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Cimetière Chinois de Nolette

Noyelles-sur-Mer, Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardy, France

Cimetière Chinois de Nolette is a French World War One memorial site to the Chinese workers who contributed to the war effort.

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About Cimetière Chinois de Nolette

Cimetière Chinois de Nolette or the Nolette Chinese Cemetery in France is the burial place of 849 Chinese workers who died during World War One.

Cimetière Chinois de Nolette history

In 1917, Chinese workers brought by the British from the colonies came to provide labour and logistical assistance to British troops. Nearly 8,000 Chinese passed through Noyelles-sur-Mer, a support base during the First World War.

Most of these workers died from an outbreak of cholera. Today their story is told with 842 white gravestones, carved with Chinese ideograms.

Cimetière Chinois de Nolette today

Cimetière Chinois de Nolette is a memorial to these workers, built in a traditional Chinese style. It remains the largest Chinese cemetery in France.

Vistors can roam freely around the graveyard on self-guided tours. An averagetour last roughly 15 minutes.

Getting to Cimetière Chinois de Nolette

Cimetière Chinois de Nolette is located in the town of Noyelles-sur-Mer on the north-west coast of France. The closest town is Abbeville, which is roughly a 15-minute drive away. There is parking on location.

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