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Overseas Chinese Museum

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Address: West of Siming South Road, Siming District, Xiamen 361001, China
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09:30 - 16:30
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Overseas Chinese Museum

Only 1 km from Xiamen University and Nanputuo Temple. Very educational. No entrance fees. Nice to go there on a hot or rainy day. I got an insight of people there struggled... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 June 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

Only 1 km from Xiamen University and Nanputuo Temple. Very educational. No entrance fees. Nice to go there on a hot or rainy day. I got an insight of people there struggled and lived in the e 1900s and also found out that Mr. Lucio Tan's (from the Philippines) name was in part of the exhibits.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

Great place to learn about the live of early Chinese migrant workers to other parts of the world, especially South East Asia. The hardship they endure, the hardwork and created many successful entrepreneur and special culture developed from interaction and inter-marriage with locals. It also highlight their contribution to local society in their adopted land, to China and sacrifice made... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

Visited this museum, a full story about our ancestors who were living in China and migrated to Malaysia.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2016 via mobile

Being an oversea Chinese, it is interesting to be reminded the hardship our ancestors had experienced when they migrated oversea. Much of the oversea Chinese in Southeast Asia countries were migrated from Xiamen. Hence having this Overseas Chinese Museum make great sense specially for visitors from Asian countries. However there are area for improvement in the upper levels in order... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2015 via mobile

I was quite interested to see this museum but came away quite let down. The contents aren't very well laid out, follow no clear pattern, and is nearly all in Chinese (something a lot of Huaqiao can't read!). With a bit of effort, it could be so much better.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2015

An oasis of coolness and quiet in the summer throngs in Xiamen this is a fascinating place with excellent dioramas and well arranged exhibits of articles and documents relating to the period 100 years ago when the port was better known as Amoy. This was the exit gateway for thousands of Chinese going to the USA, Canada, Australia and all... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2015

I found this museum by accident when I noticed the bus I was on stopped at 博物馆, and I got off the bus expecting to find the main city museum. This one was worth having a look around. It documents the experiences of the Chinese diaspora, of which Fujian province was a major source. The story is told with lots... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2015

For a free museum with a private donor, this place is quite large and very interesting, bottom floor most of all. Particularly for somebody with Chinese heritage and now living overseas it's quite an interesting place to see. It's true a lot of captions are written in Chinese, but the introductions to each section do have English captions so at... More 

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Altamura, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2015 via mobile

I've always been interested in the history of Chinese emigration, therefore I liked this museum. I think the exhibit should be improved with in depth studies on specific countries where Chinese communities exist. The English explanation needs also an improvement in terms of quantity. Overall it's a good place to visit, and it's free.

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Shenzhen, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2014

I am very interested in Chinese history so I liked this museum although it was SO frustrating that the captions were not in English - I felt like I was missing so much!! But it was worth it since it is centrally located and free and not crowded at all. On your way between Nanputuo and Zhongshan St stop in... More 

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