So in honor of Chinese New Year, I thought I’d take you along on our recent visit to Chinatown in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. For two gloriously quiet nights (we left the kids with my family) my husband and I snuck away north, passports in hand and umbrellas at the ready. (Yes, it rained every day we were there, obscuring the mountains but not our enthusiasm.)
Here’s a fact for the “who knew?” file: Vancouver has the largest population of Chinese people outside of, well, China. Driving through the city (whether by car or “sky train”), this becomes obvious in a hurry. The number of Chinese language storefront signs is far greater than the number of English storefronts.
The actual area of Vancouver known as “Chinatown” isn’t huge compared to the vastness that is Vancouver, but it is enjoyable to walk around, eating, buying, sniffing and experiencing all that is Vancouver’s Chinatown. You are truly in a different culture in a land where we speak the same language…to a degree. In Chinatown, proper, you hear more Chinese than English…which is not at all surprising and perfectly understandable.
We had a lovely time.
PS – I’ll post about Vancouver again in the near future…there is so much more to the city!