If you go

THE BEST WAY TO VANCOUVER, CANADA

From LAX, Alaska, Air Canada, WestJet and United offer nonstop service to Vancouver, and Delta, Alaska, United and US Airways offer connecting service (change of plane). Restricted round-trip fares begin at $340, including taxes and fees.

WHERE TO EAT

Jade Seafood Restaurant, 8511 Alexandra Road, Richmond; (604) 249-0082, http://www.jaderestaurant.ca. Grand banquet room dining, the place where Chinese expats go to celebrate life milestones. Dinners from about $15.

Wang Shun Ge, 8391 Alexandra Road, No. 1180, Richmond; (604) 303-1192. (no website). Modest-priced Chinese food in friendly atmosphere. Meals from about $12.

Cattle Hot Pot Restaurant, 8391 Alexandra Road, No. 1150, Richmond; (604) 248-4345, http://www.cattlehotpot.com. Sample hot pot cuisine in this cook-your-own, all-you-can-eat casual restaurant. Cash only. About $18 per person, plus $7 to $9 for the broth.

Richmond Night Market, 8351 River Road, Richmond; (604) 244-8448, http://www.richmondnightmarket.com. One of the largest such markets outside Asia, where on weekends nearly 100 booths serve up small plates of almost anything. Open 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays and 6-11 p.m. Sundays. Admission $2. Food $2-$10.

TO LEARN MORE

Tourism Richmond, (877) 247-0777, http://www.richmond.ca