Vancouver’s Chinatown has probably seen better days. It’s right next door to the street where there are throngs of homeless people, vagrants, beggars, and other vaguely menacing types, and many of them apparently wander over to the Chinatown district — giving it a distinctly seedy, low-rent feel.
There is, however, a small oasis of peace, quiet, and beauty in Vancouver’s Chinatown. It’s Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park. With its water lilies, small pagoda, bamboo shoots, and picturesque trees, it is a fine place to sit. Dr. Sun — who helped to overthrow the Qing dynasty and found the Republic of China — no doubt would be proud.