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Melbourne Chinatown Tours

Technically, over 5,000 miles separate Melbourne from the Chinese city of Shanghai. When standing on the corner of Swanston Street, however, in Melbourne’s CBD, and looking west down Little Bourke Street past rows of Chinese shops, it’s easy to forget you’re still in Australia—rather than Shanghai itself. With the lone exception of San Francisco, Melbourne’s Chinatown is the oldest of its kind in the entire Western world. Established in 1851 by laborers in Victoria’s gold rush, Melbourne’s Chinatown has thrived as the center of the city’s Chinese community. Walking beneath the towering red arch that marks the Chinatown entrance, the smell of dumplings and Sichuan cuisine seems to waft, lift, and rise above each narrow alleyway entrance. While once notorious for its opium and brothels, modern Chinatown is known for its food and colorful, cultural cuisine. Haggle with a vendor selling bright pink dragon fruit or cups of steaming green tea, and feast on miniature dim sum plates full of classic Cantonese flavor. If you ever come up for air between meals, visit the Chinatown Visitor Center and accompanying Chinese Museum, which explores the Chinese community’s history from gold miners up through today. 

Practical Info

Melbourne’s Chinatown rests between the corners of Swanston and Spring Street. It’s a short walk from Melbourne’s CBD, and while the area is always a buzz of activity, late January or early February are packed during Chinese New Year. For sights, the Chinese Museum is open daily from 10am-5pm.

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Melbourne Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour and Phillip Island Penguin Parade plus Viewing Platform

4.5 star rating: Recommended 37 Reviews

See the best of Melbourne and its surrounding highlights on this super saver that combines two must-do tours at a saving of 20%! After a 3-hour city ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $139.24
Melbourne City Full-Day Tour Including Lanes and Arcades Walk, Melbourne, Super Savers
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Melbourne City Full-Day Tour Including Lanes and Arcades Walk

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Enjoy the best of Melbourne on this walking and sightseeing coach tour of the city's major landmarks, popular eating hot spots, laneways, arcades and trendy ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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Half-Day Melbourne City Laneways and Arcades Tour with Eureka Skydeck, Melbourne, Full-day Tours
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Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Half-Day Melbourne City and Arcades Coach Tour with Queen Victoria Market From Melbourne, ... 
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Experience the best of Melbourne, from it's trendy cafes, hidden laneways, historic arcades and it's charming atmosphere by small coach and also on a walking ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $51.28
Melbourne Dumpling Walking Tour, Melbourne, Half-day Tours
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Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $61.39
Melbourne Laneway Discovery Running Tour, Melbourne, Food Tours
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Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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