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Cameron Highlands was first discovered in 1885 by William Cameron, a British surveyor, during a mapping expedition. As he failed to mark his discovery on the map, the location of the plateau was finally confirmed by subsequents expeditions in the 1920s and named Cameron Highlands in reference to him.

In 1925, Sir George Maxwell (then British Resident General to Perak) visited the highlands and decided to develop it as a hill station. A development committee was then formed to develop Cameron Highlands. The committe was responsible for the construction of the long and winding road up to the highlands which was done entirely by manual labour. Once the road was constructed, wealthy residents and British government officials started building their weekend retreats on the slopes of the highlands. Families of those British residents stationed in Malaya at the time also took to the highlands to escape from the hot, humid tin mines and rubber plantations.

In 1929, John Archibald Russell, the son of a British administrative officer, started a tea plantation here which is now the famous Boh Tea Plantations. The early tea planters were soon followed by Chinese vegetable farmers and wealthy landowners. Later some of them settled here permanently and a business community was developed. Due to its climate and soils, farming was the main activity here at that time.

As Cameron Highlands was initially developed as a weekend retreat hill station by the British residents here, an idyllic English environment was recreated here with Tudor-style mansions and rose gardens all around. This style was also followed by some of the newer post independance developments here.

Some of the Tudor-style hotels and retreats are still maintained at Cameron Highlands, giving the English feel here and the nickname 'Little Corner Of England in Asia'.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Fresh air and old colonial charm.
  • Cons:Not as cool as it used to be.
  • Last visit to Cameron Highlands: Jul 2004
  • Intro Updated Aug 7, 2004
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  • hindu1936's Profile Photo
    Apr 11, 2006 at 5:35 AM

    not the normal attraction, but certainly worth a visit. good shot of the strawberry and the bees.

  • ifam's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2005 at 2:02 AM

    all the info are up to date, well done onion..

  • faridah's Profile Photo
    Sep 1, 2005 at 7:24 AM

    just rated this page.

  • Cool_chix's Profile Photo
    Jun 20, 2005 at 2:35 AM

    This is 1 great CH page. Just want to update myself before my next trip to Cameron. Was there quite awhile ago.

  • Wild_Orchid's Profile Photo
    May 3, 2005 at 7:41 PM

    you have the best tea-time tips! : DD

  • easyoar's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2005 at 1:15 PM

    I'm just debating whether to enter a competition that has a prize of a trip to the CH's so I thought I would take a look and see what's there! Very nice page!

  • Feb 26, 2005 at 1:24 AM

    Lovely pictures .We plan to go day trip from Ipoh in March ,looks like we will have to stay one night extra to enjoy all these :o)

  • urchinn's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2005 at 6:06 PM

    buttercups and daffodils!! great tips...

  • bkoon's Profile Photo
    Jan 24, 2005 at 7:34 AM

    Good stuffs. Nice tips and pictures too. The strawberries... yum yum.

  • RinaNeo's Profile Photo
    Nov 8, 2004 at 12:17 AM

    nice pic of cameron... So Sad I never been up there...


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