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“Very interesting”

Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre
Ranked #4 of 16 things to do in Ararat
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre stands as a monument to the contribution by the Chinese to the establishment and economic and cultural advancement of Ararat. It tells a story of deprivation, hardship and the incredible tenacity of thousands of men from the south east of China that made their way to Victoria, in the 1850s in search of gold. Become engrossed in the courthouse stories and see the original Canton Lead Mine tunnel uncovered during the construction of the Centre. A truly interactive experience for visitors of all ages. Open 7 days a week except Christmas Day 11am-4pm 31-33 Lambert Street (Western Highway) Ararat 3377 03 5352 1078
Melbourne, Australia
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Very interesting”
Reviewed 27 January 2014

Loved this place. Staff very friendly. Lots to learn. Young children will also enjoy this place, with some activities they can do there. The shop has some lovely gifts

Visited January 2014
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English first
Newcastle, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“More rich Victorian regional heritage”
Reviewed 22 January 2014

A wonderful facility showcasing the Chinese history of life on the Victorian goldfields through to today's multicultural associations with sister towns in modern day China. This heritage has followed through to today and explains some of the contributions of the Chinese to Victoria's evolving economy and community. The artifacts on display are fascinating, the stories told enlightening, and don't miss the story of the roof and and it's donation and installation. Go up the 29 steps to get a close up of the traditional figurines.

Visited January 2014
4 Thank Paul T
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Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Surprising treasure”
Reviewed 3 January 2014

We had a couple of hours to kill while waiting for the art gallery to open, but ended up spendin 3 hours at the richly interactive, aimed at all age groups CHinese HeritageCentre. I have studeied this period of Australan history, but I learned a good deal, as much fromt he charming, knowledgeable and informative guides as from the exhibits and activities themselves. I'd recommend this to anyone wanting to understand the history of ethnic minorities in Australia as welll as a broder perspective on our history. What a stirring story the artifacts, photos, video and guides told us! The highlight of our trip to the Wimmera/Goldfields region.

Visited December 2013
Thank Togret M
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Sydney, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
2,576 reviews
1,417 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2,348 helpful votes
“No dim-sums,but wonderful interpretation of early Chinese influence”
Reviewed 22 November 2013

Its strange, yet an exciting find as we toured through the gold- field towns of Victoria. This is an authentic recreation of a traditional two-storey Chinese building,set in traditional Chinese gardens. You know its different,as you look up at the ornate roof with its curled up hips,so typical of Chinese design.
My favourite adornment..the dragons and other mythical creatures make this place a unique and striking feature of the Ararat skyline. Interesting fact is that the roof tiles were donated by the Chinese government and fixed into place by four specialist tradesmen contracted from the city of Taishan.
Inside,all the pieces fall into place. Interactive and static displays attest to the history of the Chinese Miners in a way that makes their influence on the economy,the culture and social development of Australia. We experimented with gold-panning with great success but never-the-less,am not richer in gold nuggets. However, it was great fun as was trying our hand at calligraphy.
The artifacts,including costums,dragons and a mining tunnel,exude the scale of hardship,endurance and ingenuity of these dynamos of the gold-fields.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank Eli B
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
168 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2013

Visited the Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre which is right on the Highway, just North of the centre of town. Wasn't overly interesting.

Visited November 2013
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