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Chinatown

Prior and Powell Streets, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5K2, Canada
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Ranked #127 of 183 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I suppose I'm a bit spoiled with the great Chinatown in Victoria... The food and shopping in Vancouver's Chinatown was average, at best.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

I have visited better Chinatowns, like the one in Toronto, so Vancouver's Chinatown is just okay. I thought that merchandise in Chinatown in general was supposed to be cheaper than what you can buy in the city. Some of the merchandise in Vancouver's Chinatown was over priced. I am a tourist, so why would I pay $20 or more for... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

It was dirty, food was not that good. Not worth the drive from Seattle. I been to Chinatown I'm San Francisco and it was thousand time better.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

This area is interesting. There are some pretty great Chinese and tea shops but there is also alot of up and coming small businesses that are an extension of Gastown. It might seem a bit scetchy but it is certainly not unsafe.

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Kelowna, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Lunch was great! We come here almost everytme we visit Vancouver.beacuse the steame buns are incedible. It's always busy for a reason.

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Huludao, China
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Vancouver Chinatown is in Downtown Eastside, the most notorious area in Vancouver for drug trade, prostitution, and crowds and crowds of homeless people. If you do have to visit, be sure to stay safe! The most disgusting crossing is E. Hastings St & Main St. Anyway you can find lots of cheap but nice Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants in Chinatown.... More

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

This is a big Chinatown where we had an early Chinese dinner, yummy. Some parts of the town are beautiful while other parts are not. We were caution that to stay safe we must keep to the main street, which is beautiful and full of shops and eateries. It is worth visiting this Chinatown.

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Houston, TX
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014 via mobile

Dirty, smelly, falling apart both the buildings and the people. Clearly a lot of down and out and sick looking people. Having visited Chinatown in both New York and San Francisco, I was looking forward to a treat. Not so much. We had given ourselves four hours to sightsee and eat we cut out after two. Did eat at the... More

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Manila, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

We went to Chinatown here in Vancouver as we didn't have anywhere in our itinerary. We are aware that one need to be careful if we want to see it. But off we go, we visited the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Garden and it turned out to be worth it, I made a review about this garden. Then we... More

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

We walked along one road on the way back from the cinema in April on a dreary early evening and along 1 road there were a hundred or so drunken down and outs. It was quite scary to walk along as a family with children under 12.

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