Vancouver’s Multicultural Embrace~

Intricately beautiful street mural downtown Vancouver. Please click to enlarge to soak up all the detail. I love the energy and richness of Vancouver’s multicultural experience.
Check out these street murals at the entrance to Chinatown for example.
They provide snapshot depictions of Chinese Canadian history in the city.
I appreciate the artists who contribute their time and talent.
It is such fun eating in restaurants here and exploring the antique shops,
the food markets,
and the herbalists and herb shops.
Check out these monster dried mushrooms! Don’t they make you want to dine out in Chinatown? The food is divine!
Cheers to from Vancouver’s fascinating Chinatown~

166 thoughts on “Vancouver’s Multicultural Embrace~

  1. Brilliant post,fabulous photo series,dear Cindy ! All of them are great,but the first one is a superb street mural with dazzling patterns and a wide range of vibrand colours !!!
    Love and hugs , Doda ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I agree with you about the first mural and I am so glad you see what I see! I have no idea how the artist made all these little historical stories fade in the face of the strong faces. A stunning work of art!

  2. In Canada, I met this gentleman on a plane with whom I struck up friendly conversation. I said to him that the distance between the East and West coasts of Canada is almost equal to that between Canada and Japan, and he said,
    โ€œWOW! Is Japan that farโ€ฆ?โ€

  3. While I believe everyone has the right to enjoy & celebrate their heritage. I also believe the demand for, and embrace of, multiculturalism is a stake in the heart of the country itself. I believe I am watching the slow demise of the US. The multiculturalism divides the nation.

  4. Cindy, the detail in the murals is extraordinary – and I thought the mushrooms were clams until I read that you were saying they’re mushrooms! Giants! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I could be wrong, they could be clams. I did photograph some things I knew were clams but they were rather unpleasant looking so I didn’t post. Someone will surely tell us if these are not clams! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. This murals tell so much stories and history of the Chinese immigrants, and how they tried to preserve their culture in a new world… very moving. These are traditional Chinese grocery stores.
    According to the green and red Chinese signs, they are special mushrooms. That can only be found in mountain by the cliff. The sign also say $3 and $4 per oz.

    1. You know I suspected you would answer this and I am not at all disappointed! You rock Amy! Mushrooms that grow on cliffs. How wonderful! The fish markets were incredible. They had live eels from China and all these varieties of clams. You are impressive ma deah!

      1. I’m flattered, Cindy. This kind of mushrooms is like Gensen, they have been used to enhance health, no scientific prove though. Not sure people still hunt for these mushrooms on cliffs.

  6. It has been awhile since I visited Vancouver, Cindy, but I have always thought of it as a highly civilized city. As you know, I love murals. The multi-cultural approach is a plus. Have you been to Victoria? It too, is one of my favorite cities. โ€“Curt

    1. Oh yes! Victoria is charming. On our last trip there we went from there to Telegraph Cove to hang out with the orcas and then up the Knight Inlet to hang with the grizzlies. One of the best experiences of my life…..

      1. Been there many times and will be passing through again in August on my way to kayak with the Orcas. BTW, two other places up the coast that are definitely worth the stop: Chemainus for its murals (the whole town id devoted to murals) and Campbell River for its totem Poles (one of the best collections anywhere.) โ€“Curt

      2. Basically excellent places to explore all over this gorgeous part of the world. We’re heading to Waterton, Glacier and Yellowstone for our next Canada trip. But the places you mention sound perfect for a return trip we’d like to make to the Knight Inlet next! Thanks for the tips Curt~

  7. Wow, these are some amazing street art & photographs! Thank you for sharing. I’ve never had the opportunity to visit Canada (yet) but hope to do so someday ๐Ÿ™‚

    By the way, my ‘baby geese’ photos/snapshots are finally up on my blog. Please feel free to stop by and take a look whenever you have time ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Have a lovely weekend!

  8. The detail on the opening mural is unreal … and yes, much better when one takes a closer look. We’ve visited Vancouver twice … and it’s a wonderful city!

  9. Cindy, I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to Taiwan and China several times. And the last time I was in Vancouver I remarked that this city actually feels like Taipei in places. Minus millions of scooters on the street. Great post and I think embracing multiculturalism is the secret to our survival!

    1. I love your last sentence! Can you imagine a world without muticulural emphasis…. a dull white bread world! I would love to visit China. Cheers & thanks~

      1. I haven’t seen chalk on the pavement for a long time. People seem to choose more permanence these days. Can’t blame them considering the amount of work involved.

        But there is still pavement art. Hold on to your socks, don’t believe your eyes and

        try this

  10. Been there and seen it, Cuz, and it’s exactly as beautiful and intoxicating as your pictures describe, and they are great !
    Enjoy the rest of the trip. HUGs !

  11. So glad you’re enjoying Vancouver’s multiculturalism, Cindy. It makes a city so much more interesting. Toronto, for example, is very multicultural. It’s made life in the city much more interesting.

  12. I’m lovin’ the pictures of the city I grew up in. ๐Ÿ™‚
    and if those mushrooms are the same ones I’m thinking of, they’re used for making a medicinal tea that tastes medicinal (really bitter).

    1. Thanks much Linda.
      I am wondering though what your total rescued pet census is now and how do you go about taking a vacation??? Hopefully a family member who loves animals will give you a break??
      P.S. Just booked Yellowstone for ’15. Lake Lodge was almost sold out more than 16 months ahead!!!

