Chinatown has prospered and flourished since the first Chinese migrated to Victoria at the beginning of the gold rush. Decorated archways herald the entrance to the Little Bourke Street strip at the Swanston, Russell and Exhibition street ends. Like Chinatowns around the world, Melbourne’s Chinatown is distinctive, with lanterns decorating the street at night and exotic aromas drifting out through the doorways of small restaurants.

The Chinese Museum, in Cohen Place off Little Bourke Street, tells the tale of the Chinese who migrated to Australia in search of the ‘New Gold Mountain’, and is also the resting place of Dai Loong (Big Dragon), which roams the streets during Chinese New Year. 22 Cohen Pl; (03) 9662 2888; open 10am–5pm daily.

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