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Gate of Harmonious Interest

Fisgard Street, entrance to Chinatown
38 feet high
The Gate of Harmonious Interest is the entrance to Chinatown, the oldest in Canada. The gate stands 38 feet high and was erected in 1981 in commemoration of Chinatown's revitalization by the City of Victoria and the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association. Both Chinese and non-Chinese communities were involved in this accomplishment, hence the two inscriptions: To work together with one heart and To help each other achieve harmony.

Two hand-carved stone lions, gifts from Victoria's Twin City, Suzhou of the People's Republic of China, guard either side of this elaborately detailed red and gold gate. Two time capsules, to be opened in 2081 and 2096, are encapsulated in each outer red pillar. The names of 61 Chinese Canadians who fought and died for Canada in World War II are engraved on a plaque.

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