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Prior and Powell Streets, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5K2, Canada
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Ranked #138 of 184 Attractions in Vancouver
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Type: Neighborhoods
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Shopping, Dining
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description: 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

We had read some of the reviews on here prior to our trip to Vancouver, but had been recommended to visit it by a friend, despite warnings about the surrounding streets. We had expected the usual hustle and bustle of a touristy Chinatown, much like the one in London, but instead found very little evidence that we were in Chinatown,... More

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Jupiter, Florida
3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

I am a proud western Canadian who has been to Vancouver several times on business. This was the first time in many years that I actually was there on vacation and had the time to take in some sights with an American friend. I apparently need to be more in touch because Chinatown was a place I hadn't visited in... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
26 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

We've visited Chinatown during two of our three visits to Vancouver in the past 17 years. The first time it was self-guided and it was interesting: visually, culturally, historically. The second time it was part of Erik's City & Lynn Canyon Tour (http://www.hihostels.ca/westerncanada/1933/hi-vancouver_central_erik%27s_tours.hostel) from Hostelling International's Vancouver Downtown hostel ... wow!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

There's a tiny chinese bakery called New Town that makes filipino chinese pastries, to die for. That's it. Whenever I travel to Seattle, I make the 2+ hour drive to Canada, just for their buchi and apple tarts. Secret's out.

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San Diego
12 reviews 12 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

One wrong turn could land you in what I describe the scariest street in Vancouver. Drug addicts and homeless line the sidewalks on Main St. There were many! I was beyond scared while stopped at a stop light. Quickly drove thru Chinatown. Very dirty. Pease if any of you plan to visit, be extremely careful. Do not visit this area... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Chinatown’s vibrant neighbourhood is rich in culture and home to some of Vancouver’s top restaurants, cafes, bars and retail outlets. Vancouver’s Chinatown is universally appealing to tourists and locals alike through its abundance in fascinating history, striking heritage buildings and world-renowned delicacies.What caught my eye is the awe-inspiring photo mural located in the laneway of 161 East Pender. This vibrant,... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014 via mobile

I guess I am generally less impressed with Chinatowns since visiting Hong Kong and China but...this area didn't seem to offer much other than size. It is quite a bit larger than most but it doesn't contain much interesting. Spend your time elsewhere in Vancouver.

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Perth, Australia
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104 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The chinatown in vancouver is situated at east pender street. It has a mall with many shops and restaurants. There is the parade during chinese new year period. Enjoyable and memorable

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Los Angeles, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Don't bother making a beeline to this place. Very uninspiring place to visit. Was expecting a Chinatown akin to San Francisco or even London. A few shops selling Chinese groceries is about the best you get plus lots of homeless folks. Not worth it.

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Sydney, Australia
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155 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Passing the First Nations building with the Frieze & totem pole above the roof I arrived at the Entrance Gates to Chinatown continuing up Pender Street to Main St. Chinatown has existed since 1885. There is a mix of architectural styles with very few of the original building remaining. Some streets have their names in both Chinese & English. At... More

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