This large, historic area is a popular tourist attraction though it did go into a decline when members of the Chinese Cantonese community dispersed to other areas in the city and it has more recently been overshadowed by the growing, new Chinese businesses in Richmond.
At one time neon lights lit up the evening sky in Chinatown but changing times a city by law passed in 1974 prohibiting these signs have seen the neon disappear. The last to go was a glowing rice bowl and chopsticks that belonged to the Ho Ho restaurant and it came down in 1997. Some of these signs are in a local museum.
I am happy to report though that Vancouver's Chinatown has been experiencing more prosperity. New investments are coming in and old traditional businesses are flourishing. The Vancouver office of one of four Chinese daily newspapers, Sing Tao Daily, remains in Chinatown and from 2003 until 2010 the offices of OMNI British Columbia had its television studios on Pender Street in Chinatown. (Now it is the home of the Vancouver Film Studio Game Design Campus)
I hope you find the beauty around you.