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Chinatown

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Address: Fisgard St., Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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Canada's oldest Chinatown is characterized by narrow, winding streets and...

Canada's oldest Chinatown is characterized by narrow, winding streets and lots of little shops and restaurants.

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Tiny but lots of places to eat

Very small but some interesting food and souvenir stores and a few places to eat. It was nice that the stores were open later since we needed a place to wander while we waited... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Victoria Chinatown, in the capital of British Columbia is the oldest Chinatown in Canada and second only to San Francisco in North America. One enters through the beautiful ornate "Gate of Harmonious Interest" which creates a welcoming entrance into a different world. Many lovely shops, including fresh produce market and eateries entice visitors and tourists to stay longer than expected... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very small but some interesting food and souvenir stores and a few places to eat. It was nice that the stores were open later since we needed a place to wander while we waited for a table. Fan Tan Alley had some interesting stores but they closed earlier. Worth a detour on a walk downtown, not so much as a... More 

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Sultan, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I would recommend visiting this Chinatown if you haven't yet visited one, as it's typical of all the others that we have seen. Interesting, but only for those who haven't been.

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Bucks County, PA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Victoria Chinatown is rather small, with one distinguishing feature: Fan Tan Alley. Reputed to be a former gambling den, this tiny alley (varying reports as to its actual size) is nontheless crowded with shops on both sides.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Victoria's Chinatown is not that big. It really only consists of one block on Fisgard Street, with a smattering of some Chinese markets and cultural centres in the nearby area. On the east end is a gateway across the street which plays music every so often, I'm not sure if it's to attract or repel though... On this street, you'll... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Chinatown seems to have fallen a bit since I was there five years ago. We were very disappointed to see many shops closed; the ones open had billboard type food offerings that were lack-lustre at best. We chose to walk out of three restaurants and found a great Mexican place near the Johnson Street Bridge instead.

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Nancy, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was expecting something a little bit bigger. However the block that is here is quite cute and it takes you back 100 years. It doesn't take long to go through but it is for sure worth the stop.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tiny but adorable. In one block you can feel the ancient Chinese culture and how it influenced BC at the beginning of the settlement.

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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

yes its only one block long but make sure and look for the not so secret ally with very cool shops and photo opps a few tasty restaurant with ducks hanging in the window and yes you can find hello kitty stuff in the many gift shops

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Puyallup, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not much to see except beautiful gates. Very few shops except inexpensive souvenirs. Did not see a restaurant maybe it was the time of year we visited so nothing open. good for a quick walk thru.

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