The first Chinese immigrants came to Montreal in 1877. The community grew rapidly around De La Gauchetière Street and was designated as Chinatown in 1902. The pedestrian-only walkway through the neighborhood is filled with ethnic restaurants and businesses. They cater to the Chinese plus tourists seeking a cultural experience and cuisine. These elderly women are engaging in traditional Chinese mind and body exercises. This centuries-old activity improves motor movements while offering social interaction. They are standing at Place Sun Yat-sen. The small event venue is named after the first president of the Republic of China. A bust of the Father of the Nation is seen on the right.