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For a unique cultural experience while you’re in Calgary, take a stroll down the city streets of Calgary’s Chinatown! Located in the northeast area of Calgary’s downtown core, this Chinatown is known to be Canada’s third largest after Vancouver and Toronto. As you walk along Chinese shops, grocery stores and eateries, you might see teens sipping on tasty bubble tea, or smell fresh egg rolls cooking! Chinese style is everywhere – it’s in the traditional clothing people wear to the decorations which hang in shop windows. Even the telephone booths are similar to what you’d see in China! With over 20 restaurants offering authentic Asian cuisine and over 50 businesses which provide an array of products and services, touring this area could easily take a day. Bargaining is the norm here, so you may even cut yourself a deal!
The Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre, which models the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China, is definitely one of the highlights of Chinatown, and a must see while you’re in Calgary. The Dragon City Mall features Chinese, Korean and Japanese retail stores, services and restaurants within three levels. Find furniture, clothing, Chinese medicine, hair salons and baked goods all in one place! Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city streets and take a rest in the scenic Sein Lok Park, located along the Bow River.
Calgary Chinatown Popular Chinese Cultural Events
Take a look at some of the celebrations that take place in the Chinese culture. You may want to plan your trip to Calgary’s Chinatown around one! These events take place on the dates of the Lunar Calendar which fluctuates every year, and are mentioned below in the standard 2010 Gregorian calendar.
- Chinese New Year – February 14th
- Men’s Day (Human Beings’ Birthday) – February 20th
- The 1st Chinese Lovers’ Festival (Lantern Festival) – February 28th
- Ching Ming Festival (Spring Memorial Ceremony for Ancestors) – April 5th
- The 2nd Chinese Lover’s Festival – April 16th
- Dragon Boat Festival – June 16th
- The 3rd Chinese Lover’s Festival – August 16th
- Mid-Autumn Festival (Moon-cake Festival) – September 22nd
- Double Nine Festival (Elderly Appreciation Day) – October 16th
- Winter Solstice Celebration (First Day of Winter) – December 22
Chinatown Street Festival During the month of August, Chinatown features “a day of fun, shopping, feasting, and festivities for the whole family!” Hours of operation are from 10:00am to 8:00pm.
Calgary Chinatown Transportation
Although China town is small enough that most people walk or bike, there are bus routes which run through it and light rail transit is nearby.
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