"Chinatown" Chinatown Tip by sunnywong

Chinatown, Victoria: 32 reviews and 66 photos

  Gate of Harmonious, Victoria, BC
by sunnywong

This Chinatown is the oldest in Canada and the second oldest in North American (after San Francisco's Chinatown). During the Gold Rush, Chinatown was much larger, as half of Victoria's population was Chinese. The Gate of Harmonious Interest was built 20 years ago as a gift from Suzhou, Victoria's sister city in China. Walk through the gates and cross Government Street to the Chinese Public School. Built in 1909, the Chinese Public School still offers classes in Chinese languages, history and culture.

From Pandora Street, walk through Fan Tan Alley to get to Fisgard Street. Fan Tan Alley is the narrowest street in Canada and was once the home of opium dens and gambling houses.

Address: Douglas St. to the Warf of Upper Harbour
Directions: Fisgard and Herald streets at Government
Website: http://chinatown.library.uvic.ca/home

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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