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When Judy Lam Maxwell, owner of Historical Chinatown Tours, takes her three-hour food and walking tour of Vancouver’s Chinatown ($ 100), she introduces travelers to the private historic buildings in the neighborhood that once served Chinese immigrants who came in at the end of the year 19th century to build Canada’s transcontinental railroad. They housed clubs that provided accommodation, banking, social events and protection against discrimination.

“It’s fun to see the elders playing mahjong and the interiors of those buildings that are like museums,” said Ms. Lam Maxwell, who continues the tour with a two-hour dumpling-making lesson, which she describes as central to Chinese culture : “It’s about connecting and sharing food.”

The handover of Hong Kong from British to Chinese rule in 1997 was preceded by a wave of immigration; another recent wave has been linked to China’s booming economy.

Many newcomers settled in the suburb of Richmond, which is 54 percent Chinese according to a 2016 census and is home to Asian shopping malls, the International Buddhist Temple and most importantly, food, including more than 800 restaurants, a “dumpling trail” ” of more than 20 restaurants, including Empire Seafood, and a night market that will reopen on July 23rd.

“There are so many ways to pasteurize Chinese food in North America,” says Alex Chen, who immigrated to the region from Malaysia as a teenager and is the head chef at Vancouver’s Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, where cuisine is based on French technology.

Around Vancouver, the Chinese options are regional, he added, or they specialize in hot pot dishes, noodles, fried rice, and more. His favorites in Richmond include HK BBQ Master for Peking Duck and Chef Tony Seafood Restaurant for innovative dim sum.

“We are so blessed and happy to have many opportunities at the highest level,” he said.

Back in Vancouver’s original Chinatown, stay at Skwachàys Lodge, a boutique hotel dedicated to indigenous art and culture (from $ 170) just blocks from Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden located.