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Address: 578 Carrall St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5K2, Canada
Phone Number: 6044188560
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
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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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My wife and I took a walk through Chinatown. It is not overly large, but does give you a sense of a community. The Garden near the entrance is very pretty, but that really is it... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Milan, Italy
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

it is a small Chinese quarter close to Vancouver Downtown East; the quarter is quite small and without peculiar attractions (only the Sun Yat Sen Garden is a interesting place); be careful : do not walk from Gastown to Chinatown ; it is only a couple of blocks but it is homeless area and looks dangerous.

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London, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My wife and I took a walk through Chinatown. It is not overly large, but does give you a sense of a community. The Garden near the entrance is very pretty, but that really is it for sights. There are many shops, but must do not have items for tourists. However, they are neat to stroll through and I understand... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is an area of Vancouver noted on maps as 'Chinatown' where a high concentration of residents of Chinese descent are clearly maintaining their heritage. It is not a clean tidy Disneyland type tourist attraction. It is a neighborhood. There are a number of produce and meat stores that cater to the residents' preferred ingredients. They are in small mom-and-pop... More 

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Ottawa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are a few Chinatowns in the area, but this one is the only one with the nice gates and nice garden, and also well known in the whole area. In some places you can find very good and cheap Chinese food, but I would not advise to go and visit, It is a poor area with some crime and... More 

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Rotterdam
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went there today, because we wanted to visit the Sun Yat-Sen garden. The garden itself is beautiful, but outside the garden white walls, there were lot's of homeless people and people taking harddrugs in the open air, especially at the Pender street. After seeing the garden, we wanted to go away as soon as possible. Worst Chinatown ever visited.... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had expected more from the title; this barren group of streets is lacking in any character or interest to a visitor - except for the Dr Sun Yat-Sen Garden. We were told that many of the Chinese families had moved out.

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I will not waste your time with a long review, don't go! It is a run-down area with dingy shops and a few cheap restaurants that I would not eat in. Enough said!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We saw the smallest street anywhere, and later learned that it was the narrow street that Mel Gibson rode through on a motorcycle with Goldie Hawn in the movie Bird on a Wire. Can't remember the street name. Over all was displeased with the number of homeless people there on the streets, but some places have more than others.

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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to Vancouver's Chinatown to visit the Keefer Night Market - using an old guide book. Since this I think it's must have declined quite a bit. There is still some interesting architecture especially the entrance gate and of course the Chinese Garden is a must visit. But there is also lots of tramps, drugs use and we did... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I find it always interesting to range through different parts of a city and Chinatown is definitely a variety but the number of homeless people is depressing. If you have been in Chinatown NY you can easily skip the visit. Although the Chinese garden is really nice!

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Chinatown
With the recent exodus of massive new building projects hitting the neighbourhood, Chinatown; which has always been one of the city's most vibrant areas; is even more buzzing and buoyant than ever before. Playing host to some of the city's best pan-Asian cuisine, from fusion food to traditional home-cooking, Chinatown has remained faithful to its roots as a space which clambers with shop signs and welcomes diners to the table. More that that, it has a hip experimental vibe to it, with trendy pop-ups and catchall market shops. The biggest of Canada's Chinatowns, it is also home to an expansive Chinese garden whose manicured grounds inspire and delight, its ponds and pagodas drawing walkers in for an stroll. Take in the red streetlights, the playful awnings, and the upbeat air that suffuse this area.