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East Vancouver often known as East Village is one of the most friendly neighbourhoods in the city. The first homes for the working class with low incomes, this traditional and affordable area comprises of commercial as well as residential buildings. One of the most attractive areas for tourists, this place is sure a must-visit.
This is Vancouver's oldest working-class neighborhood. The area's first settlement was established in the 1880s and has a diverse mix of ethnicity, history and architecture. The diversity is present today in the area's housing quarters, small corner stores, historic schools, parks and places of worship. One example is Hawkes Avenue, where stately Edwardian houses rub mortar with simple, working-class blocks. To discover more about the area, the Architectural Institute of BC offers free walking tours of the area.
Known as the third largest in North America, Vancouver's Chinatown is a colorful area filled with exotic wonders. The profusion of markets and stores sells everything from star fruit, gai lan, ginseng, herbal medicine and tea sets to hand carved chopsticks, rice paper pads and Buddha figurines. It's a very inexpensive place to shop for gifts and groceries. Pender Street, between Carral and Main, has shops selling curios, clothing, herbs and house wares. You can grab a drink at The Keefer Bar, dine at Bao Bei and then spend a few hours at the wonderful Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden.
For all those Jimi Hendrix fans, this landmark is a slice of rock n'roll history, meant to be cherished and preserved forever. This shrine is dedicated to Jimi Hendrix who spent a lot of his childhood in Vancouver, honing his musical talent in these very premises. The interiors are full of rare Hendrix images along with a few family photos of his. This shrine also displays few personal notes and other memorabilia that were of importance to Jimi Hendrix. Open for 4 months a year, this attraction is full of Hendrix fans from June to September.
Step into this 18th Century architectural masterpiece and stand spell bound admiring this heritage landmark. The Heritage Hall which is a pride of Vancouver is a reflections of the classic Edwardian era. The hall initiates you into a world of sculptures, clock towers, 18th Century ornamentation and skilled craftsmanship. The Heritage Hall also hosts several local events and craft fairs.
Lying right in the center of the Olympic Village Square is a quirky sculpture called The Birds. Comprising of a male and a female house sparrow, the fascinating yet bizarre sculpture was designed by Myfanwy MacLeod. Inspired by the 1963 Alfred Hitchcock movie that goes by the same name, the sculpture is about five meters (16.40 feet) tall and was one of the first and the last piece of public art to be approved by the city. The birds are meant to depict immigration and considering how they seem alien and exotic to the backdrop at first, but eventually become ever-present, the ideas and intent of the designer get expressed quite splendidly. If you are in the city, definitely head to the square, to get a glimpse of this unusual sculpture.
Located on the east side of the city about 20 minutes out of downtown, this popular amusement park is made up of many rides, including a giant roller coaster called the Revelation and other frighteningly state-of-the-art rides. The park has a rides section for younger children and a variety of concession stands and games.
The Guinness Book of World Records lists this landmark as the world's narrowest building. The edifice is a mere a meter and half wide, while its upper floor has less than two meters in available space with bay windows. The structure is named after a group of Chinese traders. The city decided to widen the street to allow for increasing traffic, thus reducing the size of their land. Undaunted, the men pushed through with their plans and erected a building.