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Vancouver Chinatown
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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.
Reviewed February 3, 2014

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 only restaurant that seemed to be open. Waitstaff definitely not interested in our business but we did enjoy our dim sum (my son declared it the best Chinese food he had ever eaten). Picked up some calligraphy supplies in one very festive shop. The shopkeeper was actually pleasant and made small talk. Two bright spots in an otherwise dismal experience.

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Reviewed January 12, 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 looked for the best siopao and apple tarts they are boasting about, the New Town bakery and we were surprise that there were Filipino products being sold there like puto(rice cake), palitaw, and the siopao although its Chinese bakery and resto but we were there to just buy the baked goods, originally just to buy the siopao and apple tarts we ended up buying the BBQ bun and the you tiao. There were Filipino newspapers as well, saw adobo in their menu too.

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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.

2  Thank Familytravell
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

China Town in Vancouver is in a very bad area of town. The actual China Town area is fairly derelict and at night not a pleasent area to walk around. Most shops were closed up or boarded up and the area did not offer up any restaurants. If you venture one street away to East Hastings you are faced with a street full of homeless people and you really do feel for your safety at night. Vancouver really has a problem in this area of town and it is not safe or pleasant for visitors. There is a lot of work to do if this is going to be a tourist destination again.

6  Thank KayD28
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

I'VE been in a number of Chinatown areas and this one in Vancouver is in a class of its own as the worst of the lot by a country mile.
Apart from the fact I've seen more vibrant life exhibited by a dustbin, this place genuinely you made you wary.
Impressions weren't helped by being almost immediately approached by a wild-eyed raddled woman in her 60s. She sported long white hair and a full black cocktail dress at 11am as part of a strident approach to beg a dollar off us. We ignored her as did several other pedestrians as she ran first up the street and then down it, importuning anyone who came within range.
Now we'd done our homework and knew it was a dodgy area for drug addicts, prostitutes etc, but even we were surprised by this upfront welcome.
The more you looked the more you saw. Skeletal men who seemed to have trouble recognising if it was day or night with others only prevented from falling over by the building they were propped up against.
It could be so different because we really liked the little clasical Chinese garden there while some of the craft areas were also worth a look.
Sadly the main look being given was over your shoulder to make sure of personal safety and we didn't really relax until our Big Bus arrived to whisk us away to Gastown, an area claimed to have its own problems but which seemed like paradise when stacked up against Chinatown.
In short, think twice before going there.

5  Thank singhasam
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