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Sound clip from audio tour of Vancouver's Chinatown

Chinatown's Millenium Gate

In Chinatown your senses will be filled with the sights, sounds and smells of Asia. The first Chinese came here at the end of the 19th Century, when the Canadian Pacific Railway recruited 15,000 Chinese labourers. They gladly came, planning to work on the railroad and then make their fortunes in the gold fields. But work on the railway was dangerous and difficult and many died. Promises of gold never materialized.

Take a self-guided tour of Chinatown with the Vancouver Talks audio tour. Visit six points of interest to learn about the fascinating history and architecture of Chinatown - one of Vancouver's oldest neigbourhoods. After listening to our audio tour of Chinatown, visit the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Classical Chinese Garden next door.