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Bukit China (Chinese Hill)

Melaka, Malaysia
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Ranked #26 of 68 attractions in Melaka
Type: Cemeteries
Description: This fascinating hillside burial ground has a storied past; it should, as it dates back to the Ming dynasty.
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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87 reviews 87 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

i have påassed by many times and seen bus loads of chinese visit the place. i know the chinese come to honor their ancestors and keep the peace with the spirits. so when i decided to visit i was surprised to see how little people actually care about the graves here. i was expecting a much more beautiful place. i... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Many don't know that Bukit China, Melaka is the largest Chinese Cemetery outside China. You can appreciate this vast hill in 3 ways:- 1. Drive around the hill and see the size of the cemetery! 2. Take a walk up the hill to the highest point where you can view the city as well as experience sunrise and sunset for... More

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
23 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

We were expecting a photogenic pattern of lines of Chinese graves. Instead we were surprised at the huge number of acres this place covers & how few graves there are--randomly spread out. Apart from a few miniatures of a Portuguese ship, the old Malacca City Hall, & a Chinese Temple on the way up, few of the graves or situations... More

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New Delhi, Delhi, India
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6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

I found Bukit China very interesting. It's a little tiring getting to the top, but the old graves are fascinating to say the least. I can see how this may not be everyone's cup of tea, but if you're into history and ruins, this is a must see. I happened to be the only person there when I went, and... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

This old Chinese cemetery is 400 years old and most interesting. The first Chinese arrived with a Chinese Princess who was to marry the Sultan. The tombstones are placed inside a semi circle which represents the mother womb from whence they came.

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Perth Australia
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78 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Bukit Cina was the official settlement of the Chinese entourage who arrived with Princess Hang Li Po (mid 1400s) when she was sent to marry the Sultan. As our coach wound its way up the hill we passed the Chinese Cemetery, its big and the old looking. The headstones on the graves are semi circle in shape and the graves... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

I read in the Lonely Planet that this was a popular spot for joggers, and drove past there on my way to the countryside. There are 20,000 graves here, all Chinese and buried according to Feng Shui. It is a fab running spot as there are paths all over, you can spend 30-60 minutes exploring all the routes and you'll... More

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Bathurst, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

We were quiet surprised as to the size of the area and the history associated with the hill. If you consider doing a tour of Malacca we recommed taking a guide to tell you all about the history and detailed stories you would not find out doing it alone.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

nothing to shout about if you want to visit graveyards on your tour menu. this place is over 500 years old - some tombs are well preserved, others are like sunken to the ground. locals generally will avoid being there for starters. this hill was given by the local chieftain to the chinese migrants in the 14th century, when Malacca... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Nothing special to rave about, after 20 years since I last visited, there is no change. Surrounding is very rundown, nothing much to comment, just re-living some old experience.

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