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Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Montreal’s Chinatown

Just saying that there are so many fun facts about Montreal’s Chinatown. Take the challenge and see how many you actually knew…

Montreal’s Chinatown emerged in the late 1800s. It’s actually one of the oldest districts of all of North America.

Chinatown wasn’t just home to Chinese immigrants. In fact, for 30 years up to 1920, Jewish in Irish immigrants also called it home.

The Wing Building, built in 1826, was the work of the same architect who designed Notre Dame Basilica. It is believed to be Chinatown’s oldest building. You’ll find it at 1009 Rue Côté, near de la Gauchetière. Before it became home to Wing’s Noodles and Fortune Cookie Factory, it used to be a military school and and paper box factory.

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Montreal’s Chinatown was made to look like Manhattan’s Chinatown in 2008 when the film Punisher: War Zone was shot.

Chinatown in Montreal used to be larger before 1970. An entire city block of the area was expropriated to build the Palais des congrès de Montréal and the Complexe Guy-Favreau.

In comparison to any other Chinatown in Canada, Montreal has the most paigangs, or traditional Chinese gates. See here to find their locations.

Montreal’s Chinatown houses the only Chinese Hospital in all of Canada – the Montreal Chinese Hospital.

Montreal Chinese Hospital
Montreal Chinese Hospital

The Miss Chinese Montreal Pageant is hosted here. Its winner heads out to Hong Kong for the International Pageant.

Guilhem Vellut

Most of the Chinese sculptures and art on display for all to see in Chinatown are from local architects and artists, and were put up in 1982.

You’ll find LE ROI SINGE DE CHINATOWN, or the Monkey King sculpture right at the corner of Saint-Urbain and de la Gauchetiere streets. It features SEVEN 5-metre-high concrete panels that illustrate the story of the Monkey King – a Chinese legend. It is the work of artist Pang Tin Neon and has become a major Montreal attraction for tourists.

The first film screening in CANADA was hosted in the Robillard Building in Chinatown back in the late 19th century, near Saint-Laurent and Viger. Unfortunately, the historic building was destroyed by a fire in November of 2016.

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