Richmond, North America’s most Chinese city

Richmond, North America’s most Chinese city

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Richmond is a thriving city where culture and character converge in a stunning setting. It’s a place that’s constantly redefining itself. Dynamic and alive, it encourages visitors to leave their comfort zone and rewards them with unique and authentic experiences.

It’s where Pacific culture and true Canadian coastal experiences yield a constant discovery. Whatever you crave-incredible international cuisine, breathtaking outdoor adventure, or captivating relics of the past-Richmond is an experience truly Canadian in its multicultural essence and authentically Pacific in its appeal.

What to do?

While the most popular activity for visitors to Richmond might simply be eating, sometimes people need a break to work up an appetite and the Richmond Olympic Oval has 20,000 square feet of ways to do so.

Built for the speed-skating events at the 2010 Olympics, it now also hosts facilities for indoor rock climbing, table tennis, badminton, swimming and more.

For the less athletically inclined, the Olympic Experience hides in an upstairs corner: a museum of Olympic paraphernalia, trivia and both virtual reality and live-action Olympic games to try.

But if you’re really interested in whether there’s a gold medal in your future, head to the International Buddhist Temple to get your fortune told.

What to eat and drink?

A trip to eat the world’s best dumplings might be shorter than expected for those in North America: Forget Shanghai and head to Richmond, British Columbia, a bustling suburb of Vancouver and the most Chinese city on the continent.

Find infinite versions of the tender-skinned purses filled with rich pork broth and meat at local favorites, starting with the classic Chen’s Shanghai Kitchen and the more upscale Suhang.

For a more intensive dumpling dive, sit down for dim sum at Chef Tony Seafood Restaurant. The mushroom specialist brings a touch of luxury to the tea-and-snacks meal, serving har gow (shrimp purses) with matsutake mushrooms, abalone on fried taro, and truffle-studded everything. In the nearby Aberdeen Centre, the same chef puts out more standard versions – but equally high-quality – at Fisherman’s Terrace.

Silkway Halal Cuisine prepares Muslim Chinese specialties from Xinjiang, a far western province, including sesame pocket bread for stuffing lamb into and wide hand-pulled noodles swimming in the silky juices of braised chicken.

Complete the tour by popping into the parking garage of a Canadian Superstore to pick up roast pork from HK BBQ Master, a rendition of the simple, common dish, so much crispier and more flavorful than any other that the lines stretch down the block.

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