"Lots of Small Stores and Restaurants" Top 5 Page for this destination Chinatown Tip by glabah

Chinatown, Victoria: 32 reviews and 66 photos

  Chinatown entrance: "Gates of Harmonious Interest"
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      Chinatown entrance: "Gates of Harmonious Interest"
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  • eccentric Chinatown public art - Victoria
      eccentric Chinatown public art
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  • eccentric Chinatown public art - Victoria
      eccentric Chinatown public art
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      Chinatown lights at Night
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Chinatown itself, while supposedly the best preserved Chinatown in all of Canada (according to the standard tourist propaganda), really isn't that large. It is filled with a number of small stores and restaurants, and those are really all better covered in their own entries.

You will find a number of public art works that emphasize this is Victoria's china town, and that is about it in terms of making Chinatown a general purpose tip due to the businesses all being separate.

The main gate (see photo 1) is located at Fisgard and Government streets, and the main business district of Chinatown extends west on Fisgard street from there. A huge portion of the markets, stores and restaurants are extremely hidden from view from the street as they are located down narrow alleys. The most commonly mentioned such alley on the tourist literature is Fan Tan Alley, which runs south from Fisgard Street several stores west from Government Street.

Herald Street, one block north of Fisgard, also features some elements of Chinatown, but not the heavy concentration seen on Fisgard for the one block between Government Street and Store Street.

I have just barely scratched the surface of what is available in Chinatown in terms of vendors and restaurants. However, most likely you will find your best information about this area of town featured in the individual restaurant and shopping tourist information rather than in general Chinatown information.

Other than all those independent businesses, the primary attraction here is to wander through the section and window-shop, and admire the huge works of art declaring to the world that this is Chinatown.

The web site given below is for a tour company that does offer walking tours of Chinatown, but I have not been on any of their tours. It does feature a little information about the area, but not a whole lot.

Address: Fisgard Street
Directions: Between Government and Wharf Road on Fisgard. One block north of the Johnson Street bridge, and two blocks north of Johnson and Government street intersection.
Website: http://www.oldchinatown.com/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 24, 2010
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