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Historical Chinatown Walking Tour

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    Stop At: Chinatown, Fisgard St., Victoria, British Columbia Canada

    Victoria was the supply center for the gold rush and grew to become British Columbia’s largest city before the birth of Vancouver in the 1880's. Victoria’s Chinatown was the home base for thousands of Chinese. Some established their own stores, restaurants, laundries and farms. In the city, some worked as gardeners, servants and cooks in the homes of non-Chinese. Outside the city, many worked for others in the gold fields, coal mines, logging camps and fish canneries. For many years, Victoria had the largest Chinese population in Canada. Today, its Chinese population is small in comparison to other cities, but Victoria will always have the distinction of being home to Canada’s oldest Chinatown.

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Pass By: Victoria Chinese Public School, 636 Fisgard St, Victoria, BC V8W 1R6, Canada

    The Chinese Public School is Victoria's most intriguing building. Learn about why it was built and why there is much more to its ornate architecture than meets the eye.

    Stop At: Fan Tan Alley, Chinatown, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1R4 Canada

    Fan Tan Alley is undoubtedly the most famous place in Chinatown, if not in all of Victoria. Many former gambling dens still exist in Fan Tan Alley. A demonstration of how to play fan tan  may be included in your tour.

    Duration: 20 minutes
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    Departure Point
    1681 Government St, Victoria, BC V8W 0A1, Canada
    Departure Time
    10:30 AM
    1h 30m
    Return Details
    3 Fan Tan Alley, Victoria, BC V8W 3G9, Canada
    • Local guide
    • If visiting the Tam Kung Temple, an optional donation of $1/person is recommended
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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
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    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 17 July 2019

    Chris Adams was superb as a knowledgeable, friendly guide making possible a very pleasant exploration of this fascinating part of Victoria. His audio transmitter and our receivers worked perfectly. We are nearly 80, yet had no trouble with the pace and extent of the tour.

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank DayTrip624534
    Reviewed 3 July 2019

    We appreciated the depth of knowledge that Chris had regarding Chinatown and it's history. We all found the tour to be enjoyable.

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank nana444
    Reviewed 27 December 2018

    The guide was incredibly knowledgeable and his respect for the Chinese community really came through. We learned about the history of Chinese in Canada, the artist who painted murals in Chinatown, and visited a temple and an herbalist. We also learned about the gambling and...More

    Date of experience: December 2018
    1  Thank Amanda C
    Reviewed 28 August 2018

    Did the walking tour of China Town and the James Bay "Emily Carr" walk. Each walk was 90 min in length, lead by a very capable knowledgeable guide who I gather is a historian by education and a resident of Victoria since age 11. A...More

    Date of experience: August 2018
    1  Thank Elizabeth471
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