The site at the graves offers a wide view over the southern plains and down to the Mekong River.

The Chinese Cemetery

An Exil Chinese Community

In 1950 the war civil war in China between the Communists and the National Chinese under Tchiang Kai Check came to an end. The National Chinese retreated to Taiwan and mainland China became a Communist state under Mao Tse Tung. Many National Chinese military units left China. Some of them came to north Thailand. A famous example is Mae Salong. Another place where some Chinese warrors came to is Chiang Khong. They settled down here. In the 1960s, 70s and 80s some of them fought again against Communists in the times of the American Vietnam war. Later they moved to Ban Wiang Mok, some 30 kilometers southwest of Chiang Khong. But, there is still their old cemetery in Chiang Khong, and it's still 'in use'. It's a beautiful, quiet place overlooking the Mekong River and the plains to the south. Unfortunately, so to say, the place is surrounded by a barbed wire fence. This is because in the past trees on the cemetery were cut by some local people for the use of firewood.

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The entrance gate to the Cemetery.

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