Chinatown, Downtown Vancouver

Founded in 1885, North America's second largest Chinatown, containing the third highest population of Asian immigrants in Vancouver, has become an experience in itself by hosting many themed events, structures and stores in this large region of the downtown core.

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Map of Things to do in Chinatown Vancouver

A popular tourist attraction, many sights, smells and events await those who find themselves in the midst of one of Vancouver's busiest neighbourhoods.

From the large vaulted Millennium Gate to the sprawling Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese gardens and the adjoining public park to the multitude of open air shops, there is no place better to find a bargain or become acquainted with Vancouver's rich Asian inspired past.

It is easy to understand the allure of Chinatown as it hosts the annual Chinese New Year parade where the celebrations light up the streets of the downtown, as well as other interesting mentions such as the narrowest commercial building in the world as recognized by the Guinness book of Records.

Chinatown is a feast for the senses which celebrates one of Vancouver's most diverse location and populations.

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Millennium Gate

Opened in 2002, the Millennium Gate, is the official entrance to Vancouver's Chinatown district.

Century's Winds of Change Mural

The Century's Winds of Change Mural depicts some of the most important figures in the history of Vancouver's Chinatown.

Shanghai Alley

Vancouver Chinatown's oldest streets, Shanghai and Canton alleys, were the destination for thousands of immigrants to Canada, a fact celebrated in the historic place.

West Han Dynasty Bell

The one tonne West Han Dynasty Bell in Chinatown is a gift from the sister city of Guangzhou, China.

Sam Kee Building

The Sam Kee Building in Vancouver's Chinatown has the distinction of being the World's Narrowest Commercial Building, a title it has held since 1913.

China Gate

The China Gate in Vancouver's Chinatown is a beautiful piece which stands in front of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park Courtyard, welcome visitors inside.

Chinese Zodiac Mosaic

The Chinese Zodiac plays an important role in Vancouver's Chinatown and this beautiful art piece celebrates the Ancient tale of the twelve animals in the Chinese calendar.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens in Vancouver's Chinatown is an authentic Ming dynasty garden celebrating Asian influence in Canada.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park

The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Park in Vancouver's Chinatown is a popular garden featuring ponds, fish, bamboo and an Asian style gazebo in its centre

Chinese Cultural Centre Museum, Archives and Military Museum

Two museums can be found located within the Chinese Cultural Centre - one detailing the history of Vancouver's Chinatown including donated artifacts and second, the Chinese Canadian Military Museum focusing on past and present contributions of the local community in military operations.

Canadian Chinese Monument

The Monument to the Canadian Chinese in Chinatown Vancouver is dedicated to those who helped create a Canadian identity in the building of the railway and participation in World War II.

Chinatown Market

Vancouver's Chinatown Market is a shoppers paradise with just about everything for sale. Clothing, food, books and other things are always at bargain prices. Whether shopping for an occasion or a meal, everything can be found in Chinatown