The Chinese Hill or better known as the Bukit China is a historical site in the state of Melaka. This hill got its name when the entourage of princess Hang Li Poh settled after the marriage between the princess and the Sultan Mansur Shah. The princess had brought a great number of entourages, including 500 handmaidens, thus a great influx of Chinese settlers. The union between the princess and the sultan was the start of a promising relationship between two great nations, China and also Melaka. Since then, the hill has been a Chinese-dominated area.
Today, the hill is no longer a settlement but has turned into a Chinese burial ground. There has been a legal battle between the government who wanted to develop the place into a recreational centre and the cemetery’s trustees and the fate of the burial ground still remain unknown to this day. It has been left just like that without any clear say.
Driving to Bukit China from the centre of Melaka city will take about twelve minutes for the five kilometres trip. It will take about one hour and fifty minutes’ worth of driving if coming from Kuala Lumpur via the North-South Highway.
There are daily buses going to Melaka from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan of Kuala Lumpur, starting from RM 10 per one-way trip. The buses will stop at the Melaka Sentral and it is just five kilometres to Chinese Hill.
Since Melaka is a popular tourist destination, there are a lot of taxis available. It easy to catch one but do make sure that the taxi driver uses the meter.
A historical water well in the state of Melaka which is also known as the King’s Well. It is the oldest water well in Malaysia and it was built back in 1459 by the followers of Hang Li Po who had settled at the place. The well was being used as the major water source for the town. The Portuguese also used the well as the main water source after they conquered Melaka. When the Dutch took over Melaka from Portuguese, they built a solid brick wall surrounding the well to protect it. During the British empire in Melaka, the well was neglected and left to despair. Today, the well has merely become a tourist spot and a wishing well as the water is no longer clean for daily usage. The Hang Li Poh’s Well is located just three hundred meters from the Chinese Hill.
The Cheng Ho Cultural Museum is located in the old part of Melaka town. It is believed that the museum was built on the original site of a warehouse complex that was built the Cheng Ho himself. Cheng Ho is a famous admiral from the Ming Dynasty that had visited Melaka several times during his trip to the Western Ocean in 1405 to 1433. The museum has artefacts and exhibits of the cultural exchange between the local people of Melaka and the Chinese back in those days such as replicas of treasure ships, tea houses and navigation instruments. The museum opens every day from nine am until six pm. There are also night visits to the museum but this is only available via appointment. The entrance fee is RM 20 for an adult while children and student can get a half-price ticket.
Just some four hundred meters from the Chinese Hill, located this three-storey hotel. It is a two-star hotel that provides a great service and accommodation to its customers. They have five types of room, starting at RM 78 for a Superior Queen up to RM 148 per night for a Family Room. All of its room has Wi-Fi connection except for the Family Room. Though the hotel does not serve breakfast nor does it have an in-house kitchen, there are restaurants and shops selling cheap, good food nearby.