Overseas Chinese History Museum


Charting the history of Chinese emigration from the era of the Silk Road to the present day, this is a terrific museum with full English captions throughout. Diorama-rich exhibits celebrate the plucky Chinese diaspora, from American gold-rush adventurers to the hugely influential Chinese communities in Southeast Asia. If you have even a passing interest in the subject, it's a must visit.

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