Things to do in Vancouver Along the Skytrain Route
Vancouver Chinatown Landmarks
1. Vancouver Chinatown Millenium Gate - West Pender Street, near Carrall Street. A symbol of the past and future to commemorate your "Journey in Time."
2. Century's Winds of Change Mural - 11 West Pender Street. A historical depiction of Chinese in Canada from 1858 to the present.
3. Shanghai Alley - Access from West Pender & Carrall Streets. The earliest Chinese immigrants settled in Shanghai and Canton Alleys between 1890-1920.
4. West Han Dynasty Bell - Shanghai Alley Near West Pender Street. This bell was a gift from the City of Guangzhou to the City of Vancouver commemorating 15th anniversary of the twinning of the two cities.
5. Sam Kee Building - 8 West Pender Street. Until very recently this was the world's shallowest building at only 6 feet wide including 2nd floor bay windows.
7. China Gate - 50 East Pender Street. Previously part of the China Pavilion at Vancouver's Expo 86 today it's the gate to Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver.
8. Chinese Zodiac Mosaic - Between China Gate and the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden. The animals of the Chinese Zodiac are represented in mosaics in the courtyard.
9. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. This is the first Ming Dynasty Scholars Garden built outside of China and the golden flower of Vancouver's Chinatown. A must-see.
10. Chinese Cultural Centre Museum and Archives - 555 Columbia Street. Dedicated to preserving and promoting the history of Chinese Canadians and fostering an appreciation of traditional and contemporary Chinese art.
11. The Monument of Canadian Chinese - Corner of Keefer & Columbia Streets. The monument is in the shape of the Chinese character "zhong," symbolizing moderation and harmony. There are two bronze statues next to the character; a railroad worker and a Canadian Chinese WWII soldier.
12. Chinatown Plaza Neon Sign - Corner of Keefer and Quebec Streets. A 45-foot neon sign at Chinatown Plaza. The bilingual sign reads "Chinatown Plaza" in English and "Chinatown welcomes you" in Chinese.
13. Chinatown Abacus. Keefer Street near Taylor Street. A large abacus work of art with beads of British Columbia jade.
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