Richmond is home to many Chinese-oriented shopping malls, most of them along No. This area is officially termed as the "Golden Village" by Tourism Richmond and includes malls such as Aberdeen Centre, Richmond Centre, Continental Centre, Union Square, Lansdowne Centre, President Plaza, Parker Place, and Yaohan Centre.
The strip malls located on Alexandra Road are famous for their restaurants and the area is more commonly known as "food street".
Of this area, 3,012 hectares are farmed by 247 farms; the rest is either vacant or occupied by non-farm uses.
Cranberries and blueberries are the dominant crops grown.
The Township of Richmond was modeled after Ontario’s political townships – an incorporated municipality, consisting of communities that are united as a single entity with a single municipal administration.
Each community was represented on the municipal council through a ward electoral system with five wards until 1946 when the ward electoral system was replaced with the at large electoral system that is currently in place.
The drawback of Richmond's geographical location was that since all the land averages just one metre above sea level, it was prone to flooding, especially during high tide.
As a result, all the major islands are now surrounded by a system of dykes, which, although not as massive as those in the Netherlands or the levees of New Orleans, serve to protect the town from anticipated sources of flooding.
His daughter chose this name because the view across the Fraser River reminded her of Richmond, north of Sydney, Australia. Hugh Boyd, wife of the first reeve of Richmond, was told that the name came from her birthplace, Richmond, England.
The Township of Richmond, British Columbia incorporated on November 10, 1879.
Richmond has an immigrant population of 60%, the highest in Canada.
Richmond is the location of Vancouver International Airport and was the site of the long track speed skating events during the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Recreational trails run along the tops of many of the dykes, and Richmond also supports about 1,400 acres (5.7 km Because of the high water table, very few houses in Richmond have basements and until the late 1980s, very few buildings were above 3 storeys high.