Posts Tagged ‘Night Market’

Chinese New Year – Year of the Snake.

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

The Chinese new year is soon to be upon us, and Vancouver has an extensive Chinese history that you will see etched into the fabric of the city.

The year of the Snake.
This is the year of The Black Snake, this new year is meant for steady progress and attention to detail, with focus and discipline a necessity in order to achieve what you intend to create.
The Snake is the Sixth Sign of the Chinese Zodiac out of the 12 Zodiacal signs. It is the enigmatic, intuitive, introspective, refined and collected of the Animals Signs. Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen because it means that your family will not starve.

The Chinatown area is certified as an historical area of the city and is located in the North East side Vancouver, just touching the down town core. It is very easy to reach the area, you can just hop on the Number 6 Davie St Bus (a couple of minutes walk from the Sunset Inn and Suites) ride the bus to its very last stop, then you will walk just a couple of blocks east to reach the Chinatown gateway Arch.
There is also the city of Richmond which is an area where many of the Chinese immigrants have settled….between Chinatown and Richmond you will get to experience the very best of the Chinese culture that Vancouver has to offer. During the summer months you can enjoy the Chinese night markets in both locations.

Information on the 18th Downtown Chinatown Night Market – 2013 Season.

The Richmond Night Market 2013

Chinese New Year celebrations in Vancouver/Richmond.
This year the Chinese Benevolent Association hosts the 40th Chinese New Year celebrations, and as always we anticipate that this event will be spectacular as always.
The festival will be held on Sunday February 17th and it will feature many Chinese Dragons, cultural Dance Troupes, amazing Martial Arts spectacles, with live music and much much more…

Click on the route map below to see where you can catch the Parade.

The official beginning of the festivities for the Chinese New Year begins on February 10th.

There will also be a celebratory festival occurring on February 16th and 17th. The Fair will be located at the Sun Yat-Sen Plaza (50 East Pender Street) on both days. This celebrative fair will feature multicultural performances, special lion dance grand finale, martial arts demonstration and more.

The Sun Yat Sen gardens are a must see when you go to Chinatown.

Come on down to the Night market and other attractions at Vancouver Chinatown.

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

The Chinese have a long history with Canada and Vancouver especially around 1880 and 1920 where thousands of Chinese immigrants made their way to Canada, they were to settle in this area of the city, where it was commonly known as either Shanghai Alley or Cantonese Alley, much of the area was built around a 500 seat Theatre that was built by the Chinese in 1898, and from there the town grew and Flourished.

The town went into decline and disrepair during the 1980s, partly due to the Cantonese population moving elsewhere within the Vancouver metropolis, however, since 1986 and the Expo event the town became revitalised. Nowadays, the Town is undergoing some major changes, upgrading and economical boost, in part due to wealthier peoples from Asia and specifically Hong Kong, setting up business and real estate. This has created a boom in more modern upscale restaurants and homes within the neighbourhood.

What attractions you should see in Chinatown?
Dr Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Gardens
Chinese Cultural Centre Museam and Archives
China Gate
Chinese Night Market
The Chinese Night Market officially opens on May 17th. This has to be one of the highlights of the summer season in Vancouver, and definitely a must go see attraction. There are plenty of vibrant and colourful stalls with excellent food , and plenty of items such as clothing, crockery and jeweler for sale, all at a fantastic price too!!!

Chinatown can be easily reached via bus, foot or Cab, the Number 6 bus will take you very close to the area, or a Cab ride itself will cost around $15, if you are feeling energetic – walking there will take around 45 minutes from The Sunset Inn.