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“A truly historic place worth preserving.”
Review of Chinatown

Chinatown
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Historical Chinatown Walking Tour
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Historic Downtown Victoria Food Tour
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1-Hour Luxury City Tour of Victoria
Ranked #24 of 201 things to do in Victoria
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Owner description: Canada's oldest Chinatown is characterized by narrow, winding streets and lots of little shops and restaurants.
Reviewed October 18, 2011

Chinatown in Victoria is by far the oldest Chinatown in Canada.
I personally do like historical buildings and towns; they have an atmosphere often lacking in newer cities and this Chinatown is like it was with a famous narrow alley "Fan Tan Alley".
After the arrival of the railroad in Vancouver, Vancouver became the largest Chinatown in Canada, but Victoria still provides the most historical buildings as the town never had a big fire. Around Chinatown there are numerous old buildings that are well preserved and worthwhile seeing. The Market Place that covers a whole block is one of them.

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Reviewed October 1, 2011

My s-i-l and I went to Chinatown after zip-lining. We had a great lunch and found some good shopping sales. I love going through their grocery stores because you can get things that you can't get in a regular store, including unusual vegetables. There are many restaurants and fun stores to meander through. They had an unusual pot that I couldn't figure out what it was for. It turned out it was for the woman who had just delivered a baby and they put stuff in it and keep a fire going under it for 2 mos. and is supposed to give nutrition back to the mother. Would I eat it, I don't think so...but it was nice to know what it was for. The people are friendly wherever you go in Victoria.

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Reviewed September 30, 2011

errrrr....uhhhh....not much to see?? Stores and restaurants.

We were excited to go since we did not get to go to China Town on our trip to Victoria in 2010.

So we booked a tour with Old China Town tours....for their 3 hour dinner hidden dragon tour...well we got stood up! Our tour guide never showed up. So we took to exploring China Town on our own...it is only a couple of blocks...much smaller than I expected....but sure we would have understood and learned more about the town if the darn tour guide appeared.

it was neat to see signs such as Coca-Cola in Chinese, the interesting fruit being sold at the sidewalk fruit markets such as the stinky fruit Durian. Even their street garbage cans and telephone booths are very interesting to see.

The stores we entered all looked subpar and most of the product looked like something I might see at a yard sale. (sorry don't mean to disrespect, just trying to describe)

There were many restaurants and some of the plates we saw that folks were eating sure did look good. We opted not to have dinner in China Town just cuz we were so bummed out about being jerked around for our tour. :(

Fan Tan alley is pretty cool looking, but it's not too long and most of the stores down the alley were closing at about 7pm on a Tuesday night......the 2 stores we went in there were alot nicer and nice items compared to the stores on the main street.

Thank kitteakat
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Reviewed September 18, 2011

OK, you know it's a small area, so what are you going to see? Well, there are several good restaurants, with my favourite the Fan Tan Cafe, on Fisgaurd. There is a walk through area showing a bit of the Chinese culture, but the walk through Fan Tan Alley, is fun if you haven't done it. It’s just a narrow little passage with a few stores leading off it. If you love MUSIC, then you have to stop in at The Turntable, 3 - 23 Fan Tan Alley. They have one of the BEST collections of 60 - 70’s vinyl and newer CD's. There are many more things to do, but if Chinese food and music are on your list, then do go.

1  Thank british_eh
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Reviewed September 9, 2011

Early in the morning the streets are packed with trucks arriving to unload the fresh produce and sea food and the street is buzzing with activity and wonderful exotic smells. All day the stores are busy selling their wares and at night the activity continues as the second story restaurants accomodate visitors with their delightful dishes. Fan Tan Alley is the narrowest street in Canada I believe and is the reason you really need to go here. It has a very narrow gate, which is locked at night and you get the impression you may be entering another world and you are! This narrow street has delightful shops crowded with items and old brick walls. One shop has a tiny room still set up as a betting booth with a mannequin on display to show how it must have been in the early days. There are no indicators that it is there. In walking around you suddenly come across it and it's enchanting. Fabulous food and interesting sites await you. Don't miss it.

Thank Jill D
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