The Beginning

The city blocks of Victoria known as "Chinatown" form a community. Chinese people have worked and lived in this community for over 100 years.

 

Victoria's Chinatown: Chinese Land Ownership, 1859
Page 185, Chinatowns - Towns Within Cities in Canada, David Chuenyan Lai

Chinatown is a community with shared customs, language, styles of cooking, types of medicines, environment and history.

 

"Little Pete" Fong Ching
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Today, you can enter Chinatown through the Gates of Harmonious Interest.

Victoria, Gate of Harmonious Interest
Government and Fisgard Streets, 1981
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This is what Chinatown looked like back in 1876.

Second Chinese Arch on Cormorant Street
E-01926