Vancouver Chinatown: A Pictorial Walking Tour

Today was the "Chinatown Festival" so I decided to check it out. There was a walking tour run by volunteers which cost $5 per person and the most interesting thing is that they bring you inside to see the Chinese Associations.

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There are 3 parts to this post.

Part 1: Chinese Canadian Military Museum

Part 2: Inside the Chinese Benevolent Association

Part 3: The Streets of Chinatown

Here is the Google Map showing the places I visited:

Direct Link to the Google Map for full size viewing

Part 1: The Chinese Canadian Military Museum

It is located on the 2nd floor of the Chinese Cultural Centre Museum building, and almost not advertised outside at all. Its VERY small, only ONE room. I don't even think a lot of locals know that it exists. The museum commemorates the Chinese people who volunteered to fight for Canada in World War II despite the fact that they were denied citizenship by the Canadian government.

Link to Official Museum Site

Not really related to the museum but it was on the same hallway. Artifacts from early Chinese settlers

Part 2: Inside the Chinese Benevolent Association

On the bottom right is a model of the Chinese war veterans memorial.

The portraits of past directors.

Part 3: The Streets of Chinatown

Its usually NOT this busy, there is a lot of people only because of the 2 day "Chinatown Festival". Currrently in my opinion I would say that Chinatown is a shadow of its former self. Most people would rather go to the Chinese strip malls of the suburb of Richmond where there is ample parking, the streets are cleaner, and the streets aren't infested with bums. (Its too bad that Chinatown has to be adjacent to the Downtown Eastside...the worse neighbourhood in Canada).

The manager of Floata Chinese Restaurant being assigned to the food stall?!

People bringing their homegrown vegetables to sell.

Your dirty, stinky Chinatown alley. Sometimes, like today, because of people from the Downtown Eastside, you can smell urine!

On Main St.

Old style Chinese bakery and restaurant

The Chinese Nationalist Party (Kuomintang) Building, I have no idea what they do here...

You can see the Scotia Tower and Sun Tower in the background. Facing towards downtown.

Gore St.


Kin said...

Excellent post, very informative and great pictures to compliment the post. Even though I live in Vancouver, I never went into those buildings before. Sadly I don't have time to go to the "Chinatown Festival", but your post makes up what I have missed.

Adrienne said...

When did you become a gwai lo?

You ought to support Chinatown and purchase ALL your groceries there so it doesn't turn into a Portland Chinatown; because you will start complaining about how it used to be and how sad it has become. lol

Also: "Dim sum, you want or not?!" AHHAHA