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The town's start-up is legendary. It is said that Williams, the founder of Queenstown, found the sands on the Arrow River and took 23 pounds of gold in just a few weeks. This heavy news opened the prelude to the economic development of Arrowtown. There were still many Chinese miners working hard here, and now they can still see the remnants of Chinese miners in Arrowtown. The Arrow River is therefore known as one of the most abundant rivers in the world. After the gold rush cooled down, the arrow town of Qionglai was calm, with more than 30,000 people at the peak of the population and no more than 2,000 people. Today's town is still very well maintained and maintains its historical characteristics. At the crossroads of the town is the Visitor Center and the Gold Rush Museum. The exhibits here tell about the gold rush in the year. The ancient architectural district of Arrowtown is a few hundred meters long street extending from the crossroads where the museum is located: Buckingham Street. There are more than 60 well-preserved buildings in the Gold Rush era on both sides. Some of these historic buildings are still in daily use. For example, the Arrowtown Post Office, which opened in 1863, is still open for business. It is said to be the oldest post office in New Zealand. Some have turned into restaurants or homestays. Without exception, the signboard standing at the entrance to the building silently declares its own history for hundreds of years. Walk on this street, surrounded by centuries-old European architecture: an old English phone booth, a 19th-century inn, a classic car parked by the road, and the time seems to have returned to more than 100 years ago.
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