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Get to Know Vancouver’s Historic Chinatown

November 08, 2016
Vancouver’s Chinatown is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city of Vancouver.

It is a historic city which is nationally-recognized by Canadians and many tourists. Chinatown in Vancouver is full of Canadian history and packed with interesting facts.

Many people are unaware of the historic depth Chinatown holds. With 40 percent of Vancouver’s population consisting of immigrants, Vancouver’s Chinatown is one of the largest Chinatown’s in North America.

Vancouver’s Chinatown is a National Historic Site

Canada has a total of 976 national historic sites and Vancouver’s Chinatown is part of that list. Chinatown made the list because it is both the largest and the oldest Chinatown in the country of Canada.

When Chinatown was developed in the 1800’s, it was home to just 90 residents. Over the course of many years, it has expanded and drawn more people in as permanent residents, now home to thousands of people.

Famous Century-Old Restaurant

Salli Pateman is the owner of Sai Woo, a local restaurant in Chinatown. However, this restaurant is considered precious historic cargo for a variety of reasons.

  • The restaurant originally opened in 1925 and has been a hit over the past few decades. The menu is based off of a modern-day take on traditional Chinese cuisine.

The hardwood floors in the dining room are the original floors which is one of many attempts the restaurant has made to stay true to its origins.

The restaurant has done a lot of work in recent years, even though changing ownership, to better serve the residents of Chinatown.

Legendary Resident Bill Wong

One incredible aspect of the Vancouver Chinatown is a 93 year old resident named Bill Wong. Bill Wong is well-known and well-loved in Chinatown.

Wong has lived in Chinatown for his entire life. His family established a business in the neighborhood over 100 years ago called “Modernize Tailors.” The business was passed onto Wong in the 1950’s and he has ran the business ever since. His business is now the only tailor shop left in the neighborhood.

At 93, Wong is doing whatever he can to keep that up.

Vancouver has so much to offer and Chinatown is a glimpse into the rich history and uniqueness of Vancouver.

Although many tourists travel to see Chinatown, many permanent residents of Canada travel to Chinatown frequently.

If you are considering planning a move to Canada, contact us at Highland Worldwide Movers Vancouver to help.