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When Judy Lam Maxwell, the owner of Chinatown historical tours, guides her three-hour food and walking tours of Vancouver’s Chinatown ($ 100), she introduces travelers to the neighborhood’s private heritage buildings that once served Chinese immigrants, who came in the late 1800s to build the Way to transcontinental iron from Canada. They hosted associations that provided housing, banking services, social events and protection against discrimination.

“It’s fun to come in and see the elders playing mahjong and the interior of these buildings, which are like museums,” said Ms Lam Maxwell, who continues the tour with a two-hour lesson in crafting. of dumplings, which she describes as central to Chinese culture: “It’s bonding and sharing food. “

A wave of immigration preceded the transfer of Hong Kong in 1997 from British rule to Chinese rule; another more recent wave has been linked to China’s booming economy.

Many newcomers have settled in the suburbs of Richmond, who is 54% of Chinese descent, according to a 2016 study census, and the home of Asian shopping shopping centers, the International Buddhist Temple and, most famous, food, including over 800 restaurants, a “dumpling trail” of over 20 restaurants, including Empire Seafood, and one night market reopening on July 23.

“In North America, Chinese food is pasteurized in so many ways,” said Alex Chen, who immigrated to the region from Malaysia as a teenager and is the executive chef of Vancouver’s Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, where the cuisine is rooted in French techniques.

Around Vancouver, Chinese options are regional, he added, or specialize in hot dishes, noodles, fried rice and more. Among his favorites in Richmond are HK barbecue master for the roast duck and Chef Tony’s Seafood Restaurant for innovative dim sum.

“We are so lucky and lucky to have so many choices at the highest standards,” he said.

Back in Vancouver’s original Chinatown, stay at Lodge Skwachàys, a boutique hotel dedicated to Indigenous art and culture (from $ 170), a few blocks from Classical Chinese Garden of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen.

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