Chinatown and the Dr. Sun-Yat Sen Gardens

Vancouver's Chinatown is one the largest in North America and also features the award winning Dr. Sun-Yat Sen Chinese Gardens

Millennium Gate on Pender Street in Chinatown
Millennium Gate on Pender Street in Chinatown

Located near Gastown and the Downtown Vancouver Business District, Chinatown's main historic area occupies a 3 block stretch along both Pender Street and Keefer Street and bordered by Taylor Street to the west and Gore Avenue to the east. This colorful, vibrant neighborhood is home to many authentic Chinese restaurants, markets, businesses and the outstanding Dr. Sun-Yat Sen Classical Chinese Gardens.

The Dr. Sun-Yat Sen Gardens were recently featured in National Geographic as one of the top ten city gardens in the world!

At the western edge of Chinatown, near Stadium SkyTrain Station, is the International Market Shopping Mall which features a variety of Asian themed shops and restaurants often referred to as Tinseltown after the Cinemark Tinseltown Theatres located there.

Tourists are advised to avoid Hastings Street, (one block north of Pender) especially between Abbott Street and Gore Avenue. While this section is safe enough and has a strong police presence, there are a lot of mentally ill, addicted and homeless people making the area undesirable for tourists.

For more information on hours and admission charges at the Dr. Sun-Yat Sen Chinese Gardens visit the website linked below.

Facts For Your Visit

Official Website: Chinatown

Fee: No except for the Chinese Gardens

Category: Local Flavor

Address: 106 Keefer Street
Vancouver, BC V6A 1X4

Phone: +1 604-632-3808


Yelp Rating:
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4 Star Rating Okay, so I really love walking around Chinatown when I'm visiting Vancouver. There are so many interesting shops and things to see! I enjoy popping into the... Read More

Kristin U. May-19-2019

3 Star Rating A few blocks away from Chinatown looked sketchy. We saw the monuments, lots of restaurants and shops, and went into the beautiful Dr. Sun Yat Sen Park. Read More

Andrea U. Sep-05-2019

2 Star Rating Vancouver Chinatown was a disappointment since they are supposed to have a large asian community. Pretty lack luster as far as eventfulness. No liveliness... Read More

Kevin W. Mar-21-2019

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SkyTrain Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Expo LineStadium - Chinatown Station5-7 Minutes

How to get to Chinatown by SkyTrain

No buses needed. From Stadium - Chinatown Station take the Expo Blvd. / Abbott Street exit. Walk to your left just one block north along Abbott to Keefer Street where the entrance to the International Market (Tinseltown) is located. One block farther north is Pender Street. Historic Chinatown including the Millennium Gate and the Dr. Sun-Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden occupies the next 4 blocks to the east along these 2 streets.

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