Chinatown & Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens, Vancouver, BC

Chinatown in Vancouver, British Columbia is Canada’s largest Chinatown .

This is an easy walking tour neighborhood, relatively flat and everything is within a couple of blocks.

We focus on specific settings and techniques for:

Candid people street photography
Story telling / photojournalism
Travel walk around exposure settings


Few neighbourhoods in Vancouver embody the city’s history, diverse cultures and vibrant future like Chinatown. Located on the eastern side of downtown Vancouver, its roots trace to the late 1800s, when early Chinese immigrants, who arrived to work on B.C.’s railroads and in the mines, were settled in a ghetto on the edge of the city. With time, the neighbourhood grew into a proud centre of Chinese culture, home to traditional restaurants, markets, temples and gardens, as well as a booming business district. Today, Chinatown reflects this rich heritage but is also in the midst of a renaissance, with trendy bars and restaurants reclaiming historic spaces.

Lot’s of local residents and adventurous tourists make the people watching and street photography fun and easy.  Unique shops with unusual food and clothing items are great for detail shots and story telling techniques.

Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is the first of its kind ever built outside of China and voted the best city garden in Canada. This ornate landscape of jade-colored ponds, stone pathways and traditional tings and halls was built in 1986 by 52 Chinese craftsmen. Nearly all of the materials — from rare hardwoods to the special weathered limestone used in the ponds — were brought over from China. Today, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden offers a refuge of tranquility in the midst of a busy city.

Book your spot today!  Or choose a private tour to match your schedule.