in the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.

Location: Southeast of Gastown in the downtown core.