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Vancouver Chinatown

Vancouver has a very large Chinese population. In fact, Mandarin and Cantonese are the mother tongues in over 30 per cent of Vancouver homes, which makes Chinese the largest ethnic group in Vancouver. Chinatown is the original heart of the Chinese community in Vancouver. You can explore its interesting markets and search through many varieties of fresh and dried seafood and mushrooms. You'll also find inexpensive houseware and traditional Chinese medicine.

Night Markets

During the summer, on weekend evenings, Keefer and Pender Streets become a busy open-air night market. If you have time for a leisurely meal, try dim sum at one of the many small restaurants. It is an inexpensive, multi-course culinary adventure. Otherwise visit a Chiense bakery and enjoy a stuffed BBQ Pork Bun.


Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

In the heart of bustling downtown Vancouver, The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden offers a cultural experience like no other. It is a feast for the senses and the mind, acclaimed for providing peace, tranquility, and a delight for the nature lover, cultural tourist, philosopher, and sightseeing visitor. Take a walk around the gardens and relax in the peaceful setting. There are a number of options to explore in the garden including parts of the garden with no admission charges.


Vancouver's Chinatown is the place to visit for a taste of Chinese culture. Don't forget to marvel at the ornate Millennium Gate, located just steps away on Pender Street. Also visit the Chinese Cultural Centre Museum, or participate in one of its many activities.