Located at the east end of Little Bourke Street between Exhibition and Swanston street, Melbourne’s Chinatown is Australia’s oldest continuous Chinese settlement. It began with a few boarding houses in the 1850s (when the goldrushes attracted Chinese people in droves, many from the Pearl River Delta near Hong Kong) and grew as the gold began to run out and Chinese fortune-seekers headed back to the city. Today the area still has a low-rise, narrow-laned, nineteenth-century character, and it’s packed with restaurants and stores.