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Vancouver Chinatown

Vancouver Chinatown

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965 Reviews
Free admission
Keefer and Pender Streets, Vancouver

The Basics

Vancouver Chinatown is one of Vancouver’s most distinctive and fascinating neighborhoods, one that’s a rewarding place to eat, shop, and wander. Explore as part of food tours, which not only show off key landmarks such as the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, but also include tastings of barbecue meats, dim sum, tea, and other Chinese delicacies. Many walking tours and bike tours pass through Chinatown and neighboring Gastown; hop-on hop-off buses and sightseeing coach tours also make stops here.

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A Wok Around Chinatown: Culinary and Cultural Walking Tour Led by a Chef
A Wok Around Chinatown: Culinary and Cultural Walking Tour Led by a Chef
$91.79 per adult
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China walking tour
Bob, our tour guide was fantastic. Very knowledgeable, entertains, and interesting. Highly recommend him!!
Jacob_P, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Vancouver

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Great tour!
Madison_F, Aug 2021
A Wok Around Chinatown: Culinary and Cultural Walking Tour Led by a Chef
The tour with Bob was amazing! I learned a lot about Chinese culture and Chinese-Canadian history, and tried some delicious food. I really enjoyed touring the Chinese Garden.
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Amazing tour of culture, history and food
Norma_K, Aug 2021
A Wok Around Chinatown: Culinary and Cultural Walking Tour Led by a Chef
I would highly recommend A Wok Around Chinatown with Bob to everyone. I learned history of Chinatown and Chinese philosophy, culture and food. This was the best tour I have taken anywhere regarding Chinese culture. Bob is so knowledgeable that he brings history to life. To experience history and culture as it relates to food was amazing. Thank you Bob for making our trip to Vancouver memorable.
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Simply fantastic!
MarieEve_V, Jul 2021
A Wok Around Chinatown: Culinary and Cultural Walking Tour Led by a Chef
We had a wonderful tour of Vancouver Chinatown with Robert. He is so knowledgeable, passionate and friendly. It is truly one of the best tours we had in vacation. A special mention for the visit at the Chinese garden and all the excellent food that we discovered with Robert. My husband and I are highly recommended this tour!
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Great overview of city and parks
cassieee, Dec 2019
Vancouver City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
This was well worth the time and cost! The park tour was great and lasted about 2 hours. The city tour was 1 hour. Wonderful introduction to the city! Good way to spend a few hours when the weather is a bit cold! Bus driver was the guide and he did a great job.
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Vancouver
winghtse, Oct 2019
Vancouver City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Wait time of hop on hop off bus is longer than I anticipated but I was able to visit all sightseeing spots that I had planned.
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Fascinating and delicious experience.
Sheilagh_O, Aug 2021
A Wok Around Chinatown: Culinary and Cultural Walking Tour Led by a Chef
Bob is a delight. He personalized his talk to connect to each of his guests. Bob is highly knowledgeable, entertaining and considerate. A fabulous and fascinating tour. Highly recommended!
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Great cultural experience
Michelle_P, Aug 2021
A Wok Around Chinatown: Culinary and Cultural Walking Tour Led by a Chef
Bob was incredibly knowledgeable on the history and culture of Chinatown. More food sampling during the tour would have been appreciated. The food and guide were excellent.
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Best way to see the city on a short visit
kljwalles, Oct 2019
Vancouver City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Best way to explore the city on a short visit. Really enjoyed Stanley Park and Granville Island. The complimentary ferry hop over to Granville Island was much appreciated.
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A great tour for food and culture lovers
Peter, May 2021
A Wok Around Chinatown: Culinary and Cultural Walking Tour Led by a Chef
A great walking tour for those who want to learn more about Chinatown, Chinese culture and, of course, food! Our guide was very knowledgeable and we really enjoyed the experience.
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Good way to see the city
Ronald M, Sep 2019
Vancouver City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
We enjoyed it. It was informative and a good way to see the city. We were short on time so we only did the city tour. Next time we’ll take the park tour.
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Good guides tour
Angelique_F, Sep 2020
Vancouver City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
I was not sure if it was worth it due to the covid situation. Contrary to many reviews, the sound was good but it depends on the driver and their headset (some are easier to understand than others) For the moment there are no earphone, the driver talks through a headset and speakers The route is different than it usually is, you can see the correct map online, make note of where you hop off bacause you have to go back at the same spot to be picked up. There arent signs at every stop since its a new route. The tour does not go directly to Granville island, you can hop off at the bridge to granville island and walk up there. This tour is best as a guided tour rather than a means of transportation because of the current reduced hours and frequency. On hop on hop off tours, I normally take the full tour once, and then hop off at each stop to visit. The tour runs every hour from 10am to 4pm, that means 7 tours in total, so you pretty much have time to take the full tour once, hop off and 1 place and visit and take the bus back. So if you were thinking visiting each stop, that wont really be possible But again, it's a good guided tour of the city. I think the price is reasonnable too for a 2 hour sightseeing commented tour.
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Could not have been more pleased with this tour.
306walterk, Oct 2019
A Wok Around Chinatown: Culinary and Cultural Walking Tour Led by a Chef
Unexpected lessons on how the Chinese culture relates to how and why food choices and customs have been established. A very well thought out and easily to follow trip through Chinese history and how food relates to everything. A dive into Chinese principles, medicine, customs and food. A great lunch and a few snacks along the way rounded out one of the best days in our entire 2 week trip.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Vancouver Chinatown is a must for foodies and history buffs.

  • Arrive hungry; there are myriad excellent bakeries, restaurants, and cafés in Chinatown.

  • Some attractions, such as the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens, are wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

Chinatown is situated in East Vancouver, next to the downtown neighborhoods of Gastown and Yaletown. The main thoroughfares are Main, Pender, and Keefer. To get there using public transport, ride the SkyTrain to the Main Street–Science World station.

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When to Get There

Vancouver Chinatown is at its most atmospheric during the annual Chinese New Year celebrations, which typically fall between late January and late February. Celebrations usually include a parade complete with lion dancers and marching bands.

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Chinatown’s Must-See Sights

Probably the most photographed landmark in Vancouver’s Chinatown is the Chinatown Millennium Gate, a lion-guarded gate that marks the entrance to the district. And although it’s small, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and adjacent park, which includes a pagoda and koi pond, serves as a peaceful sanctum—the perfect hideaway from the busy streets.

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