Gastown-Chinatown

The Gastown neighborhood in Vancouver is the original townsite of the city, populated in the 1870's. Preservation of the older buildings continues its charm. A local landmark popular with visitors is a steam clock built in 1977 covering a steam grate. In Chinatown the Millennium Gate, a gift from the People's Republic of China, constructed for the 1986 Expo spans Pender Street. The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden joined Canadian and Chinese workers from Suzhou in 1985 to create a peaceful place in the middle of Chinatown. The Sam Kee Building from 1913 claims to be the narrowest commercial building in the world. Memorials to war dead in Victory Square and Chinese-Canadians in Chinatown are complemented by a mural noting contributions over the past century by Chinese to Vancouver. The International Village Shopping Centre adds a modern touch to the historic neighborhood.

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