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Today we went for a walk around China Town. Its the biggest China Town we've ever seen - it's the second biggest China Town in the world, after San Fransisco. We had a plan of the things we wanted to see. First up was the world's narrowest building, so narrow in fact that we have walked past it at least twice without noticing. We did manage to find the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park, an oriental garden which was a peaceful oasis amid the bustle of China town. We wandered past many and varied shops, the most interesting of which were the food shops.
As we left China Town, we walked through the slightly dodgy area of town you wouldn't want to stumble on at night. There were gangs of homeless people either on the street corners, or lined up sat on the pavement. Many had shopping trolleys with their possessions piled high, and were rummaging in rubbish bins. It was quite worrying to walk through.
We then came to Gastown, which is a cobbled street and olde streetlamp type area. It looked very pretty, but many of the shops are aimed at the tourist. There is an Irish Pub here that is supposed to be quite authentic, so we may have to verify this another day. We headed back to the hotel, where we cooked noodle soup - fitting in with the oriental theme of the day.