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“Not the Best Chinatown!!!”

Vancouver Chinatown
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A Wok Around Chinatown: Culinary and Cultural Walking Tour
Ranked #202 of 351 things to do in Vancouver
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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.
Atlanta, Georgia
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“Not the Best Chinatown!!!”
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 a T-shirt in Chinatown that fits too small in most sizes and is nothing but a piece of cotton with a simple design that will probably fade after the first wash?! I visited Chinatown on a very rainy day, so I did not get to go into too many of the businesses there. Since I am allergic to Asian food, I spent more time looking for places to purchase souvenirs. I did find some reasonably priced merchandise at one shop in Chinatown though. However, most of the stores in Chinatown had prices that were too high or offered junk that no one really wants. I am just curious as to what the Chinatown businesses do with all of the stuff that no one hardly buys. Before I left for Vancouver, I read the reviews of Vancouver's Chinatown which were not all that good, but I wanted to see for myself, and I agree with most of the reviewers. There are better Chinatowns around the world. The Chinatown in Vancouver is average, but it is an okay place to go for tourists wanting to see what Vancouver has to offer.

Visited March 2014
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24 reviews
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“Boarding”
Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

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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“A short walk from down town!”
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.

Visited January 2014
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Kelowna, Canada
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“New Town Bakery”
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.

Visited February 2014
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Huludao, China
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“STAY AWAY! Go to Richmond City Centre”
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. And the Dr. Sun Yat-sun Garden is pretty for Non-Chinese. Even for Chinese people, it's amazing to see such a big and traditional Chinese garden in North America.
Try going to Richmond City Cetre for a completely different view of what the "Modern Chinatown" is like. Richmond is the largest "Chinatown" in North America. You'll get very amazed if you go there! Almost everyone is Chinese in that Canadian municipality.

Visited October 2013
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