Arrowtown is a historic town with elegant Victorian style near Queenstown. The rise of Arrowtown began in the 1860s. After the discovery of gold in Arrow River, seven to eight times of the population in Arrowtown today rushed into the area. Many of the buildings in the main street were built during the days of gold mining. Rather than relics, they are in everyday use as offices, cafes and shops. In the autumn, woods and forests in Arrowtown are all framed by spectacular slopes of autumn color. At this time of the year, Arrowtown will hold a welcoming festival for the arrival of autumn. If you are traveling to the South Island of New Zealand in the fall, be sure to spare some time for Arrowtown.
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There is a memorial hall in the town of Arrow that is closely related to the Chinese. It records in detail the long period of humiliation and bitterness of the Chinese miners in the 19th century.
1865, the gold rush in the Otago region began to cool down, a large number of European gold diggers went to the new gold mine on the west coast, the authorities worried about the economic collapse, decided to invite Australian Chinese miners to mine.
But with the increasing number of Chinese and the expansion of commercial interests, locals worried that New Zealand would become a inferior race colony and began to introduce a series of laws to prevent Chinese immigrants and set up the Anti-China European Miners Association. The Chinese began to suffer Insult.
Chinese people are deeply anxious about the hostility of the local people, suffering from poverty, they can't get rid of the status quo, they can only bear the burden of humiliation, hope to get enough 100-200 SGD to go home, use the money to buy a small farm, and eat a good food. life. In fact, with the depletion of gold mines, they knew that the gold rush dream was broken and they could only rely on traditional farming techniques to live. The shacks and shops of the
memorial hall were rebuilt in the same year. It was so sighing that it was hard to imagine people living in such a harsh environment.
In 2002, the New Zealand government officially apologized to the Chinese community for legally discriminating against early Chinese settlers; the following year, the New Zealand Protection Agency identified the improvement of the Chinese town of Arrowtown as part of the national reconciliation process to recognize the original Chinese The unique identity, history and courage of New Zealanders."
We should not forget this history. I would like to use this text to celebrate the Chinese pioneers in New Zealand and recognize their contribution to the multicultural community in New Zealand.
In the filming of the Lord of the Rings, the scene of Arwen's fight against the spirit in the movie was filmed at ArrowRiver's the Fordof Bruinen.
The famous gold rush town. It is only 15 minutes drive from Queenstown. At the beginning of the 19th century, a large number of workers came here to find gold for wealth, including Chinese people who came to China from Guangdong, the Pearl River Delta and other places. At the riverside of Arrowtown, there is a Chinese Village (Chinese Settlement). The local government has worked very hard and kept some of the houses that the Chinese lived in during the gold rush here. In order to facilitate the visit of Chinese tourists, the Chinese village also has a Chinese commentary. Arrow Town The local museum is also worth visiting. There are precious cultural relics and materials about the history of Chinese gold rush. Arrowtown is not big. The only bustling commercial street in the town is called Buckingham Street. Gift shops, coffee shops and restaurants are concentrated here. Arrow Town The most beautiful time is the number of autumns every year. At the end of April and early May, the golden leaves were covered with branches, and the entire hill was golden. This time of year is also the annual autumn carnival festival in Arrowtown. Everyone is on the streets to celebrate and the atmosphere of joy is everywhere.
Traffic: operated by Connectabus, going to Arrowtown Generally speaking, take 11 to Frankton.
Arrowtown is also a small town that mines gold. The original American San Francisco was not its own name. It was originally called Jinshan. But later, people discovered that New Zealands Arrowtown also has a lot of gold, named Jinshan, so the American Jinshan was renamed. In San Francisco, the people living in the town are the workers who mine gold. At the same time, Arrowtown is also a magical town. It is completely different from the magical scene on the previous mountain train. The most beautiful thing in Arrowtown is autumn, and the autumn colors sweep the whole town. In the high and low mountains, the mountains are full of golden shocks. Unlike the ordinary autumn, the autumn of Arrowtown is not sad, but the magical people cant believe that the location is real. The elf kingdom in the middle is the view of the town of Arrow, the scenery of the lake, the autumn scenery of the mountains, the town surrounded by mountains, the most beautiful sunrise and sunset, every tree with golden leaves A piece of art, thousands of pieces of art gathered together, became an extremely beautiful oil painting, golden and maple red on the hillsides, the setting sun, the quiet town, the rush The river, to the town cast a most psychedelic colors.
The town's start-up is legendary. It is said that Williams, the founder of Queenstown, found the sands on the Arrow River and took 23 pounds of gold in just a few weeks. This heavy news opened the prelude to the economic development of Arrowtown. There were still many Chinese miners working hard here, and now they can still see the remnants of Chinese miners in Arrowtown. The
Arrow River is therefore known as one of the most abundant rivers in the world. After the gold rush cooled down, the arrow town of Qionglai was calm, with more than 30,000 people at the peak of the population and no more than 2,000 people.
Today's town is still very well maintained and maintains its historical characteristics. At the crossroads of the town is the Visitor Center and the Gold Rush Museum. The exhibits here tell about the gold rush in the year. The ancient architectural district of Arrowtown is a few hundred meters long street extending from the crossroads where the museum is located: Buckingham Street. There are more than 60 well-preserved buildings in the Gold Rush era on both sides. Some of these historic buildings are still in daily use.
For example, the Arrowtown Post Office, which opened in 1863, is still open for business. It is said to be the oldest post office in New Zealand. Some have turned into restaurants or homestays. Without exception, the signboard standing at the entrance to the building silently declares its own history for hundreds of years.
Walk on this street, surrounded by centuries-old European architecture: an old English phone booth, a 19th-century inn, a classic car parked by the road, and the time seems to have returned to more than 100 years ago.