It is a genuine place with hotels, shops, markets and culture. Virtually every building replicates an Eastern model without a trace of self-consciousness, and written Chinese characters are featured everywhere in preference to English.
Striking and somewhat of a surprise after visiting with downtown's skyscrapers and fancy shops , the district helps explain why Hong Kong immigrants continue to be attracted to the city of Vancouver. Take note, it is a district with a different edge, visitors and locals should try to stay away from the area's darker streets when night falls and certain parts of East Hastings just about any time.
During the summer, on weekend evenings, Keefer and Pender Streets become a busy open-air night market. If you have time try some yummy egg rolls or some dim sum at one of the many small fabulous Chinese restaurants.
Vancouver's Chinatown is the place to visit for a taste of Chinese culture and it is recommended to browse through the fascinating shops or stroll through the fresh market called T&T Supermarket to truly get the true vibe of Chinatown.
Try consulting a traditional Chinese medicine herbalist or take your photo in front of the massive Han Dynasty Bell in Shanghai Alley. There are many waking tours that will take you around Chinatown so you can explore cuisines, shopping, architecture and the culture.