Richmond, BC.

Vancouver BC is a popular weekend destination for most Seattleites, but have you stopped in Richmond before? Just 20 minutes south of Vancouver, the city of Richmond is a mecca of Asian shopping and dining, as well as a hub for the region’s growing Chinese community (a little under 50% of Richmond’s population is Chinese, compared to around 30% in Vancouver). As a child, I was constantly shuffled up and down the border due to my parent’s predilection for authentic Chinese food that only a weekend trip to Richmond could please, so I never really had the desire to go back for a trip of my own as an adult. Now I’m at an age where I can appreciate how ful”filling” a trip for the pure purpose of eating can be for myΒ soul. We drove up a few weekends back, and stayed at the Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport: a hotel perfectly situated between two huge Richmond shopping centers: Yaohan and Aberdeen Centre. If your motivation is to eat yourself silly, and stay in a convenient city center, you must stay at this Radisson. It’s also close enough to walk to the Richmond Night Market and waddle back home when you’re done.

I have a few posts from our trip lined up, enjoy!

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Bounty of bread and Chinese pastries. The packet to the right contains Chocolate Buns, a favorite of ours from our visit to Taiwan last year.

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Dream aisle at the Osaka Supermarket in Yaohan Centre.

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Hobby shops are just as popular here as they are in Asia.

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Cute stickers from the largest Daiso I have ever been two in Aberdeen Centre. It literally sells EVERYTHING (underwear, food, yarn, nails, etc.)

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View outside our room. We could see the planes take off from the airport and fly overhead.

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The famous Chef Hung Taiwanese Beef Noodle (post to come).

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Sitting in traffic on 99 right past the Canadian border.

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