Ships discharge passengers and cargo. Carts haul the new arrivals up the steep hills. With all the building going on, it seems you can see the city growing before your eyes. Businesses sprout as soon as someone has an idea for one. Everyone is busy and there doesn't seem to be any rules. All around you people are speaking in languages you've never heard! It's the most hustle and bustle you've ever seen! California is the place you're going to make your fortune.
The voyage by ship across the Pacific was long and crowded with others seeking brighter prospects. You had a brief stop in Hawaii, but the beautiful landscape couldn't take your attention away from thinking of Gum Saan -- "Gold Mountain." Your cooking proved popular on the journey -- you earned some starting money by selling meals. Your brother has set you up with friends in Chinatown and you're eager to get out to the gold fields.
You'll encounter many dangerous challenges as you travel into remote areas -- especially when the gold becomes scarce. But finding gold isn't the only path to striking it rich, as many entrepreneurs find out. Learn about the experiences of other Chinese immigrants during the gold rush.
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