With a surge of immigration in the late 19th century, Victoria's Chinatown grew by leaps and bounds. The area quickly garnered a seedy reputation because of the rise of opium factories, gambling dens, and brothels. As the decades past, the area began to decline in both population and size, and by the 1980s plans to significantly revitalize Chinatown had begun.
Today, Victoria's Chinatown is popular with artists, tourists, and locals alike. Places like Fan Tan Alley showcase the oddities and history within this unique neighbourhood. Between the markets, coffee shops, bright lanterns, and vibrant colours, there's an undeniable energy here. Victoria's Chinatown has become a must-see downtown attraction within the city, and in 1995 it was designated a National Historic Site of Canada.
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