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“Fascinating and peaceful” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bukit China (Chinese Hill)

Bukit China (Chinese Hill)
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Historical Malacca Day Trip from Kuala Lumpur
Ranked #42 of 133 things to do in Melaka
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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.
Tokyo, Japan
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“Fascinating and peaceful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2014

Although there are displays in the temple at the foot of the hill explaining the controversial attempts by the government to remove the graves and develop the hillside, since the opposition won out in this case and saved the site, the hillside itself is now a peaceful spot containing countless graves, old and new. Supposedly the oldest grave on the site is about 200 years old. Although we could read a little of the Chinese characters on the graves (and one newer grave even had English as well as Chinese) it would have been nice if there had been a signboard explaining the basic structure of a traditional Chinese grave, so that we could better appreciate what we were looking at and could avoid any potential disrespect or desecration.

Still, in the end we were very happy to have stopped by here and taken the time to wander the hillside. Apparently it's also a popular jogging spot for locals.

Visited July 2014
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“just a graveyard”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 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 guess it's a good explanation in the culture. but i enjoyed my little walk up and down the hills. it was a very sunny day so i was happy there was many big trees to rest under.

Visited September 2013
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Bukit China, Melaka - largest Chinese Cemetery outside China”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 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 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 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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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 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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