This is North America's second biggest Chinatown, after San Francisco's. Mandarin and Cantonese are the mother tongues in 30 per cent of Vancouver homes, which makes Chinese the largest "minority" ethnic group. There are lots of interesting markets with many varieties of fresh and dried seafood and mushrooms. You'll also find inexpensive houseware and traditional Chinese medicine.
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. Relax in the peaceful Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, or marvel at the ornate Millennium Gate - just steps away on Pender Street. Visit the Chinese Cultural Centre Museum, or participate in one of its many activities.
Vancouver's Chinatown is the place to visit for a taste of Chinese culture:
Browse through the fascinating shops
Stroll through the fresh market
Consult a traditional Chinese medicine herbalist
Stroll through the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
Take your photo in front of the massive Han Dynasty Bell in Shanghai Alley
Take one of the many walking tours: shopping, cuisine, architecture, culture.
Getting There - it's easy!
Walking & Biking
If you are walking from the downtown hotel district, follow the Silk Road walking route, marked by colourful banners. The stroll only takes 10 minutes to arrive at the Millennium Gate, the imperial entrance to Chinatown. Cyclists should follow the Silk Road to the steps of Cambie, then travel North to Pender, and then turn east onto Pender.
Bordered by Hastings, Keefer, Gore and Taylor Streets, Chinatown is in the heart of the downtown core. There are many inexpensive public parkades and coin street parking available. For maps and driving directions, check out MapQuest.
A short distance from two SkyTrain stations (Stadium or Main Street) and located on the major bus routes, Chinatown is fast and easy to travel to. Check out TransLink for SkyTrain and bus schedules, or call 604.953.3333.
Chinatown Plaza Parking at 180 Keefer Street
Sun Wah Centre at 239 Keefer Street
Golden Crown Centre at 211 East Georgia Street
Corner of Taylor and Keefer Street
Corner of Columbia and Keefer Street
At Main next to 10.8 Beauty Salon
At 231 East Pender Street
At 23 West Pender Street
At Union Street near Main Street
Along Taylor Street, Keefer Street, Carrall Street, Pender Street, Columbia Street, Main Street, Gore Street and Georgia Street.