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Vancouver’s Chinatown is one of the city’s unmissable neighbourhoods and is also one of the largest Chinatowns in all of North America. Here you’ll find colourful stores, beautiful Chinese gardens and delicious food.
Walk along Pender Street from west to east and you’ll know the second you’ve entered this particular neighbourhood thanks to a big colourful Chinese arch, red street lights with dragon statues and panda-covered banners.
In this neighbourhood, you can visit the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. You have to pay to get in, but it really is quite nice in there, complete with tea rooms and a place where you can try your hand at some Chinese calligraphy.
However, if you want to save some money, just walk about 10 steps past the garden and you’ll come across the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park which is completely free to enter. Inside you’ll find a beautiful pond complete with water lilies, ducks and huge koi. It’s a lovely place for a relaxing stroll.
Chinatown is also a great area to check out when it gets to dinner time. We stopped off at Wild Rice this evening, a funky spot that serves modern Chinese fare. I had a gigantic bowl of kung pao chicken with broccoli and noodles (pictured here) and it was so very tasty. Reasonably priced too, plus all the staff there were really friendly.
I’m back at HI-Vancouver Central and I’m really looking forward to tomorrow as we’re going to check out a couple of the attractions that are top of my own personal must-see list. There’s the Museum of Vancouver, where I’ll be recording another podcast interview, and also the H.R. McMillan Space Centre.
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