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Aberdeen Centre is the largest Asian mall in all of British Columbia, and I wouldn't be surprised if it's larger than any Asian mall in North America. It epitomizes Richmond's recent identity as being the hypermodern cultural hub of BC's Chinese-speaking community.
A visit to Aberdeen will surely give those used to North American malls a different shopping experience, quite unlike the shopping malls elsewhere in the country. Unlike most Canadian shopping malls which are essentially clones of eachother, Aberdeen Centre's shops cater predominantly to an Asian clientele. As a result, there are stores selling things that you might only ever seen in Hong Kong or Taiwan.
Even if your heart is not set on shopping, a quick peek into Aberdeen will make you feel as if you've teleported yourself to Hong Kong! The building itself is also quite stunning, at least as far as Richmond architecture goes! Unlike the ugly concrete monstrosities (ie: Yaohan) elsewhere in the area, Aberdeen's exterior is made of a milky-coloured glass which is intermixed with coloured bands. It has a very sleek, organic shape which makes it stand out from anything else.
One drawback to Aberdeen is that its feng shui interior feels cavernous. It also feels incomplete, because there are also a lot of vacancies. However, the musical water fountain, though bordering on ridiculous, partially makes up for it.
I feel that if you're going to visit Aberdeen Centre, it's also worth checking out the neighbouring Asian malls, such as Parker Place which is down the road, and Yaohan Centre/President's Plaza which are across the street. All together these malls will give you an intense Asian shopping experience!
What to buy: Aberdeen now has some of Richmond's coolest shops (in my opinion), but what to buy is really up to your interests. If you're into clothing, there are eccentric Hong Kong and Japanese clothing boutiques scattered about.
There's my favourite, the Daiso. It's a two-level Japanese discount department store where there are no price tags because every item costs $2. They have all sorts of knick knacks like kitchen supplies, beauty products, food items, toys, stationary, etc. It's fun to look at because they're all products marketed to a Japanese audience, and half the time, unless you read Japanese, you have no idea what you're looking at. Apparently this is famously known as the "100 Yen store" in Japan. It's also supposed to be the only Daiso store outside of Asia.
If you like beautifully crafted Japanese tea and dish sets, or traditional Chinese ginseng, you will also find it at Aberdeen. But the store that always makes me smirk is the "BMW Lifestyle" store, where you can purchase merchandise bearing the BMW logo for a price which is certainly more than what it's worth!
If you're also looking to sample some of Richmond's famous Chinese food, there are several restaurants here that might satisfy your craving!
Address: 4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond
Directions: On the south-west corner of Hazelbridge Way and Cambie Road, one block east of No.3 Road in central Richmond.
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