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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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Go to Richmond!

I'm a local. If you want the "Chinatown" experience, ride the Skytrain into Richmond. Near the Aberdeen, Lansdowne, and Richmond-Brighouse stations is where you'll find the... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
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Vancouver, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I'm a local. If you want the "Chinatown" experience, ride the Skytrain into Richmond. Near the Aberdeen, Lansdowne, and Richmond-Brighouse stations is where you'll find the largest quantity of Chinese restaurants in Metro Vancouver. It's also where you'll find the best restaurants. There are also a couple interesting Asian malls worth checking out, such as Parker Place and Aberdeen. If... More 

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Olympia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

For being one of the largest Chinatown's, this one is a bit of a disappointment. The garden is good. The shopping is ok. It's dirty and at times stinky. This section of town is better if you go earlier in the day. The shops close early and it's not the safest part of town to visit in the evening.

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cancun
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

you can feel in chinee, but you can speak english and comunicate, is wonderfull , and learn about they tradition

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Northbrook, IL
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We arrived late in the day and many shops were closed. It is a rather depressed area as it was when I visited 15 years ago but there was very little activity and very few stores were even inhabited. It is worth a trip to stop by if you have time to see it but no need to spend much... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I love every single part ov Vancouver . It is a city I could live in ! Also China Town is worth a visit. Really worth a visit.

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Yakima, WA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

It is a big area but we went too late in the day. We went around 6 and most shops were closed. It was fun to drive around the streets and see the shops from the car. They looked rather old and run down. I am not sure it would be that safe to walk around there. I heard the... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Not much to see and do here. It is near a very very dodgy area of Vancouver (East Hastings) so you will see quite a few "characters" around here. Keep belongings close at hand.

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San Francisco, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

I like to visit China towns all over the world, and this one is not very good. It's touted as being very large, but size is not everything! There's a few shops close-ish to the Sun Yat garden, but not a must see in my guide book.

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Alexandria, Virginia, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

It's surprising how small this Chinatown is, given the depth of Vancouver's roots - roughly 7 blocks by 3. Lots of tea shops, small restaurants, etc. But almost everything is pretty dilapidated. Pavements are very narrow so groups should split up or spread out; it seems pretty safe, despite the throngs of homeless people during nice weather..

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Ξάνθη, Ελλάδα
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

The park and the garden is a great place to visit, beautyful and peaceful! However, the rest of the Chinatown seems to be a bit dangerous. There were used needles and blood at the street. I wouldn't visit it on my own or late at night.

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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.