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.