Vancouver has one of the largest Chinatowns in North America. Besides the many fascinating shops there are many designated heritage buildings and intriguing stories behind the history of this area.
In the late 1890's early Chinese immigrants settled in are area known as Shanghai Alley and Canton Alley. Canton Alley was createdas a Chinese style coutryard surrounded by two parralell rows of buildings and the two alleys were the site of a vibrant nightlife, opera music, shopping and political and cultural activities.The new gateway entrance to Chinatown was a millenium project, part of the testament tot he early Chinese's struggles and triumphs.
Most of today's Chinese residents live outside of the downtown core but Chinatown's centre is still a busy, interesting hug, situated around the Chinese Cultural Centre on Pender Street. The Dr. Sun Yat Sen gardens are located just behind the cultural centre.
GUNG HAI FAT CHOY is the traditional Chinese greeting to celebrate the Lunar New Year. If you look at my travel web site, www.travelthruhistory.com you will find more pictures and stories of Chinatown including the colourful Chinese New Years celebrations.