Chinese New Year in Vancouver
Now in its 45th year, the Chinese New Year Spring Festival in Vancouver’s Chinatown is one of the best events in the city. Whether you’re with a partner, flying solo or with the whole family, Chinatown is one of the must-visit spots in Vancouver, BC. Consider checking into a Vancouver hotel that’s close to the action, and you’ll be within walking distance to plenty of family-friendly events in this historic neighborhood.
Chinese New Year Parade
If you’re looking for things to do in Vancouver in the spring, you’ll want to check out their vibrant Chinese New Year Festival. The parade is certainly the highlight of the festival, and best of all it’s a fun, free event that the whole family can enjoy. It typically takes place in mid-February and starts at 11 am and runs for about two hours. The parade features plenty of free performances, bands, dancing and many colorful sights. What’s more, it’s a perfect opportunity to learn about the city’s history and cultural background, of which the Asian community has had a strong cultural hold through the entire city’s history. Check the website for event details, maps and times.
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
When passing through Chinatown in Vancouver, you must pay a visit through the Sun Yat-Sen Chinese garden, a peaceful gem in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city. The garden, built in 1985, is a beautiful example of what private gardens would have looked like in Suzhou in the Ming Dynasty. Take a tour and learn about the fascinating history and symbolism behind the exquisite garden design, which incorporates elements of Feng Shui and Taoism. There’s a paid section as well as a free part, so if you’re on a budget or in a rush, you can just sit by the pond for a few moments and rest. Don’t forget to visit the tiny gift shop on your way through.
Vancouver Police Museum
The Vancouver Police Museum offers a fascinating glimpse into the city’s crime and forensic history. It’s a tiny gem located on the edge of Chinatown, and though fascinating, it’s not for the faint of heart. This place is filled with macabre artifacts and stories from Vancouver’s Police department, detailing unsolved mysteries and bizarre crime cases, as well as a glimpse into the city’s old morgue. It’s is also home to an extensive database of historical archives. The museum is a registered charity, and all proceeds go directly to the Vancouver Police Historical Society.
Treasure Green Tea Company
Tea lovers can’t miss a chance to stop into Chinatown’s Treasure Green Tea Company, where you’ll be greeted with an authentic experience of a traditional tea ceremony. Visit the shop and others around it to pick up some unique souvenirs for your family and friends.
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