Explore the Colourful Chinatown in Vancouver

Feb 04

Explore the Colourful Chinatown in Vancouver

Chinatown is a place that you must pay a visit if you are visiting or passing by Vancouver. The town is located along Pender Street and centered on the same. It is surrounded by Downtown and Gastown.

Unlike many Chinatowns found in a majority of major cities, this one has a richer history and has a lot more to offer every visitor. It is little wonder it is the largest in Canada and second in all the Americas. No matter your age, there is something to taste, explore see or experience at this part of the city.

 The history of Chinatown Vancouver

It is quite hard to pinpoint the actual date when Chinatown Vancouver came into being. However, by 1950s the town was all set and was a major destination for those who wished to learn a thing or two about the Chinese culture and customs. Like most parts of the city and metropolitan areas in Canada, it grew at a fast rate up until the early 1970s. In the late 1960s, the sleazy neon lighting which used to make Chinatown all spectacular was restricted by the Vancouver council. This made the dazzling streets a tad duller and this undeniably robbed off some of the excitement.

In earlier days, visiting Chinatown was akin to visiting a typical town in China or an outskirts center of Beijing. It had everything the Chinese culture could offer. The town came to be well known because of the cuisine, nightlife, fascinating Chinese customs and the eye-opening culture. This remains to be the case to date.

In the 1980s, Taiwanese and other East Asia nationalities started to arrive in Vancouver. They opted to establish their own town just like Chinatown along No. 3 Road. The growth was somewhat competitive and it was only after resistance from the Chinatown business community as well as the Vancouver residents that the now ‘Golden Village’ did not get the ‘Chinatown’ title.

 Facts about Chinatown

  • Among the metropolitan spots all across Canada, Chinatown Vancouver happens to be among the most populated at any one time of the day. There is something for everyone and it is offered at any time of day. Whether you are a tourist, a traveler passing by or an enthusiastic exploring family, this is the town to satiate your curiosity, hunger and thirst.
  • The magnificent town gate located along Pender Street was donated by the People’s Republic of China after the Expo 86 World’s Fair.
  • The designing and construction of the Jack Chow building in 1986 officially made it one of the narrowest commercial buildings in the world. It has that title even in the Guinness Book of Records.
  • Chinatown is home to many people from different parts of the world. There are a good number of people of Chinese origin from Peru, Brazil, Nicaragua, Mexico, and mainland China.
  • You stand to enjoy a plethora of items to peruse if you are an ardent shopper. There are furniture items, clothing, antique chinaware and a whole host of items that you can buy here.

There is, of course, a bright future for this town, especially now that the government and the business community have come together again to revitalize its infrastructure. For those who love shopping or just eating out in this part of Vancouver, in the near future, there will be so much more for them to explore and enjoy.

Read More: http://www.sfu.ca/chinese-canadian-history/vancouver_chinatown_en.html