The Southern Alps and Fiordland Sights

Chinese settlement

  • Neighborhood/Street

Published 10/27/2015

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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.

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Bush Creek, west end of town, Arrowtown, Otago, 9302, New Zealand

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Daily 9–5

Published 10/27/2015


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