Skip to content
Community, Local Government

Preserving Chinatown ceremonial gates as heritage treasures

City of Sydney 2 mins read
Chinatown ceremonial gates

The local historic and social significance of Chinatown’s ceremonial gates is set to be officially recognised, following a City of Sydney move to add them to the heritage register. 

 

Designed using traditional Chinese materials and ornamentation, the red, green and gold tiled archways on Dixon Street in Haymarket bookend one of Sydney’s best-known destinations for Asian food, culture and communities. 

 

A project led by the Dixon Street Chinese Committee, the gates were completed in 1980 and formed part of a broader upgrade of the area carried out with the City of Sydney.  

 

“This area has been recognised locally and internationally for its Asian food, culture, communities, and nightlife for many years. The gates provide a ceremonial entrance to the only surviving original Chinatown in the city centre,” Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore AO said. 

 

“The Haymarket precinct is of great significance to Chinese Australian communities and businesses in Chinatown expressed their desire for the importance of the ceremonial gates to be formally acknowledged.  

 

Restoring and heritage listing these iconic gates will ensure they can be enjoyed for generations to come.” 

 

The gates feature traditional pagoda-style roofs with exposed timber rafters, glazed ceramic tiles, symbolic ceramic figurines, engraved gold leaf signs in Chinese script and are guarded by lion sculptures. 

 

At the top of the gates, inspirational proverbs about friendship and goodwill are inscribed in Chinese characters, along with English translations.  

 
Plans to restore the gates next year are underway with new lights and upgrades in design. 
 

Migration from China to Australia began in the early 1800s. By the 1930s, Haymarket had become a social, cultural and economic centre for Chinese people in Sydney.  

 
At its August meeting, Council voted to amend the City of Sydney's local environmental plan to list the Chinatown ceremonial gates as a heritage item of local significance. The amendment will be put on public exhibition for community feedback. 

 

The City of Sydney is set to breathe new life into Chinatown, with a multi-million-dollar plan to activate and improve streets and public spaces, shopfronts, parks and lighting. The City of Sydney has allocated $44 million in the long-term financial plan to fund works in Haymarket over the next ten years. 

 

For media enquiries contact Roxanne Macara. Phone 0438 554 640 or email rmacara@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au 

 

For interviews with Clover Moore AO, Lord Mayor of Sydney contact Zoe Delamare. Phone 0477 263 615 or email zdelamare@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au 

 

For more stories from your local area, visit news.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au  

 

Restrictions: The City of Sydney provides access to this publicly distributed image for editorial purposes only and remains the copyright owner. No archiving, commercial use or third party distribution is permitted without prior written consent. When using content for editorial purposes, you must include the following image credit adjacent to the content: "Photographer’s Name / City of Sydney” 

Media

More from this category

  • CharitiesAidWelfare, Community
  • 15/04/2024
  • 13:39
Kokoda Youth Foundation

THE KOKODA CHALLENGE RETURNS TO KENILWORTH, RAISING FUNDS FOR LOCAL YOUTH PROGRAMS

MEDIA RELEASE April 2023 THE KOKODA CHALLENGE RETURNS TO KENILWORTH, RAISING FUNDS FOR LOCAL YOUTH PROGRAMS The Kokoda Challenge, an annual charity event that honours the legacy of the Australian Diggers who fought in the Kokoda Campaign during 1942, is returning to Kenilworth the weekend before ANZAC Day, Saturday April 22nd, 2023. Last year, event saw over 1,000 participants hike distances of up to 48 kilometres, raising over $160,000 for local youth programs. Teams of 2-5 people traverse through Imbil State Forest from Kenilworth, some choosing to trail run the 18km, 30km and 48km course that consists of over 1,700…

  • Contains:
  • Animal Animal WelfareRights, Community
  • 15/04/2024
  • 11:45
City of Sydney

Adoption fee discount to ease pressure on animal shelters

The City of Sydney is reducing the adoption fees for pets being housed in its animal shelter, in a bid to reduce pressure on…

  • Contains:
  • Community
  • 14/04/2024
  • 06:16
Australian Red Cross

Resources to look after yourself and children after traumatic events

Australian Red Cross is reminding community members that in challenging times, such as the recent incident at Bondi Junction Westfield, a wide range of resources designed to help people navigate crisis are available on redcross.org.au. Australian Red Cross NSW State Director, Kate Miranda said seeking help soon after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event can significantly improve one's recovery in the short, medium, and long term. "The resources available on redcross.org.au can help people cope with traumatic events and provide valuable tips on looking after both themselves and others, including children. Ms Miranda also reminded community members of the importance…

  • Contains:

Media Outreach made fast, easy, simple.

Feature your press release on Medianet's News Hub every time you distribute with Medianet. Pay per release or save with a subscription.