We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Neighbourhoods
Neighbourhoods
Get directions
Address: Prior and Powell Streets, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5K2, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 604-418-8560
Website
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
Description:

A bustling community started by Chinese immigrant laborers in the 1880s,...

A bustling community started by Chinese immigrant laborers in the 1880s, Chinatown today is vibrant and full of exotic sights, sounds and smells.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
US$165.68*
and up
Full Day Best of Vancouver Private City Tour and Wine Tasting
More Info
US$236.69*
and up
Full Day Best of Vancouver Private City and Gardens Tour
More Info
US$69.96*
and up
A Wok Around Chinatown: Culinary and Cultural Walking Tour

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 601 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 46
    Excellent
  • 83
    Very good
  • 93
    Average
  • 98
    Poor
  • 143
    Terrible
Whats happening here?

We wanted to visit a Chinatown to see how it is after so many years. We were disappointed cos it seems small. There were not many restaurants and we could only eat at one small... read more

2 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 September 2015
LUVBALIBEACH
,
Singapore
Add Photo Write a Review

601 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 463: English reviews
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Level Contributor
65 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2015

A must-see in Vancouver! Lots of markets with all kinds of foods and goods. Plenty of shopping for the tourists! The people were very friendly. Make sure you check out the gardens!

Helpful?
Thank Cat R
Singapore
Level Contributor
258 reviews
143 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 277 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2015

We wanted to visit a Chinatown to see how it is after so many years. We were disappointed cos it seems small. There were not many restaurants and we could only eat at one small restaurant. The tim sum was not up to our standards. There were also many homeless people around. There was a guy who seems to be... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank LUVBALIBEACH
Boulder, Colorado
Level Contributor
747 reviews
278 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 286 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2015 via mobile

We walked from Gastown to Chinatown for some Chinese food. What we found was a dirty part of Vancouver with trash on the sidewalks. Every where we walked we found homeless people in groups and begging for money. We promptly headed back to Gastown. I would not trust going to Chinatown at night.

Helpful?
1 Thank Paul T
Reading, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
86 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2015

This is not a nice place and I did not feel safe walking around here even during the day. It is a world away from the money and wealth of down town Vancouver. I could not believe the amount of beggers and homeless people in this area, its the other side of North America you see on the news regarding... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank ColumbusCompass
NYC
Level Contributor
121 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015 via mobile

The Chinatown in downtown Vancouver is not worth visiting. Small, run-down and not much to see. There are some restaurants, stores selling knick knacks and stores selling dried herbs and food. There's nothing in the way of fresh produce from what I could see. There are also some unsavory blocks right near Chinatown so be forewarned as you walk around.... More 

Helpful?
Thank MsMNyc
Surrey England
Level Contributor
25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2015

Got off the skytrain at ChinaTown station thinking we would experience Chinese culture. What we saw were the homeless. Not ma y restaurants..

Helpful?
1 Thank BobR53
Horsham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
55 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2015

Despite our guide book listing this as an exotic part of town to visit we were very disappointed. There are a lot of homeless people and we saw people dealing drugs so it felt unsafe. Even the Chineses businesses still there were mainly herbalists or tacky gift shops so I wouldn't bother visiting this area.

Helpful?
1 Thank Dee W
Seattle, Washington
Level Contributor
139 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2015

A large Chinatown but less of a tourist destination and more of a real working and busy Chinatown neighborhood. Plenty of good restaurants, the Sun Yat-sen gardens, and the train station are all located in this area close to Vancouver's East side. Not as clean or as picturesque as the West End or Yaletown, go hungry to Chinatown and grab... More 

Helpful?
Thank Lance S
Columbus, New Jersey
Level Contributor
52 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2015

I was very disappointed with Vancouver's Chinatown. The concierge did recommend to visit. The area is so worn down and you and your friends do not feel safe there. There are some rough parts if you go down too far. We went to the bakery store and the service was not good and sometimes rude. Anyways, the newer Asian community... More 

Helpful?
3 Thank jcpcac
Vancouver, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2015

The Jump for joy Photo Mural has been removed from its Chinatown location aka The Wall of Joy is now located on the West wall of The Arco Hotel at 81 West Pender Street (facing Abbott St) AND it's double the size of the original!

Helpful?
Thank jumpforjoyphoto

Travellers who viewed Chinatown also viewed

Vancouver, British Columbia
 
Vancouver, British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia
 

Been to Chinatown? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Chinatown and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Chinatown staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?

Staying in Chinatown

Neighbourhood Profile
Chinatown
With the recent exodus of massive new building projects hitting the neighbourhood, Chinatown; which has always been one of the city's most vibrant areas; is even more buzzing and buoyant than ever before. Playing host to some of the city's best pan-Asian cuisine, from fusion food to traditional home-cooking, Chinatown has remained faithful to its roots as a space which clambers with shop signs and welcomes diners to the table. More that that, it has a hip experimental vibe to it, with trendy pop-ups and catchall market shops. The biggest of Canada's Chinatowns, it is also home to an expansive Chinese garden whose manicured grounds inspire and delight, its ponds and pagodas drawing walkers in for an stroll. Take in the red streetlights, the playful awnings, and the upbeat air that suffuse this area.
Explore this neighbourhood