International Writers Magazine - Our Tenth Year:
Golden Village: Richmond BC
No need to
visit China, Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, or other Asiatic countries!
No need to fly to Beijing, Seoul, Shanghai or Tokyo to experience
Asiatic cultures or shop for the latest product produced in the
Far East or to sample the foods of the Orient. In one day you can
visit all these countries. Its not impossible! Just visit
Richmond, a Vancouver suburbia city, and explore its Golden Village,
a bit of Asia in Canada, housing the products of all these lands.
The Golden Village
is best known for its shopping malls accommodating much of the goods
of the Orient and offering these exotic goodies to the Canadian public.
With some 65% of Richmonds population of Asiatic origin, these
people who have their roots in the Far East make up the highest percent
of the population in any city outside of Asia. Encompassing more people
than Old Chinatown in Vancouver, which is the oldest Chinatown in Canada,
the Golden Village is often referred to as the new Chinatown in
visit to Richmond would be short-changed if the Golden Village were
omitted from an exploration of the city. Full of the sights, smells,
sounds and tastes of the Orient, the three large malls with their
bakeries, cafes, restaurants and shops, constitute the core of the
Village. Within a four-block area one can find some
600 shops, the vast majority carrying the exotic products of the
East, art galleries, tea Shops, jewellery outlets, teashops and
the latest fashions and technical inventions, as well as eating-
places, hotels and karaoke bars. It is a unique Asiatic world, transported
to Canadas Pacific coast all within a five-minute taxi
ride from Vancouvers airport.
A high concentration
of Asiatic malls with innumerable food courts cater to the local community
and tourists from inside and outside the country who make up the vast
majority of customers who frequenting the Golden Village. For those
looking for something new one can include while shopping, massages of
all types, a genuine tea ceremony and dining in one of the eating-places
to sample a wide range of oriental foods.
One of the oldest and largest of the Asian-themed malls is the three-storey
Aberdeen Centre, eventually totally rebuilt in 2003. It once served
mostly Chinese from Hong Kong. Today, it is also patronized by mainland
Chinese and Japanese as well as others - mostly of Asiatic origin.
sprawling three-storey complex it houses some 250 stores and a charming
atrium water fountain display. The Aberdeen Centre is the only mall
in Canada with a modern atmosphere that appeals to both the Canadian-Chinese
and Canadians of other ethnic origins. Noted for its famous Daiso,
a $2. store, this well known Japanese retail discount outlet where
one can find goods from herb teas and salted lemons to crispy sweet
fried crabs and Chinese candy, is the centre is a shoppers
One must visit the
President Plaza, an Asian-themed, largely Taiwanese mall noted for its
foodstuffs some rare, such as fish and other sea creatures splashing
around in tanks, canned bamboo shoots and much, much more. The mall
also incorporates the large Radisson Vancouver Airport Hotel; a Buddhist
temple operated by Taiwan's Fo Guang Shan; a humanistic Buddhist order
and a T & T Supermarket, Canada's largest Asian supermarket chain.
Then there is the Yaohan Centre, originally designed to carry a Japanese
theme, but in reality it turned out to be a pan-East-Asian centre. For
those enamoured with exotic gourmet foods, its food court features more
than 15 different Asian cuisines. The home of the Osaka supermarket,
stocking all sorts of foodstuffs, the whole mall can be a first-class
Asian shopping experience.
Parker Place, a Hong Kong style mall is not as large as the other three
malls. Here one can find numerous clothing shops featuring Asian style
fashions. It houses some 50 chic fashion boutiques, which offer the
most inclusive styles of fashion found in China, Hong Kong and Japan,.
The second oldest mall in the Golden Village, it adds a little
of Hong Kong to the other malls.
There are other small malls and restaurants that flow out from the core-malls
in the Golden Village. Alexandra Road, edging the malls and labelled
as Food Street, has the highest concentration of eating
places in Richmond, featuring a wide range of Asian cuisine as well
as hot pot and buffet restaurants. No one who visits Vancouver should
leave without first having a meal at the Golden Village. It will be
a treat long remembered.
Reflecting the Asian face of Metro-Vancouver, the Golden Village is
known as the Asian Gem of British Columbia. There is no
better place to see how the Asian immigrants, especially the Chinese
have come a long way into becoming an important part of Canadian society
a long way from when they had to pay a head tax in order to immigrate
IF YOU GO
Facts About Richmond and Vancouver:
1. The Vancouver International Airport is located in Richmond. A taxi
from the Airport costs from $10.00 to $20.00 to any place in Richmond,
but if you are staying at a hotel in Richmond, most have FREE airport
2. The Golden Village is located in the City of Richmond, bordered by
Sea Island Way, Garden City Road, Alderbridge Way and No. 3 Road. It
is five minutes from the Vancouver International Airport three
bridges connect the airport area almost directly to the Golden Village
3. At most times of the year you need an umbrella in Vancouver.
4. Try Vancouver's Sky Train - the quickest and most scenic way to traverse
the metropolitan region.
5. Tourists in Vancouver and the surrounding towns can swim and ski
the same day, enjoy one of the most scenic settings in the world and
relax in the banana belt of Canada.
6. Visitors to the Golden Village have countless choices in restaurants,
food courts and other types of eating-places its an Asiatic
gourmet world, featuring the top dishes eaten in the Orient. Some travellers
say that the best Chinese food in the world is to be found in the Golden
Village in Richmond. It is said that the food at the Villages
restaurants is balanced in seasoning and appealing to the palate in
flavour and quality and that it overshadows the same dishes prepared
7. All prices quoted are in Canadian dollars.
Two Fine Places to Stay in Richmond:
Radisson Vancouver Airport Hotel: a deluxe, award-winning conference
hotel located in the Golden Village, near the Vancouver International
Airport and a short drive from downtown Vancouver. 8181 Cambie Road,
Richmond B.C. Canada V6X 3X9. Tel: (604) 276-8181; Toll Free: 1-800-333-3333.
Fax: (604) 279-8381.
Email: email@example.com Website: www.radisson.com/vancouverca
River Rock Casino Resort: Western Canada's only 4-Diamond casino resort,
featuring luxurious suites. 8811 River Road, Richmond, BC V6X 3P8. Tel:
604.247.8900. Toll Free: 1.866.748.3718. Fax: 604.207.2641. E-Mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.riverrock.com/
For Further Information, Contact:
Tourism Richmond Visitor Centre: 11980 Deas Thruway, Richmond, BC Canada
V6W 1L1. Tel: (604) 271-8280. Toll Free: (877) 247-0777. Fax: (604)
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