Chinatown walking tour; Sally Arnold; TravelFish

Malaysia – Melaka and George Town, Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca

The streets and alleyways of Chinatown on the west bank of the Melaka River are the nerve centre of Melaka and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city’s most fascinating area for a wander.

Begin from the river along Heeren Street (officially Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock), formerly Heeren­straat or “Gentlemen’s Street” and the address of the upper-crust since Dutch times. From the mid-18th century to the early 20th century this was the choice neighbourhood for wealthy Straits Chinese (Peranakan) who had made it big in the rubber trade. Many of the flamboyant “Chinese Baroque” homes have been restored and converted to hotels, guesthouses, antique shops and museums.

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