In this city in Canada, because there are too many Chinese there, it seems that China is everywhere, and white people have become a minority.
At present, for many friends who live abroad for a long time, happiest event in life is meeting fellow villagers in other countries, right? Although everyone has different goals, it is inevitable that everyone has a common hometown, so we are very happy to see Chinese overseas.
But there is a place where there are a lot of our fellow villagers, it seems that whole city is dominated by Chinese. Doubts are inevitable, is it in China?
(1) Chinese town in Canada
This is city of Richmond near Vancouver. It is currently city with largest concentration of Chinese in this country. According to statistical analysis of survey data, more than half of city's population can be attributed to Han Chinese.
Although there are still a small number of people who do not have Chinese citizenship, they can be seen as Chinese at a glance by their faces and personal language habits. Thus, we can roughly calculate that Chinese is about 70%, and rest are real locals. With such a huge proportion, it would not be an exaggeration to say that this is a Chinese city.
Walking along streets here, seeing faces of foreigners with fair skin and blue eyes, you might even think that they are a minority here. Passing by passers-by, we can hear many different Chinese people. For example, a Chinese with a Northeastern accent, a Sichuan accent, a Taiwanese accent, or even a foreign accent.
Because people here come from different regions of China, and some even speak Chinese because their parents are Chinese, but they speak inconspicuously because they have not been influenced by internal atmosphere. In short, languages with different accents can also bring a degree of affinity.
(2) Develop a thriving night market
When you come here, you should not miss famous night market. This type of night market is not open every day, but only on certain days in certain months. Despite this, he is very fond of local Chinese and Canadians. I can say without exaggeration that if you want to enter here, you have to go through a lot of obstacles, not only tickets, but also a long wait.
First of all, this is a Chinese-style night market, most of which sell various goods to Chinese or ethnic Chinese. Upon entering, first thing you will see is commodity area, where various stalls are sold. Goods include various small goods, clothing and accessories and so on. There are many knowledgeable people here who can see obligatory shadow of products at a glance.
It is unimaginable that Yiwu's low-cost small goods will enter overseas markets. One of most popular kiosks was packed and finally going inside I found that it was actually a phone screen protector. Among buyers are Chinese and Canadians. It turns out that not only Chinese, but also Canadians like film.
Go through merchandise area to reach real snack area. The snack area here won't make you feel foreign because most of their signage is in Simplified Chinese. Some stalls also have traditional characters written on them, so you can tell at a glance that stall owners are from Taiwan, China.
Although most of them are in simplified Chinese, menu will also have an English translation, which will not affect local purchases. The types of snacks inside have covered all kinds that can be covered in Chinese night markets, and even gobbled up a lot of Japanese and Korean snacks.
For example, here you can find barbecue stalls, finger cakes, grilled cold noodles, Korean kimchi and spicy chicken feet. You can even see blond women showing off potato pie.
Among them, hottest kiosk is grilled kebab. In our opinion, nondescript skewers attract attention of foreigners very much. The shop owner speaks a Guangxi dialect, wears a white hat and pretends to be from Xinjiang while selling during roast.
In our opinion, Xinjiang kebabs sold in Guangxi dialect are clearly losing their essence and are considered very inauthentic, but very attractive to foreigners.
(3) Correct to China throughout
What is surprising is that cash that was initially prepared seems to be useless here, and here everything seems to be trying to meet domestic standards.
When I arrived in another country, I exchanged a lot of cash because I couldn't use mobile payment, but I have nothing to worry about here. Alipay and WeChat payment codes are pasted in front of each store booth and we can pay with our mobile phones.
While enjoying this, I discovered that there is a counter next to it that looks like Ele.me takeaway. You know, foreign takeaways have always been starving. Not only are they slow, but there is very little choice.
I didn't expect to see this kind of takeaway in this night market and ad slogan also mentioned fast speed.
During our observation, we found that foreigners here do not seem to reject influx of Chinese, but they are very willing to accept it. They also like to go to night markets in China most, they have developed a habit of eating Chinese food and feel uncomfortable if they don't eat for several days. We like this diverse and inclusive culture too.