Thursday, 4 April 2013

Vancouver's Chinatown



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Chinatown in Vancouver is an intriguing mix of antique and modern. Some of the buildings date back to the 19th century, and there are plenty of traditional stores filled with boxes and jars of esoteric ingredients. But there's also a large, modern mall which still manages to be very Chinese.  And the ladies and gentlemen silently practising qigong at the side of the road could have come from any era.

In addition to providing us with a great lunch at Jade Dynasty and an enjoyable stroll in the peaceful Sun Yat-Sen garden, Vancouver's Chinatown was just a fascinating place to explore. Everything really is set up exclusively for the Chinese community (there's no translation on the majority of signs). We loved the murals, and the mosaic zodiac was another low-key highlight.

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7 comments:

Rebecca Jerdee said...

Yoga class on the sidewalk? :)

Pauline Persing said...

I enjoy your mini travelogues. So many interesting places in this world.

Elizabeth Braun said...

Quite a lot of it actually looks like the real thing, doesn't it? The door grilles, the boxes of stuff at the market stall etc, all remind me very much of life in Taiwan.

Doreen Bates Zakem said...

thanks for the tour around. great way to travel when you can't afford to go in person!! lol I like the tile designs on the sidewalks.

christine said...

how wonderful it looks:) I'll bet you wanted to pick up and smell all those interesting goodies on display!

Rachel said...

Love that dragon mosaic!

Charlotte Klein said...

Great pictures. Especially love the meditation circle photo at the very end. I've only been to the Chinatown in NYC (lived close to it briefly) and I always loved the sights and sounds. Very exciting place to be :)

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