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My tours are offered year-round and I customize tours to what people want: you pick the date, time of day, and length of time (1-2 hrs).
I take people into numerous Clan and County association buildings, to a herbal store, to Sai Woo … the only place in Chinatown where there’s been a restaurant for over 100 years, etc.
I’m the only guide who can take people into the heritage buildings, the only one that has a Master’s degree in Chinese Canadian History, and I donate 30% of what I make to the Chinese associations for upkeep and renovations.
Tours vary in length and price depending on whether it’s a regular tour, a school field trip, professional development for teachers, a themed tour or cooking experience, an outing for elders, etc. Please e-mail the tour operator at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Instead of walking around and eating or waiting to be served, we will have a private dining experience in a spectacular restaurant where you get to eat homemade Cantonese-style cooking as well as food from the Chinatown neighbourhood. Our starting place is SAI WOO, at 158 E. Pender Street. We will have the whole restaurant to ourselves.
There will be three generous tastings: BBQ duck, dumplings, dim sum, etc. (We can discuss food likes/dislikes/restrictions before I plan the dishes.)
After our lunch, I will take people to the food stores around the neighbourhood, I will talk about what the restaurants are and offer, and I will also take you into the heritage buildings. The food scene is very eclectic and hip in Chinatown.
Judy has her Food Safe certification.
Tours are $125/person for 3 hours. Please e-mail the tour operator at email@example.com for further details.
Ching Ming (Cantonese) or Qingming (Mandarin) is also known as the Clear Brightness Festival, the Festival for Tending Graves, Grave Sweeping Day and Tomb Sweeping Day. According to Chinese traditional customs, people must visit the graves of ancestors, relatives or close friends during the Festival, which is on the 104th day after the Winter Solstice (typically in early April according to the Western calendar). The festival marks the middle of Spring and, above all, it is a sacred day of the dead. The special occasion — which dates back over one thousand years — celebrates the rebirth of nature. Whatever name is given to the day, it is a time to remember and honour one’s ancestors.
Join me at the cemetery in early April to learn how the commemoration is conducted and join me for a feast afterwards with one of the clan associations.
The Chinese New Year Parade celebrates the new year of the Chinese lunar calendar and is a festive event for everyone to enjoy. As one of the three largest non-commercial annual parades in Vancouver, and one of the largest Chinese New Year Parades in North America, this parade features the largest assembly of traditional lion dance teams in Canada with dozens of colourful and energetic lions from various local, fraternal, and martial arts organizations. The parade will feature some seventy entries, bringing over 3,000 participants from various community and cultural groups. The multicultural dance troupes represent the diverse segments of our Canadian cultural heritage, such as the Chinese Canadian Veterans, the Vancouver Police Department Motorcycle Drill Team, marching bands, and various community groups. This parade draws over 100,000 spectators each year.
If you are interested in seeing the 45th Chinese New Year Parade (Sunday, February 18th 2018) from the balcony of one of the heritage buildings in Chinatown, please contact me for further details.
Teacher tours are all about how the Chinatown experience can be brought into the classroom, and how teachers can re-visit with students for an experiential Field Trip. I provide teachers with a wonderful resource package: information about the National Historic Site, a map detailing Chinatown, images, information about the heritage buildings, newspaper articles, links; information about Chinese history in British Columbia, Canada, and around the world, etc.
Pro-D Day tours are $50/person for 2.5 hours. I will provide you with an e-receipt for reimbursement from your school.