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Address: Prior and Powell Streets, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5K2, Canada
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Shopping, Dining
Description: 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 enough flavor here...

Amazing that Vancouver has the 3rd biggest Chinese community in North America and this Chinatown has no flavor. Wide streets, few interesting things to see. Between Chinatown and... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed April 2, 2015
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Mexico City, Mexico
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Durham, Canada
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96 reviews 96 reviews
55 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We walked around Chinatown checking out the various shops, stopped for a great lunch, then toured the museum and temple gardens. Lots of character here. Worth a visit.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Amazing that Vancouver has the 3rd biggest Chinese community in North America and this Chinatown has no flavor. Wide streets, few interesting things to see. Between Chinatown and Gastown a lot of homeless people, very vocal with people walking, you do not feel safe in this area... Mainly at Hastings and Carrall...

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Vancouver, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I've been to a few Chinatowns around in North America and I like this one because it is actually used by the local Chinese, not like some places that are just tourist traps. It has interesting stores, good restaurants and lots to look at.

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San Jose, California
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134 reviews 134 reviews
52 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I am kind of surprised at Vancouver's Chinatown, especially given the Asian immigration to Vancouver - perhaps the center of Chinatown has moved to Richmond or elsewhere, but as where it is today, Vancouver's Chinatown is kind of "odd", in that while it has predominantly Chinese businesses , it seems to lack the typical vitality of "Chinatown" found in many... More 

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Burnaby, Canada
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188 reviews 188 reviews
74 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I like Kent's Kitchen, some of the restaurants there and supermatkets, however, and this is crucial, the street is adjacent to East Hastings Avenue which is full of drug addicts. They literally spill over into Chinatown every so often making the lives of the Chinese residents and visitors a nightmare. I wish the city of Vancouver would sort this out... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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81 reviews 81 reviews
25 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Sorry but the negative reviews of Vancouver's Chinatown really miss the point. It's a real neighborhood where people really live, work and shop. There are real Chinese groceries and restaurants, although as gentrification takes they're becoming less and less. I LOVE Chinatown and would recommend any visitor to give it a chance -- go to New Town Bakery and get... More 

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Gympie, Australia
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237 reviews 237 reviews
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121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Sorry to say but this is definitely the worst so called ChinaTown we have visited. When compared to NYC, SF, Sydney, London it is a poor shadow. Apparently, we were explained to by Vancouverites, all the good stuff has moved to the "burbs" like Richmond etc. We had looked forward to a good yum cha but found nothing interesting. Maybe... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

People work and live here. It's not just a tourist attraction. Some of the stores are really high-end, and others are not; everything is a mom and pop store, and there are a lot of hardworking people here. You can find many treasures, from food to teas to home goods, and many at very good prices. Chinatown is an area... More 

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vancouver bc canada
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88 reviews 88 reviews
46 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

But don't forget it, Jake. This is not a "dangerous" neighbourhood, for heavens sake. I am nearly 60 years old and feel perfectly ok even in the sketchier spots on Hastings that seem to scare some. Yup, there are some homeless, some junkies, and a bunch of down and outers on Hastings. It's a densely populated area with lots of... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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34 reviews 34 reviews
24 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Given Vancouver's asian population, it's no surprise that it's Chinatown is fairly large. I'd agree with other posters that it can be a little sketchy but really, I never felt unsafe there, at least during the day. Vancouver in general seems to have a very visible homeless population but I never felt intimidated or in danger, maybe because I come... More 

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