Historical Alley, Vancouver

Historical Alley, Vancouver

Historical Alley marks the area where Vancouver's earliest Chinese settlers made their home. Originally comprised of Canton and Shanghai alley, this area housed over one thousand Asian-Canadian residents, and was home to stores, restaurants, opera, and cultural activities.

Shanghai Alley was the first part of Historical Alley to be constructed and inhabited. Later, in 1904, Canton Alley was built. Residents constructed a Chinese style courtyard surrounded with residential and commercial buildings in two parallel, southward running rows. The heart of Historical Alley was the five hundred seat theater built in 1898, surrounded by restaurants and shops. This gave residents of Chinatown a way to enjoy Chinese-language entertainment, food, and company without having to leave their area of Vancouver. This resulted in a tightly woven Chinese-Canadian community that could spend their entire lives without having to leave Vancouver's Chinatown.

The end result of Historical Alley is a Chinatown that's the second largest in all of North America, and one of the most visited by ethnic Chinese from outside of Vancouver. People of all races and nationalities come to Vancouver's Historical Alley for food, shopping, entertainment, and cultural events, as well as to view the Millennium Gate marking the entrance to Chinatown.

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Sight Name: Historical Alley
Sight Location: Vancouver, Canada
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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