21 Gate of Harmonious Interest at Chinatown in Victoria, Canada

People began arriving from China in 1858 at the start of the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush. The numbers accelerated in the 1880s during the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway. In 1885, the Chinese had become so numerous in Victoria that the federal government imposed an immigration tax. This had a nominal effect. By 1910, Chinese constituted nearly half of the city’s population. Most of them lived in Victoria’s Chinatown, the second oldest in North America. Today, the neighborhood is a popular tourist attraction. This traditional paifang (Chinese arch) over Fisgard Street is the Gate of Harmonious Interest.

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500 Fisgard St, Victoria, BC V8W 1R4, Canada

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