Spin the Wheel of Fortune in Vancouver’s Chinatown

Photo Credit: Flickr – Anthony Maw

For both visitors and locals, Vancouver’s Chinatown is an ideal neighbourhood to visit due to its historical significance, as well as its present offerings in terms of shopping, dining, and entertainment.

This Saturday, the Vancouver Chinatown Business Improvement Area (VCBIA) is encouraging everyone to (re)discover Chinatown in a unique gift promotion.

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Spin the Wheel of Fortune in Vancouver’s Chinatown

The 2017 Winter Solstice Lantern Festival Lights up the Darkest Day of the Year

winter solstice lantern festival 2017

Image courtesy of ItzaFineDay | Flickr.com

If the days are feeling shorter than usual, that’s because we’re slowly inching towards the shortest day of the year – winter solstice. Thursday, December 21 marks the start of the winter – the day with the smallest amount of daylight. Luckily, this just means that we’re getting closer and closer to summer!

To celebrate the winter solstice, Vancouver is hosting the 24th annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival, a series of community events on Thursday, December 21, 2017, that feature food, music and fire performances at night. The festival helps to make the ‘darkest day of the year’ a bit more bright.

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The 2017 Winter Solstice Lantern Festival Lights up the Darkest Day of the Year

Where to ring in the Lunar New Year in Vancouver

12 Girls Band performs at the Orpheum Feb. 19.

The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, is the most important traditional holiday in China. Also known as the Lunar New Year, it begins Feb. 16, 2018, and marks the beginning of the Year of the Dog. Here are a few ways to celebrate in Vancouver.

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Where to ring in the Lunar New Year in Vancouver

21 Spots in Vancouver to Snap That Show-Off Instagram Pic

Vancouver Lookout | photo: @kat_m_palumb

populistPopulist is Vancouver’s cinematic city guide, showcasing everything that’s happening in the city through video – Your hub for where to go, what to do and who to see. Populist is run by Film and TV Producer, Rebecca Traub and Broadcast Journalist, Blanca Blandon (aka YinYang). Follow the fun at thisispopulist.com.

Instagram has become the world’s best digital photo album where you get to show off your wicked photography skills (or ability to use a filter from an app). Thankfully, Vancouver is one of those cities that doesn’t take much to make it look good with it’s beautiful natural colors, mountains tops and hipster brick and modern style. These are the best spots to get a solid show-off pic for your IG account.

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21 Spots in Vancouver to Snap That Show-Off Instagram Pic

Summer Happenings at Vancouver’s Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Group at Dr Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Gardens

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is not just one of the best known Vancouver’s tourist attractions but a home to many art exhibitions, concerts and interesting workshops. This summer an exciting line-up of events promises to entertain, teach and even get your hands dirty.

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Summer Happenings at Vancouver’s Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

“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