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Welcome to Chinatown

Place for dining, shopping, entertainment and accommodation.

Chinatown is a distinctive and well known area of Melbourne which dates back to the gold rush days of the 1850s. Chinatown Melbourne is the longest continuous Chinese settlement in the western world.

Chinatown's essential character and main focus is along Little Bourke Street with alleys that link the area to Bourke Street and Lonsdale Street.

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About Chinatown

Chinatown Historic Buildings

Chinatown Historic Buildings

Melbourne’s Chinatown streetscape was established in the 1850s as a staging post for many thousands of Chinese gold seekers who arrived at the Port of Melbourne to gather provisions and head off to the Goldfields in country Victoria.

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About Chinatown

It was the discovery of gold in 1851 which attracted Chinese immigration to Victoria on a large scale.

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Chinese Museum

Chinese Museum

Five levels of history and artefacts, including the Dragon Gallery and the Finding Gold experience.
Open daily 10 am to 4 pm.

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Dai Loong

Dai Loong

The Millennium Dai Loong Dragon was commissioned from the Foshan Arts Institute China in 2002 with its first parade during Chinese New Year in 2003.

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Melbourne Visitor Shuttle

Melbourne Visitor Shuttle

A great value service for exploring the diversity of inner city Melbourne.

Tickets can be purchased from Best of Victoria at the Melbourne Visitor Centre in Federation Square or from ticket machines located at each of the 13 stops (coin or credit card only). The $5 ticket includes unlimited trips only on the calendar day it is purchased and will not be valid for a period of 24 hours over two days.

For more information visit: melbourne.vic.gov.au/shuttle.