Thursday, October 29, 2015

Chinatown And The Gateway

It's been awhile since I've photographed the arch in our Chinatown neighbourhood. This view is from the west side, early in the morning on a late August day.

If you look closely in the first shot, the building at the left has this mural placed on its wall. It's three dimensional, and depicts the arch and a dragon on the run, as viewed from the east side. It was commissioned by the Ottawa Police Service.

This view from the east side is always a pleasant one.

A reminder to those City Daily Photo members: the first of November is soon upon us, and the theme is Ephemeral.


  1. You can't miss this gateway!

  2. This give the feeling of cosmopolitan city.


  3. Nice. I've visited Seattle's Chinatown and also Vancouver's, both with similar gates. I love to explore there.

  4. In a way it is strange the Chinese always mark their neighbourhood in cities with a gate.I don't know any other emigrants do so. They mostly mingle with the other populations.

  5. I love these Chinese gates. It would be interesting to see what gates would look like if designed in the spirit of other countries. Maybe I'll PhotoShop one.

  6. A gorgeous gateway !
    I love also the details of the dragons.

  7. Super impressive gateway into Chinatown William, excellent details.

  8. Very ornate. It seems that many Chinatowns have an arch or a gate as an entrance to the area.

  9. @Whisk: thanks!

    @VP: it really dominates the street.

    @Tomas: indeed.

    @Bibi: I pass through quite often. The neighbourhood has a lot of character.

    @Janey: thank you!

    @Marianne: it does seem peculiar.

  10. @Stuart: that's an idea!

    @EG: I certainly think so.

    @Pamela: the people who worked on it did very well.

    @Karl: so do I.

    @Grace: thanks!

    @Tex: I agree.

    @Red: I have seen this in photos from other Chinatowns.

  11. Interesting pictures. Good.

  12. That is a beautiful arch to mark the neighborhood.

  13. I like that arch, specially the decorations in the second and third photo are beautiful. Such an arch makes absolutely clear in which neighbourhood you are.

  14. That's a gorgeous gateway. I remember seeing some in NY and Japan. I guess every Chinatown has some gateways.

  15. All so very interesting , great photos .

  16. Love the statues!

    One of the things we don't have in St. Louis--a Chinatown. We've had an Italian neighborhood (The Hill) for as long as I can remember, and two of my old neighborhoods are now Little Bosnia and a predominantly Mexican neighborhood, but no Chinatown.

  17. I miss visiting both Japanese and Korean Districts in LA. San Fransciso also has a beautiful entryway.
    Wish we had all the markets and restaurants we had in Souther California. As much as I enjoy Mexican food I dream of Japanese and Korean markets. We have several very small ones but nothing like the ones I use to shop at.

    Wonderful photos as always.
    cheers, parsnip

  18. Cool statues, and I love the Chinatown gateway! It is pretty cold here in Montreal today, and very windy, too. Sun is shining.

  19. Chinatown in Versailles, wishful thinking! Therefore I enjoy your posts, love the entrance!

  20. @Carolann: thanks!

    @Sharon: it really fits in with the surroundings.

    @Jan: it certainly does.

    @Tamago: a good many of them, yes.

    @Country Gal: thanks!

    @Norma: that is quite a surprise. I wonder why, we're not that large a city at under a million, and ours is well established.

    @Parsnip: aside from Chinese restaurants and shops, this area has Japanese, Korean, and other Asian restaurants and shops.

    @Linda: we've got the wind and clear skies today too.

    @Ciel: a Chinatown in Versailles wouldn't be likely.

    @RedPat: I agree!

  21. It is strange to see the streets so empty.


  22. Fancy! I like the statues and the dragon mural.

  23. Lovely! A lot different from the St. Louis Arch but just as interesting!

  24. love this kind of architecture ( ; peaceful

  25. Looks ever so much like the gate here in D.C.

  26. @Janis: this would have been before nine in the morning on a Saturday. That street's usually busy during the week, but at that time on a weekend, it's possible to step out on the street and photograph, as long as one has one's mind on what's behind them!

    @Terri: thank you!

    @Cheryl: thanks!

    @Beth: it's unusual in our city, but fits this area perfectly.

    @Revrunner: I've seen shots of that, and I can agree.

  27. Great photos of Chinatown. We have similar scenes in Washington DC and I always enjoy visiting them.

  28. Fantastic sculptures and a terrific mural.

  29. It had not occurred to me that Ottawa would have a Chinatown, but, of course it does.

  30. A very Chinese archway! Have a terrific day!

  31. The artwork in these Chinese features is extraordinary. Love the touch of fantasy.

  32. That's a gorgeous entrance. I'm always taken by how wide the streets are in most of the Chinatowns I've seen. Those in San Francisco's Chinatown, which date probably about a hundred years, are very narrow.

  33. @Denise: it is still an eclectic neighbourhood. I pass through it on a regular basis.

    @Mari: I certainly think so.

    @Jack: a good many places do.

    @Nancy: it was well put together.

    @Gemma: I do too.

    @Kay: these streets tended to be laid out in the last century.