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Chinese settlement

Chinese settlement Review

In a less-visited part of the town is the former Chinese settlement. Chinese miners were common on the goldfields, brought in to raise a flagging local economy after the gold rush abated, but local prejudice from resident Europeans forced them to live in their own separate enclave. Some of their tiny 19th-century buildings, which have been restored, were built of sod, which endures well in the dry climate; others were built of layered schist stone, with roofs of corrugated iron or tussock thatch. Ah Lum's store (also now restored) was built in a style typical of the Canton delta region of China and operated until 1972. Look at the village on your way to one of the great day-walks in the area.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Bush Creek, west end of town, Arrowtown, 9302
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Daily 9–5
  • Location: Arrowtown
Updated: 02-24-2014

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