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Historical Chinatown Tours, Vancouver

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Run by a guide with a master's degree in Chinese Canadian history, Historical Chinatown Tours offer an important glimpse into history and a chance to visit many heritage buildings. These tours are extremely customizable and can be tailored to meet your needs--just tell your guide what you wish to see and she'll arrange the trip accordingly. As you explore, you'll have an opportunity to visit an herbal store, a traditional tailor shop, and a restaurant with over a century of history in the same location. Learn more about the operator and the tour online, or contact Judy by e-mail to ask questions or discuss special tour requirements. To visit Historical Chinatown Tours on your trip to Vancouver, use our Vancouver trip planner.
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  • On a freezing cold and snowy day, two of us took the walking tour with the history of Chinatown and a delicious dim sum lunch. We appreciated Judy accommodating us even in that weather. We... 
    On a freezing cold and snowy day, two of us took the walking tour with the history of Chinatown and a delicious dim sum lunch. We appreciated Judy accommodating us even in that weather. We...  more »
  • Judy is an excellent tour guide! She has a wealth of knowledge about the history of Chinatown and Vancouver. I had such a fun day experiencing the hidden gems of Chinatown. We were able to view many.....  more
    Judy is an excellent tour guide! She has a wealth of knowledge about the history of Chinatown and Vancouver. I had such a fun day experiencing the hidden gems of Chinatown. We were able to view many.....  more »
  • Having Dim sun—very different choices than the norm. Great learning experience. The entire walk around Chinatown was wonderful. Having been there before, I can say we definitely learned and saw so... 
    Having Dim sun—very different choices than the norm. Great learning experience. The entire walk around Chinatown was wonderful. Having been there before, I can say we definitely learned and saw so...  more »
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  • I booked a Dumpling Masterclass to celebrate mine and my boyfriend’s third anniversary, and we were both absolutely blown away by the experience! It was educational, engaging, and delicious. Not only did we get to learn a bit about transnational Chinese migration and Chinatowns all over the world, but Judy wove in a bit of her family history and stories about local shops/stores which made the experience so much more personal and special. It was really nice to walk around Chinatown and learn about the clan associations and meeting different shop owners and chefs. We were greeted so warmly (and once even with a free sample!). It was clear Judy is very well-known and loved in the neighbourhood. The venue was warm, well-lit, clean, and super nice aesthetically. The ingredients were very fresh, and Judy is an awesome teacher. She gave us clear directions and made great conversation, but also gave my boyfriend and I space/time to ourselves to fold our dumplings and laugh together, which we really appreciated. I’m sure it goes without saying, but the dumplings (and all the dipping sauces) were fantastic. Judy has a warm, outgoing personality and a great sense of humour. She went above and beyond, making it a super special night that we’ll never forget!
  • I booked Judy for a walking tour of Chinatown for a group of grade 9 and 11 students. What a memorable experience! Judy knows Chinatown like the back of her hand and regaled us with history, insider info and access to many fascinating buildings that would otherwise be out of reach. She is personable, energetic and clearly very passionate, which makes her tours engaging for people of all ages. I am born and raised in east van and left the tour with so much knowledge! The afternoon was inspiring and I will make this an annual field trip for my grande 9 social studies students.
  • I grew up going every weekend to Chinatown with my parents. I have moved away since, but I wanted to show Chinatown to my children and the history it had. Judy was fantastic. She was very knowledgeable and showed a passion towards the Chinese community. There were many buildings we went in that I never knew that existed. And we ended the day with making dumplings. It was fun and delicious. We all had fun that day.
  • My partner and I had a wonderful tour with Judy. She was very accommodating when I made a payment for a tour, but for some reason she did not receive the payment due to the the third party that deals with the payments. She was able to coordinate a time to do the tour despite everything, which was really appreciated. The tour could not have been any better because it was really great to learn about Chinatown while being able to see all the historical buildings that are really hidden in plain sight due to the vagrancy issues in that area. Making dumplings with Judy was so fun and informative. Also, the dumplings were soo good! I would recommend everyone to give this tour a try.
  • We did the tour as a surprise birthday gift for my wife, with friends and our adult daughter. We all loved Judy's telling of the history, architecture, and current state of affairs of Vancouver's Chinatown. We saw and learned so many interesting things about Vancouver's Chinatown that we never would have known without someone like Judy who is so connected in so many ways to Vancouver's Chinatown. We also loved how Judy's storytelling connected to Chinatowns around the world and the indigneous and Sikh experiences of immigration to Canada. Also, we all loved the dim sum choices by Judy. The tour and Judy were awesome! I will be recommending the tour to all my friends.

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