The Chinatown Millennium Gate is part of a larger plan to market Vancouver’s Chinatown and to im- prove business and living conditions in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. This announcement of Vancouver Agreement funding for the Millennium Gate builds on the unique heritage, cultural and business strengths of the community.
The Gate over Pender, to the east of Taylor, is the realiza- tion of a long-held dream; one that the Vancouver Chinatown Millennium Society has taken on with a sense of urgency these last few years, to promote community pride and attract shoppers and tourists to Chinatown.
Spanning Pender Street adjacent to Shanghai Alley, the Chinatown Millennium Gate is situated at the historical origins of Chinatown where it provides a link with Downtown Vancouver. The gate is expected to promote revitalization of the community by attracting local residents and other visitors, celebrating the history of the Chinese community in Vancouver and complementing other initiatives in the area.
On its eastern face, the gate will bear Chinese characters reminding onlookers to “remember the past and look forward to the future.” On the western face characters will simply say “Chinatown Millennium Gate.”