Thursday, 5 April 2012

Historical Chinese Settlement @ Arrowtown, New Zealand


 < Chinese Settlement > which is located at the banks of Bush Creek, Arrowtown was built by Chinese miners from 1868, this area of restored shelters and buildings paints a picture of earlier times. Life was hard, winters were cruel and gold was often elusive. I felt sorrow while seeing those narrow tiny huts of the chinese miners with the harsh reality of the goldfield life, knew seemingly they were invited but definitely unwelcome.. Census figures for 1874 reveal that there were 3,564 Chinese in Otago. Often victims of discrimination they lived on the fringes of European settlements and in isolated gullies close to their mining claims. Chinese that died were either buried in the graves in a Chinese section or just outside the cemetery. However < Chinese Settlement > is one of the attractions in Arrowtown which is partially restored and well interpreted. It's a mute reminder and tribute to the contribution made by Chinese gold miners and business people to the region of gold mining, cultural and business history.



Started out tour to< Arrowtown Chinese Settlement >...

The weather was simply great...

You may donate for future development of the historical reserve...

Save the world heritage...

This is < Ah Lum's Store >, a better range of construction techniques was used for the building, including mud bricks, mortared stones, and roofed with corrugated iron while some others were thatched. Regardless it's still a tiny hut...

The doorway was built in pretty much low height, my honey almost hits his head.

The interior part is even more simple and crude....

Haha..I found a chinese word~

Everything seems so dated...This outmoded iron thing is a heater, I supposed...

In fact, it was kind of creepy being in this tiny and ancient hut :P

An awesome weather in the morning...cold and sunny~

Had a kinda contradictory feeling, the place where filled of a hugely grieving history of certain people in the past, also has a incredibly awesome & breathtaking vista simultaneously. Would I be willing to reside in this heavenly place like those chinese miners did back in decades of century? The answer is uncertain for me....perhaps ^^

So attracted by the magnificent surroundings...

Peasants & Farmers...seeking for wealth and honour...

The chinese miners were invited but unwelcome....

A life apart...made bearable by kinship....

Nevertheless it has a breathtaking scenery, I willing to build up my hut with my love one at the bank of the creek, center of this beautiful surroundings regardless...

Simply another tiny, narrow & outmoded hut....

Physical remains....Reconstructing the past...

Obviously the chinese miners who resided in the huts should have bend over their body whenever came into the huts...simply can't imagine how was the life they went through...everything seemed to be bearable for nothing but kinship in homeland.... grieved to see...

In spite of the place is filled with enormous bitter history for chinese miners, the atmosphere of the place is practically amazing...

Clear blue sky, cold weather, brilliant white snow and the painful history....

Great atmosphere regardless....

Chinese Garden...Feeding the community...

The passing years....What became of the gold seekers? 

There are couple of huts was built on a somewhat steep incline behind us...

At the beginning, men lived together in communal huts, usually between two and six men to a house. It seems that the community centre around the large social hall, which was perhaps fifteen metres long, until it collapsed or was demolished in around 1900

Extremely tiny huts located on this fairly rugged slope against the foot of the rock mountain..

A magnificent view regardless...

Can you imagine how these chinese miners could ever reside in kind of tiny and narrow huts...

Huts built on the rugged slope....

Beware your step...

Apparently this was a toilet in the past...

It looks still stable & firm in spite of the ruin from ages..

Ah Gum's hut...

However it has been ruined and nothing left but rocks...

An extremely tiny hut...the height of the door is even lower than a man's height...

 I feel kinda suffocated being in that narrow space. Simply feel sympathy for the chinese miner who had been living in kind of circumstance of dwelling. 

There is a crystal clear creek water....

Are they drinkable?

We still have a taste of this refreshing-cooling clear creek water regardless... 

Both the creek and the entire place are still in hugely natural circumstance, despite ages and ages...

Magnificent~

The snow just looks like a pile of crushed diamonds disseminate throughout the ground, so brilliant~



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