China Gate, Chinatown

With its white and grey hues and gold accents the China Gate in Vancouver's Chinatown District is a classic piece of art towering over visitors and outlining in beautiful script twenty years of twining with Vancouver's sister city of  Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China. CREDIT: Venture Vancouver, SOURCE:

Unveiled in 2005, the new China Gate is a classic and beautiful structure outside the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park Courtyard, welcoming all visitors into this community area.





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Originally built for the 1986 World Expo, the gold and grey China Gate represents the connection between China and the residents of Vancouver's Chinatown, commemorating the historical ties many have. The original gate was unfortunately unable to withstand the rainy weather and the gate was demolished and a new one erected in its place to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the sister city agreement with Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China and now welcomes visitors into the community centre square off Pender Street.

Towering over nearby Pender Street as a majestic entrance into gardens of Chinatown, the China Gate (not to be confused with the Millennium Gate at the entrance of Chinatown) is a beautiful gold and white gate, welcoming visitors into the local square in this heritage neighbourhood.

The original gate was donated to the city of Vancouver by the Government of the Peoples Republic of China after the 1986 World Expo, however, years of wear and tear led to its overhaul and the new gate which currently stands in its place was unveiled in 2005 on the 20th anniversary of the Sister City Agreement between the cities of Vancouver and Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China.

Both the government and members of the community played a part in raising funds and rebuilding the gate as seen by the many inspirational poems, messages and plaques that adorn the columns.

The ornate steel and stone design continues to function as the original gate did, creating a space within Vancouver celebrating community, culture and history.

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The entrance to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park Courtyard, the China Gate is a magnificent piece which was rebuilt after the original gate eroded under the weather conditions. This Gold and white gate atop four columns now symbolizes the sister city agreement between Vancouver's Chinatown and Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China.

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50 East Pender Street

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