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Gastown & Chinatown, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

Gastown was the first downtown core in 1867 and with Hastings Mill sawmill caused the town to become the centre of trade and commerce . In 1886 it was incorporated as the City of Vancouver and the same year all but two buildings got lost in "Great Vancouver Fire".

The statue on the left is in the honour of a seaman ("Gassy" Jack Deigthon) from Yorkshire who opened the first saloon that became the basis for the name Gastown.

Pender Street is the "Main St." in Chinatown. Chinatown is bordering Gastown and Downtown.

These houses are from the early days of Chinatown. No. 3 Road in Richmond, BC has grown with the influx of new members of the Chinese community in Gastown and Aberdeen Centre is the first truly Asian shopping. Dr. Sun Yet-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is part of Chinatown and I will have pictures tomorrow from that garden.

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