      1. Taking a what? Oh, I almost remember those! It has been a long time. Currently, no family to take care of them and no money to board them (they would never stand for that anyway). I used to have a little college gal who would come and stay with them but she’s moved on. So, for now anyway (unless some rich person decides to take pity on me!), my vacations are vicarious with my blogging friends! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Ooo, I can’t wait to see that post on your Yellowstone trip. I bet you remembered my post about my Dad working there in the 30s! ๐Ÿ˜€

      2. Oh course I remember your posts on Yellowstone and it is my favorite park due to all the wildlife. Your posts on your dad were fascinating. I have booked Old Faithful Inn, Yellowstone Lake Hotel, and Mammoth Springs. I can’t wait to watch the wolves again! The prices are CHEEEEEP in the shoulder season and I think you can find some sweet person to care for your creatures more than a year in advance. I want you to go on a vacay!!! You can watch the wolves in the Lamar Valley…..

  13. The mural reflecting indigenous culture is really detailed. I big-a-fied, but I think you could look at it a long while and always see something new. One thing I enjoy about living in Canada and being canadian is that cultures retain their heritage. That is the essence of being Canadian I think, you can’t really but your finger on it, it’s one big melting pot. We enjoy celebrating a rich tapestry of multi-culture every summer at our annual heritage days, but more importantly every day. It’s not unusual to hear many languages in a que at the cinema. There’s so many festivals in Edmonton because of the diverse demographic. No matter what you feel like eating, if dining out, you’re sure to find a number of great options in any ethnicity around town. Life would be boring if we were all the same.

    1. Yes! I have definitely noticed this multi-cultural aspect of Canada as I have traveled on both coasts. The blend of cultures adds to the experience of Canada immensely.
      And the restauraunts, so wonderful! I have been to Canada many times the fusions Asian French food in Quebec and Montreal, the English influences in BC, and the rich Indigenenous Cultures everywhere, just adds to the natural wonders and makes Canada a place I keep going back to. We have a trip planned for next year!
      Viva la difference!

  14. Such great artwork. Every time I enter into those Chinese medicine places, there’s one dried animal I always feel sorry for to see inside of the glass jars – the little seahorses. So sad! :o(

    1. Awwww, thank you so much! Very kind too. The east coast is wonderful too, both for mavelous cities and beautiful nature. I know you will love the west as well. Highly recommend you include a visit to the Sunshine Coast when you visit Vancouver. Hope you do & thank you!!

  15. Good old Chinatown. I haven’t been there for years even though we are practically neighbours. Must visit again. Great photos as ever.

  16. Hey there,
    Pictures speaks louder than words, and some of them remain in our mind for a lifetime, These are wonderful pictures and they have so much life in them.Have you created these by yourself ?
    please tell me about these pictures origin.
    May Allah bless you and your loved ones. ameen

  17. HI Cindy!
    Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
    I love that mural – it’s wild how someone can see that to be able to pain it.
    I suppose they see their work inside – I do…
    You are a terrific photo blogger. Thanks.
    ~ Eric

  18. Fabulous shots! I love murals – I once did an art history paper on wall art and “graffiti”. There is such a story behind much of it. Great imagery!

  19. Very cool. We went through a moment of panic a few years ago when our son considered school there. The more I found out about the city the more appealing it seemed. I dreaded him going there – I was afraid if he did, he’d never come back. Thank God he picked a school in the East. The street murals are great–and I’d be willing to bet you can find Asian ingredients there the rest of us can only dream about. Ken

    1. Yes!!! You would love the restauraunts and markets. Some it the restauraunts are so authentic it takes some getting used to!!! But it was fascinating! Cheers & thanks for stopping by~

  20. Amazing murals… sometimes proportions can be difficult to get right, but these are lovely! Still, you have such an eye for unique and beautiful shots with your camera! Thanks for posting what I’ll probably never see. ๐Ÿ˜€

  21. Woah!
    The lingzhi mushrooms in the last photo are HUGE!
    By the way, CIndy, do you notice that there is a “different” statue in the 5th photo?
    There’s a terracotta soldier among the deities! L-o-L!

    1. Of course Hari, I noticed none of these things, which is why I am so glad you look at my blog. I went back and saw what you saw. How cool is that! Thank you Hari~

  22. Wow, this is all quite impressive! Love the foods in jars and the lovely mushrooms, paintings! Thanks for sharing! I also want to thank you for visiting and liking my blog. I appreciate your support and friendship. Stay well, my friend!

  23. Jo

    Any chance you can share the location of the first photograph? I live in Vancouver and would love to go and see it. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. It is a striking work isn’t it! It is called “The Belonging Action,” and can be found at
      Harbour Center between Homer and Cordova Streets. Let me know when you find it!

  24. Cindy,
    We recently came across your blog and the photos are spectacular. We would like to use part of one on the new home page of our website that we are now designing. It is the street mural of the two faces looking out. Our idea is to use the face of the woman on the right. I cannot tell if these photos are copyrighted, so I am requesting permission to use this, or if you license them in any way, can you please send me the information? We are a non-profit legal services organization that provides free legal assistance to low-income New Yorkers in the areas of housing, benefits, immigration, consumer, employment, civil & disability rights and family law. Thank you very much!

    1. Thank you very much for asking. As a clinical social worker, I am particularly honored to support a non-profit legal firm that assists low income clients with their compelling legal concerns. Please use my photos in any manner you choose to support your organization and clients and have a wonderful day. Thank you for the important work do!

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