During the Victorian Gold Rush (1851) thousands of Chinese workers immigrated to Melbourne in order to mine the goldfields.
With the offer of riches, the Chinese commonly referred to Victoria as ‘New Gold Mountain.’
The Chinese settlers established a community in the city centre, and this has evolved into Melbourne’s Chinatown – the world’s oldest Chinese settlement in the Western world.
Taking up two blocks, the opium dens and brothels have been replaced with dumpling houses and bars. Hutong & Shandong Mama are widely regarded for their handmade parcels of deliciousness.
To learn more about how Chinese immigrants have influenced Melbourne, a visit to The Chinese Museum is also worthwhile.