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Fan Tan Alley, Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Just half a block from the golden lions of the Gates of Harmonious Interest lays Fan Tan Alley, the very heart of Canada's oldest Chinatown. The high brick walls of this site have been deeply etched with the rich cultural history of North America's immigrant Chinese..The alleyway's weather-worn red bricks have remained almost unchanged since Chinatown's earliest times. Fan Tan Alley is an alley in Victoria, British Columbia's Chinatown. It was originally a gambling district with restaurants, shops, and opium dens. Today it is a tourist destination as it contains many small shops. It is most famous for being the narrowest street in Canada. At its narrowest point it is only 0.9 metres wide.
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