"Chinatown" Chinatown Tip by Carmanah

Chinatown, Victoria: 32 reviews and 66 photos

  The main gates in Chinatown
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  • The main gates in Chinatown - Victoria
      The main gates in Chinatown
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  • One of the few Chinese produce stores in Chinatown - Victoria
      One of the few Chinese produce stores in Chinatown
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  • The famous Don Mee restaurant in Chinatown. - Victoria
      The famous Don Mee restaurant in Chinatown.
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  • My visit to Victoria's Chinatown in 2001 - Victoria
      My visit to Victoria's Chinatown in 2001
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The Chinese people play a big role in British Columbia history and are certainly considered pioneers. Chinatown is part of that history. It's an old part of Victoria which holds onto Chinese heritage.

If you've been to Vancouver or San Francisco, or any city with a really large Chinatown, don't come to Victoria with the same expectations. While Victoria's Chinatown is the oldest one in Canada, it's possibly the smallest as well. The area is pretty much confined to one and a half blocks. However, you'll see Chinese restaurants, produce stores, traditional medicine stores and more. If you look closely and zoom in on the photo I've attached, you can even spot a Chinese-style telephone booth!

The best part about Victoria's Chinatown, in my opinion, is Fan Tan Alley. Fan Tan Alley is a very narrow gap between 2 buildings, and if you weren't looking for it, you would walk right past it without realizing it was there. Once you walk through the narrow path between the 2 brick buildings, it opens up into a narrow courtyard with a bunch of little shops. There's a great used music shop, and a fantastic musical instrument shop. There's some great clothing boutiques, and my favourite, the Chinese store full of little trinkets and novelty items. The store looks small, even from inside, but once you go around the corner, you realize it extends into several rooms!

Address: Douglas St. to the Warf of Upper Harbour
Directions: Off of Government Street, about 5 blocks north of the Empress Hotel.
Website: http://chinatown.library.uvic.ca/home

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  • Updated Jun 29, 2007
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