Many Chinese live here in Arrowtown, Queenstown. Most of them settled here for gold panning over 100 years ago. The Chinese settlement here is a community where Chinese people live together. There are many Chinese elements in it. The business is very lively. Although it is not like Chinatown, it is also worth a visit.
The town of Arrow discovered gold in the 19th century, so it attracted a large number of gold diggers, including Chinese workers. The Chinese village is the relic of the Chinese workers when they were there. It records that history. There are also many history of labor in the Arrows museum. If you are interested, take a long day to explore it.
The houses were built from the results of the archaeologists' discoveries. The houses were very low and dark, with very small windows. There were always signs on the road that told us about the Chinese people who worked and lived here, and we could learn a lot about the local history.
This is a restoration and reconstruction on the original site under the guidance of the Archaeology Department of the University of Otago, recreating the living style of the Chinese gold prospectors back then. This Chinese settlement was next to Arrowtown, and there are still people living nearby, but it feels a little sad when entering the ruins. The Chinese people back then were really hard-working. Such houses seem to make people feel so sad. Sad.
One of the more famous attractions in Arrowtown, many people go to see it
The right time and the right place. Life will be sad if it is missing.