Vancouver Chinatown is the second largest such community in North America in terms of area, behind only San Francisco. The population of Chinese people in Vancouver represents the largest minority ethnic group. Mandarin and Cantonese are spoken in approximately one-third of all homes in the Vancouver area. From this fact alone, it's apparent just how important the cultural effect of the Chinese in the area has been and how popular a destination Chinatown has become. There is a variety of Vancouver Chinatown hotels as well as plenty of opportunities for shopping, and of course, tasting the delectable and authentic cuisine. The restaurants in Vancouver Chinatown provide guests and residents of the city with the best selection and most genuinely authentic Chinese food in the city.
You will find a spectacular selection of open-air markets, shops, and boutiques in Vancouver Chinatown. The markets sell everything from locally caught, fresh fish and locally grown produce, to rare mushrooms and other culinary delights that you can take home with you to work on your skills as an aspiring home chef. Many times the restaurants in Vancouver Chinatown serve fresh catches from that very morning, and you will be able to tell just how fresh and delicious the food is upon first taste. On the weekends during the summer months, the entire neighborhood opens up and all of the markets are booming with business. If you don’t mind a little tourist traffic, this is a fantastic time to head on down to Chinatown to see how it functions at its busiest times. Keefer and Pender Streets are the two best destinations for open-air markets. A quick note is that you should not leave Chinatown without trying the dim sum at any one of the many restaurants in Vancouver Chinatown.
The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is another of the most popular attractions in Vancouver Chinatown. It is a beautiful open green space in the neighborhood where you can stroll around and leisurely take in the sights of the peaceful and tranquil gardens. The Millennium Gate, located within the garden, is also an alluring attraction, with its ornate design and elaborate details. The Chinese Cultural Centre Museum is another attraction that you should consider visiting if you are interested in learning more about the Chinese culture, and more specifically, how it infiltrated much of the Vancouver area over the past decades. The Chinese community lends to the dynamic, multicultural population of this largest city in the province of British Columbia. It is only about a ten-minute walk from the Downtown core to the Millennium Gate and you can take the Skytrain or a cab from virtually anywhere in order to get to Vancouver Chinatown.
Once you decide the places you wish to visit in this area, it will be up to you to find some nice Vancouver Chinatown hotels from which to select. The Dominion Hotel, Sandman Hotel, the Georgian Court Hotel, and the Ramada Limited Downtown Vancouver are all accommodations that are less than one mile from Chinatown. You will find that each of these Vancouver Chinatown hotels is clean, comfortable, and within close proximity of most of the city’s best attractions.