How big is Edmonton’s Chinatown?
Edmonton’s Chinatown is the 3rd largest in Canada and many suggest that Edmonton has many Chinatowns scattered throughout the city. The main strip is located on 97th Street between 105A Ave and 108A Ave, but also includes the blocks 107A Ave and 101 Street that surround the main strip.
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Edmonton's current Chinatown consists of two parts. The Harbin Gate (a paifang from Harbin, Edmonton’s sister city) marks the entrance to the older section, Chinatown South. The area is also decorated throughout with Chinese-themed street furnishings. The second area, Chinatown North, is located not too far from its older counterpart and also includes a large Vietnamese presence and blends into the multicultural “Avenue of Nations" located along 107 Ave which runs east-to-west along the northern edge of both Chinatown and Little Italy.
The city’s first Chinatown was established in the late 19th century by Chinese men immigrating to Canada to help build the Canadian Northern Railway.
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