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As North America’s third-largest Chinatown, this neighbourhood is packed with vivid colours, exotic cuisine and a vibrant culture, rich in history and architecture. Located just to the east of downtown, highlights include Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, the Sam Kee Building (the world's narrowest commercial building) and the Chinese Cultural Centre.

In recent years, the neighbourhood has seen a younger generation of the city’s Asian population move in, resulting in an influx of modern galleries, cutting-edge restaurants and cafes setting up shop.

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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
The Sam Kee Building
Millenium Gate


Chinatown is the best place in Vancouver to buy freshly-prepared Asian delicacies from moon cake to roasted duck. Centred on Pender Street, it is surrounded by Gastown and the Downtown Financial and Central Business Districts to the west, the Downtown Eastside to the north, the remnant of old Japantown to the northeast, and the residential neighbourhood of Strathcona to the east.
Chinatown was once known for its neon signs but like the rest of the city lost many of the spectacular signs to changing times and a new sign by law passed in 1974. The last of these was the Ho Ho sign (which showed a rice bowl and chop sticks) which was removed in 1997.

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