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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  • The tour was a Christmas present from my two sons. We went with their families and everyone had a great time. Judy took us for a tour of Chinatown, then she taught us how to make dumplings... 
    The tour was a Christmas present from my two sons. We went with their families and everyone had a great time. Judy took us for a tour of Chinatown, then she taught us how to make dumplings...  more »
  • 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... 
    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...  more »
  • Me and my partner had a private dumpling lesson with Judy this past weekend. Judy was a fountain of knowledge about the area, with lots of interesting stories and photos to share. The dumpling making....  more
    Me and my partner had a private dumpling lesson with Judy this past weekend. Judy was a fountain of knowledge about the area, with lots of interesting stories and photos to share. The dumpling making....  more »
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  • I bought a dumpling making class and tour as a birthday gift back in November. My fiance and I ended up joining our friends to make it a double date and we are so glad we did! Judy was very helpful and responsive when I inquired about booking, and was flexible with times and ingredient planning (we needed kosher dumpling filling) and created a lovely certificate that I was able to put in a birthday card. Judy was also so knowledgeable about the history of Chinatown, and kept us moving so we stayed warm until we were back at our dumpling making location, and the dumplings were SPECTACULAR. I would highly recommend the tour to locals who want to learn more about the city they live in, to folks visiting, and to anyone who enjoys a good dumpling.
  • My mother-in-law and I had a dumpling-making class with Judy and had an absolutely grand time. Judy was so personable and knowledgeable about the rich cultural history of Chinatown. While we prepped our ingredients, she told us all about local cultural traditions, her family's history in Vancouver, about alternative gluten-free ingredients, and even great knife suggestions from local vendors. Judy taught us an easy and quick method for wrapping the dumplings, and by the end of it - we were dumpling pros! After many laughs and stories, we had a pile of delicious dumplings as a reward for all the hard work we had put in. Judy is such a fun and vibrant spirit and makes the experience entertaining and lively. If you're looking for a lovely night filled with learning new talents and hearing great stories, make sure you book a class with Judy! You won't regret it.
  • 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.
  • I have known Judy for many years working with her in community related activity and have had the opportunity to attend one of her tours. She is a walking encyclopedia of knowledge, engaging and will take you to places even the locals don’t know exist. I highly recommend taking one of Judy’s tours.
  • Getting to see Vancouver’s Chinatown through Judy Lam Maxwell’s eyes was such an enriching, enlightening, and fun experience. From architecture to living elders, her insight and access is peerless. Her knowledge (which is so vast that that is an understatement) and guidance really helped to contextualize the little Chinese-Canadian history that I knew, but Judy’s tour taught me so such more. Any questions that I asked, not once did Judy make me feel dumb for asking. I gained a greater understanding of the plights and successes the Chinese Diaspora has had, and I could not be more grateful. Judy’s tour is phenomenal and I couldn’t have chosen a better way to kick off my first trip to Vancouver.

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