VANCOUVER TRAVEL GUIDE
WALKING TOUR – VANCOUVER CHINATOWN
SNOW DAY FEBRUARY 13, 2021
GUTOM WALKS Vancouver Chinatown. Recorded February 13, 2021 around lunch time. This walk starts at West Pender Street goes to Main Street, and Keefer. Chinatown is generally safe however on this walk there are a few dodgy characters. Be aware of your surroundings!
Vancouver Chinatown Millennium Gate
Established in 2002, the Chinatown Gate is a grand entrance welcoming visitors to Chinatown.
This is the first real Snow Day for the city and Lower Mainland. Looks like the city did a good job clearing the roads. Chinatown should be celebrating Lunar New Year but was hit hard by the pandemic. No parade, lion dance, or firecrackers this year.
Vancouver’s Chinatown has many historic buildings like the Jack Chow Insurance Sam Kee Building. Many old heritage buildings in this area and on Hastings Street.
Chinese Cultural Centre and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden are closed during the pandemic. Popular tourist attractions in the summer and during Chinese New Year.
REVIEWED ON GUTOM – NEW TOWN BAKERY.
One of Vancouver’s oldest businesses. Established in the 80s, and most famous for the steamed bao buns, and various other Cantonese pastries and cuisine.
Chinatown is right next to skid row. If you turn left you will end up on Hastings Street in The Downtown Eastside, with lots of historic buildings like Carnegie Centre. However, due to the drug problem, it’s not a recommended tourist destination.
REVIEWED ON GUTOM – KENT’S KITCHEN
Kent’s Kitchen for cheap and good Chinese Take-out.
DODGY #1 – BIG NO NO! Panhandler asking for money. This woman is opening her purse/wallet. The panhandler is saying that the money was not enough and demanded more! GUTOM TIP: Opening your wallet out in the streets in front of an addict panhandler is NOT SAFE.
DODGY #2 – Yelling, swearing, tripping out.
On this day there were quite a few addicts yelling random things.
DODGY #3 – THEFT! Don’t wear a camera around your neck! Be aware of who’s around you and if they’re eyeing your stuff especially groups of people. Don’t let your stuff become stolen-goods! Keep distance from sketchy people.
Overall, a nice snow day in Vancouver’s Chinatown. Always remember to be careful and aware of your surroundings especially if you’re taking pictures. You never know who could be watch you!