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Address: 106 Keefer Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6A 1X4, Canada
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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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A Wok Around Chinatown: Culinary and Cultural Walking Tour

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Lots of funky grocery stores and some tasty bakeries

I really wanted to enter through the ornate gates, like in SF. But I guess we missed those. We walked around on a rainy afternoon and saw hundreds of bizarre mushrooms, fruits... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Chinatown is a different pace than other neighbourhoods in Vancouver. A little older but with plenty of character. Some good restaurants, but my favourite thing is the shops. Great place to find some cool deals. Wouldn't call it a must see neighbourhood but it is worth walking around and checking out.

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Sao Jose dos Campos
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The area is dirty, many homeless people and is very decadent. There are many chinese products stores but seems to be for locals, not really a touristic attraction. We went there expecting to find some good chinese restaurants but there aren't. There are two or three restaurants in the area but none of them caught our attention.

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Edmonds, Washington
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I really wanted to enter through the ornate gates, like in SF. But I guess we missed those. We walked around on a rainy afternoon and saw hundreds of bizarre mushrooms, fruits, dried shrimp and lots of other foreign foods, Couldn't any CDN $ from ATM, so we bought a little hum bao with our $USD. The baos were enormous.... More 

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Lund, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Connection to my Gastown review. Chinatown was a bit of a letdown. When we walked from Gastown to Chinatown, things got weird. Within half a block of the main Gastown alleys, the situation degraded rapidly, and we stumbled upon a large collection of people who were clearly serious drug users. I am not sure if we wandered through a needle-exchange... More 

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Golden, British Columbia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This entire section of historic Vancouver is getting smaller every visit.First trip was in the late 70,s and the changes in this cultural gem is sad to watch.One positive is the summer night markets which are great.The day to day volume of bustle is way lower every visit.Still a must see when in Vancouver with some great dining and shopping... More 

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Somerton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After leaving the BCPlace watching the rugby 7s we decided to go to China Town for a meal. After going through the ornate gates we could find nowhere to eat and the area was not too good. We decided to turn left, which was the first mistake. going down the road and left again we found ourselves among a decidedly... More 

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Gatineau, Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As someone who used to live in Vancouver, I'm not exaggerating when I say that China Town is druggie central. In fact, Main and Hastings (which is only one block away) is the worst part of Canada as far as drugs go. Since it's chinatown, the local Chinese go there for whatever they need. However, the locals who aren't Chinese... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

After going to see Gassy Jack, we walked up to have a look at China town. It wasn't a very nice area. There were a lot of vagrants on the streets and some seedy looking activities going on down the side streets. I felt uncomfortable there, not scared, but left the area pretty quickly to get back to a better... More 

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Braunschweig, Deutschland
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Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

Chinatown IS NOT full of junkies as most say here. (Like these users) the first time I've gone there, I missed the boarders of where to go and where China town ends and walked right into the bad neighborhood of Vancouver (which is east hastings). If you want to have a fun time, you need to know where to go.... More 

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Sussex, England
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Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

This area has completely fallen off the radar and not wirth making any special effort to go there....the best chinese food is in Richmond.....take your pick of any restaurant there, they are all good.

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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.
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