Monday, October 11, 2010

Thanksgiving Day & the Chinatown Arch

Today, after dinner, we were at loose ends and went exploring.  My favorite spot was the new Chinese Gate on Somerset just west of Bronson. 

It is beautiful, phenomenal in fact, but there is more to it than that.  If you haven't been following the story, or if you want to see a lot of wonderful photos, including ones from the construction process, check out

Some nuggets to whet your appetite:  16 technicians travelled from Beijing China to assist with the construction and decoration and painting of the arch.  The arch's glazed golden tiles were donated by China.  5 special metal coins (the oldest from the Tang Dynasty) and 5 colour spreads are embedded in the structure to bring blessings.

According to the website, the first Asian residents arrived in Ottawa about 100 years ago and by the 1930's there were over 300 people in what is known as Chinatown.