The water under Chinatown

Gate_3797

Today’s Chinatown was settled by early Chinese immigrants between 1890-1920, and its history is as long as the city’s as a whole (Vancouver was established in 1886).

The water mains that run below Pender Street were installed in these early years of Chinatown, and are now nearly 100 years old and are some of the oldest pipes in the city. Over time, underground pipes deteriorate, and each year around 6,500 metres of water main are replaced in Vancouver to ensure that places like Chinatown’s great restaurants and businesses can continue to enjoy Vancouver’s great quality water.

Continue reading:
The water under Chinatown

“Vancouver Special” Home Exhibit Reflects on City’s Real Estate Boom

Photo sourced from yourvancouverrealestate.ca

Photo sourced from yourvancouverrealestate.ca

The term “Vancouver Special” refers to a style of home design in the city popular from the ’60s through the ’80s.  These two-storey houses, often with brick and stucco facades, aren’t much to look at, architecturally speaking.  But they were designed to be affordable and to maximize square footage on small lots, important features for the influx of immigrants and other buyers who snatched them up.

Now, a new exhibit by artist Ken Lum – best known locally for designing the iconic East Van cross – is looking back at the heyday of the Vancouver Special, with a bit of nostalgia for a bygone era of affordability in the city.  Titled Vancouver Especially, the exhibit consists of a scale model of a Vancouver Special-style home, built on a vacant plot of land on the edge of Vancouver’s Chinatown.   Continue reading:
“Vancouver Special” Home Exhibit Reflects on City’s Real Estate Boom

Walking Vancouver: The Tour Guys’ Chinatown and Strathcona Tour

Vancouver's Millennium Gate in Chinatown

Vancouver’s Millennium Gate in Chinatown; Image by Lesley Mirza

One of the best ways to really get to know a city is by getting outside and walking. And in Vancouver, due to its fabulous “walkability,” you don’t need a car to explore some of the best sights our beautiful city has to offer.

Whether you’re hoping to gain a sense of our rich history, spot our stunning architecture, learn more about a particular topic, or discover where the best grub is, we highly recommend taking a guided walking tour — and there are lots of great ones to choose from. Continue reading:
Walking Vancouver: The Tour Guys’ Chinatown and Strathcona Tour

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Loads of community block parties and music events this Friday through Sunday!  Start planning with our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend… and aye, don’t forget it’s International Talk Like A Pirate Day on Friday!

Continue reading:
Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Dragon in the Garden: Vikram Vij dishes up support for Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

rsz_food

Do you love Chinese classical gardens and lion dances or crave a Rajasthani style spicy goat served up to the pulsing sounds of Bhangra? If you answered yes, then Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden’s fundraiser ‘Dragon in the Garden’ September 13 is the place to satisfy your cross-cultural yearnings.

From 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on September 13, aromas of dishes usually prepared at world-renowned restaurants Vij’s and Rangoli will waft through the air at the intersection of Carrall and East Pender Street.

Fans of Vij’s and the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden will gather for an evening of cultural performance and food during Dragon in the Garden.  Continue reading:
Dragon in the Garden: Vikram Vij dishes up support for Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden