Posted March 2, 2011 by Adam Toren in City Guides


Vancouver boasts one of the largest Chinatowns in all of North America. The Vancouver community is made up of at least 30% ethnically Chinese residents and Chinatown is known as one of the most historic neighbourhoods in the whole city. Every year this part of the city attracts tourists and locals from all areas and locations and it has annual festivals to enjoy such as the Chinese New Year Parade, the Alcan Dragon Boat Festival and Asian Heritage Month.

Close to Gastown, this area is a hot spot for culture, history and shops. Chinatown has an open-air night market which is loved by many and known for its dried seafood, vegetables, noodles and various other interesting Asian foods.  This is the best place to shop in Chinatown if you are on a budget and if you like Asian food. If you like finer foods then make sure you visit the extra large T & T supermarket where you will find all kinds of Asian treats, sushi, snacks and seafood.

Chinatown has many shops and markets to experience and you will also find ancient Chinese medicines available. Take a trip to the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Chinese Gardens and stroll along tranquil bridges and pathways while enjoying views of ponds, orchids and other beautiful sights. Chinatown is a festive area that has a friendly Asian community and it attracts more and more people from Hong Kong every year. Tip: be careful about venturing east of Chinatown into the East Hastings area, though, as it can be a rougher neighbourhood than some tourists are hoping to see, with some disturbing scenes of poverty and drug use.

Adam Toren

Adam Toren
Adam Toren is born and raised in Vancouver BC and loves everything Vancouver BC has to offer. He loves traveling and exploring new and unique restaurants and places around the world.