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A Quick Look at Melbourne's Beloved Chinatown

Picture of James Fenn
Photography Commissioner
Updated: 31 March 2017
Melbourne’s Chinatown is a distinct and well known area which dates back to the gold rush days of the 1850s. It is also the longest continuous Chinese settlement in the western world!

Situated on Little Bourke Street, it is home to hundreds of restaurants and places to shop, all taking their place within its low-rise brick buildings that retain their historic character. Be sure to visit the museum and the botanical gardens as well as checking out the famed arches, which have been recently restored to their former glory.

The Chinese museum is located in the heart of Chinatown and includes five floors. Most importantly it houses the Dai Loong, a massive dragon which requires 200 people to stage a procession. It is ‘awakened’ every year with a ceremony to the gods, followed by a traditional dance.