Western civilization is always trying to create its own world within its national boundaries and Canada’s very own Toronto is a prime example of that! Toronto’s own Chinatown is the place to be if you want an awesome all-in-one cultural experience. Here’s a preview of what you can do in this street-long community!
Whether you’re in town, with the family, or hanging out with friends, Chinatown is one of the best places to hit up for a strong dosage of culture shock!
Contrary to what it looks like, Chinatown isn’t just an open market! It is actually a mixed-use community filled with commercial and residential complexes all along the Spadina strip between Queen and College. In the summer, storefronts are either clogged with barrels of exotic fruits or cascading racks of hung plastic toys or handmade clothing. The scenery doesn’t change much in the winter as most stores take advantage of the cold to maintain their foods’ freshness (save for things that can get blown away with the wind)!
Though this is not an exact replica of China’s streets, it has many features that help create the essence of the Eastern culture. During the Autumn Moon Festival in August, the warm summer weather allows for the locals there to host annual festivals and light lanterns in honour of the holiday.
Do make an effort to stop by and walk either sides of this strip and absorb the feeling of walking into a very distant land! Also, don’t hesitate to explore the roads or side streets that cross Spadina as it may lead you to somewhere more unexpected then you can imagine!