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“Bukit China, Melaka - largest Chinese Cemetery outside China” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bukit China (Chinese Hill)

Bukit China (Chinese Hill)
Melaka, Malaysia
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Ranked #26 of 61 Attractions in Melaka
Type: Cemeteries, Cultural
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Owner description: This fascinating hillside burial ground has a storied past; it should, as it dates back to the Ming dynasty.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“Bukit China, Melaka - largest Chinese Cemetery outside China”
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 free!
3. Take a jog around the hill in the morning or evening as the locals do!
View the many historical Chinese graves and tombstones shaped like a mother's womb!
At the base of the hill stands "Sam Poh Kong" ( an old Chinese temple) and "Sam Poh Well". Make a point to go into the temple and have a cool drink from the famous well after the hill climb.

Visited June 2014
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Penang Island, Malaysia
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“So-so, but nice place to walk in cool of day”
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 were worth photographing. The view up & down the coast from the top of the hill is somewhat remarkable, and this would be a great place to walk or jog in the early morning or late afternoon. But otherwise, not so interesting.

Visited November 2013
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New Delhi, Delhi, India
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“Fascinating”
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 wandered around the place for about 45 min with absolutely nobody in sight. It was eerily silent but I enjoyed every moment of it.

Visited November 2013
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“Very Interesting”
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.

Visited October 2013
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“Off the beaten track”
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 look as though they have been dug into the side of the hill. Some headstones and grave plots are bigger than others. As cemeteries go, in some ways it looks maintained but in others it doesn’t. Also in this area is a small Muslim Cemetery. Apparently people go walking or jogging around this area, I’m not so sure I would. It seems rather off the beaten track and I’m someone who is normally curious about burial grounds.
The Poh San Teng Temple is nearby. It’s a small temple which was built so people could say prayers for the people buried on China Hill. The outside walls have some lovely “moral story” murals. In the courtyard is a statue of a rather dashing looking man, Zheng He, who was a naval captain to one of the Chinese Dynasties (I forget which one).
The temple has a shrine to Kwan Yin and a donor’s memorial tablet.
To the right of the temple entrance is Hang Li Po’s well which was built for her use, the well is said to have never dried out, although it has been rendered useless a number of times due to the water being poisoned. The Dutch realised its significance and built a wall around it complete with guns to protect it. The square holes in the walls are gun holes, the round ones are the chutes used to transfer water to the outside.
Today it’s a wishing well.
Over the well walls you can see a monument which was erected in memory of Chinese who lost their lives during WWII.

Visited January 2013
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