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Chinatown
Vancouver

Chinatown showing heritage architecture

North America’s third-largest Chinatown is one of Vancouver’s busiest neighborhoods, celebrated for its rich heritage and cultural traditions.

For more than a century, this neighborhood next to the downtown business core has been a colorful and hectic center of exotic cuisines, open-air markets, herbalists, restaurants and stores.

Chinatown’s origins are entwined with the history of Vancouver itself. This small lumbar town expanded rapidly after the completion of the transcontinental railway, built by 17,000 Chinese immigrants, in the late 1800s. Many of the immigrants who made up the labor force stayed on and worked in other industries, building a community around the boarding houses where they lived.

A large percentage of Vancouver’s Chinese residents have moved to Richmond and other suburban communities, but there are still many authentic restaurants and shops in Chinatown. You’ll discover family-run markets selling Asian spices, fresh fish caught that day, and Chinese delicacies like pig snouts and chicken feet. No trip to Chinatown is complete without experiencing a traditional Dim Sum meal, which are generally served until early afternoon. Try classic dishes such as sui mai (pork dumplings) and congee (thick rice soup).

For some urban serenity spend a little time in Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. This is a beautiful green open space named after the founder and president of the Republic of China and modeled after gardens that were popular during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). As with all gardens of that time, it’s based on the harmony of four main elements: rocks, plants, water, and architecture, to create a perfect balance. Among the highlights are a pond of jade green water and Tai Hu rocks imported from Lake Tai near Suzhou in Eastern China. They are thought to entice lucky spirits into the garden. As the light changes watch how these rocks change as different textures and colors are revealed.

Visit the Chinatown Night Market for a totally different experience than during the daylight hours. This frenetic downtown evening market lures locals and tourists alike with its aromatic foods, Asian handcrafts, and inexpensive designer knock-offs. Above the din of hawkers and shoppers you’ll hear live music coming from the stage as local bands provide a melodic backdrop on most nights.


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Top hotels in Chinatown

The Burrard
The Burrard
3 out of 5
1100 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC
The price is Rs6,690 per night from 25 Jun to 25 Jun
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of St. Paul's Hospital and Granville Street. Robson Street and Sunset Beach ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,904 reviews)
"staff were amazing"

Reviewed on 10 Jun 2021

The Burrard
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
4 out of 5
1133 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs10,167 per night from 14 Jun to 14 Jun
Located in Coal Harbour, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from United States Consulate and Vancouver Waterfront. Robson Street and Canada Place are also ...
4.2/5Very Good! (2,491 reviews)
"Everything was great although we were only there for a few hours. Thanks"

Reviewed on 10 Jun 2021

Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
845 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs8,941 per night from 14 Jun to 14 Jun
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this luxury hotel is steps away from Robson Square and Robson Street. Granville Street and Vancouver Art Gallery are also within ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,331 reviews)
"The entrance way is beautiful, the staff were very warm and accommodating. My husband and I spent our wedding night here, and knowing that it was a special night for us, they gave us the best room they had available on the top floor. They also offered to bring complimentary wine to our room :-)"

Reviewed on 8 Jun 2021

The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
Hotel Blu Vancouver
Hotel Blu Vancouver
4 out of 5
177 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs11,306 per night from 14 Jun to 14 Jun
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of BC Place Stadium and Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Vancouver Central Public Library and Rogers ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (1,597 reviews)
"Trendy hotel, friendly staff and great location."

Reviewed on 12 Jun 2021

Hotel Blu Vancouver
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
655 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs12,929 per night from 14 Jun to 14 Jun
Located in Coal Harbour, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pacific Centre Shopping Mall and Vancouver Art Gallery. Granville Street and English ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,057 reviews)
"Place is quite accommodating! Enjoyed my over night stay"

Reviewed on 9 Jun 2021

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The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver
The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver
4 out of 5
1601 Bayshore Dr, Vancouver, BC
The price is Rs15,627 per night from 16 Jun to 16 Jun
Located in Coal Harbour, this spa hotel is steps away from Vancouver False Creek Seawall and Vancouver Waterfront. Robson Street and Vancouver Convention Centre ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (984 reviews)
"The property is in a great location..Dining and activities all around you.Awsome views of Harbour and mountains"

Reviewed on 25 May 2021

The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver
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