City profile

When you think of neon lights, Vancouver probably isn't the first city that comes to mind. Yet, in the 1950s Vancouver boasted 18,000 neon signs – that was one for every 19 residents. The city was so bright that pilots considered it to be the most illuminated city in North America. Although many neon lights have dimmed since the 1950s, Vancouver continues to shine – securing the most liveable city title according to the Economist Intelligence Unit in 2009. It's easy to see why – pristine ski slopes, cosmopolitan culture and friendly folk make it an attractive city to do some serious living in.

The Basics information

Currency: Canadian Dollar (CA$)

Population: 2,116,000

Languages: French, English

Time zone: -8 Pacific Time

Daylight savings: Start second Sunday in March end first Sunday in November

Country code: +1

Area codes: 604, 778

Electricity voltage: 110-120V

Electricity hz: 60Hz

Electrical plugs: American-style plug with two parallel flat blades above a circular grounding pin, Japanese-style plug with two parallel flat blades

Mobile network: GSM

Embassy Official Website


  • Embassy of Canada

Add.:No. 19, Dong Zhi Men Wai Da Jie, Chao Yang District

Postal/Zip Code:100600

Tel:+86(10) 5139-4000

Fax:+86(10) 5139-4449

District:The People's Republic of China; The Democratic People's Republic of Korea and Mongolia; Other passport holders from other Countries and Territories whose citizens require visas in order to enter Canada and who have been legally admitted to China.

  • Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong

Add.:12th to 14th Floor, One Exchange Square Central, Hong Kong SAR, People's Republic of China

Tel.: (852) 3719 4700

Fax: (852) 2810-6736

District:The People's Republic of China; Hong Kong and Macao (applicants must be able to attend an interview at the office in Hong Kong if required.)

  • Consulate General of Canada in Shanghai

Add.:Suite 604, Shanghai Center, 1376 Nanjing Xi Rd., Shanghai

Postal/Zip Code:100600



District:Shanghai municipality; Jiangsu, Anhui and Zhejiang provinces.(the Shanghai office ONLY accepts applications submitted IN PERSON; if you wish to apply by mail please submit  your application to the Embassy of Canada in Beijing or the Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong.)