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Chinatown

Address: Prior and Powell Streets, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5K2, Canada
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Ranked #136 of 162 Attractions in Vancouver
Type: Neighborhoods, Other
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Shopping, Dining
Fee: No
Owner description: A bustling community started by Chinese immigrant laborers in the...
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Type: Neighborhoods, Other
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Shopping, Dining
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner 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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Honolulu, Hawaii
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34 reviews 34 reviews
24 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

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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Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

I didn't hate it as much as some of the reviewers here seem to. The area was a little rough but I am still glad I experienced it. It is the only Chinatown I have ever visited so I don't have anything to compare it to. However, I did pick up a few items and had a great meal.

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Ottawa, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Absolutely a disgusting area that has been completely taken over by street people, drug addicts and the like. You will not feel safe, there is nothing to see or do unless you like the smell of urine

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

If you want bargain for souvenirs, this is a good place to shop. Other than that ... go somewhere else. There's a lot of homeless people begging for money here.

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Gainesville, Florida
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Do not come here. Plain and simple. The area is really bad and honestly this Chinatown doesn't offer much. It's near gastown so defiantly go to gastown and avoid Chinatown

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Scary place to be during the day. We saw strung out heroin users. We went to check out the garden area and another drug user freaked out and accused us of trying to take his picture.

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Basel, Switzerland
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

There is really nothing to see there. There are only a few asian shops and restaurants most of them were closed .I didn't have the feeling of entering a new world and i had this feeling before in other chinatowns. I would say if you're planning to go there i would decide to do something else :-) its not worth... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We walked through Chinatown a few times in the mornings and it's dire to say the least. Coming from Chinatown in London, I can't even compare. There is no hustle and bustle, it is not safe, it's not pretty and you shouldn't go there at night. My resounding memory of this place will be an elderly Chinese resident staring out... More 

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Sydney
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251 reviews 251 reviews
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

I was much looking forward to visiting Vancouver's chinatown but overall, it was a very disappointing experience. It's terribly run down and quite dirty in parts. It attempts at tourist attractions are all poorly maintained or in a state of disrepair. I didn't see any decent looking restaurants which was a bit of a surprise. As one other reeviewer wrote,... More 

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Maple Ridge BC
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

I remember growing up here.Chinatown was alive ,a lot of action,great resturants and dozens and dozens of stores to browse thru.Over the year the Chinese population has moved out to Richmond and though there is a large Chinese ppopulation there it is sprawled out.As for the actual Chinatown is only a fraction of what it once was.You still have the... More 

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