brief history ...
The Chinese people started to migrate in Australia
after fields of gold were discovered in Australia
In Sydney, the first records about Chinatown date from 1860's. At that time, Chinatown was situated between Wentworth Avenue and Wexford Street (Surry Hills). After the Lambing Flat Riot¹)
, the resentment against the Chinese population was growing and in 1861 Chinese Immigration Act was passed. This legislation was discriminating against the immigration of the Chinese people. Latter on, in 1901 Australian White Policy, legislation was passed restricting "Asiatic and coloureds"
from migrating into Australia
In the 1920s, Sydney Chinatown moved over to Campbell Street, where the Capitol Theatre is located today. In the 1930's, when the Paddy's Market
was moved to their current site, Chinatown has moved along to Dixon and Hay Street, where is located today. Chinatown is occupying the area between the corner of Sussex and Liverpool Streets to Hay Street, bounded by George Street and Darling Harbour.
After 1966, when the Australian White Policy migration was abolished, the number of people of Chinese origin started to increase steadily. In Chinatown, through private investment, a lot of traditional Chinese icons started to be build: ceremonial archways, dragons, lions, pavilions and so on.
Between 1860 and 1861, a wave of anti-Chinese riots took place in the gold fields of New South Wales, Australia
. They entered in history as the riots from Lambing Flat (now called Young) after the name of the settlement.
In Sydney Chinatown you can find a variety of stores and attractions, cheap eateries and Chinese restaurants.
Do not forget the boutique fashion stores, jewelry stores and the grocery shopping stores which are selling traditional Chinese vegetables and fruits not normally available in other shops.
Surrounding attractions include: Star City Casino
, Darling Harbour, Chinese Garden of Friendship
, Entertainment Center, Monorail
, and Capitol Theatre.
tourist information ...
How to get there
to Central Station
and then a 10 minute walk. All the buses
going toward the Central Station
via George Street. Monorail
and the LightRail are also stopping in the area.
Web site: Sydney Chinatown
Hours of Operation
Most Chinese shops, in Chinatown or in an other suburb, are opened as any other shop, but some Chinese shops are also opened during Easter, Christmas
or around New Year
, because the Chinese are not observing these events. See the NSW public holidays list