Poon Saan

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Shops in Poon Saan.
Poon Saan in the evening.

Poon Saan is a small settlement on Christmas Island, an external territory of Australia. Ethnic Chinese make up the majority of inhabitants.[1] In Cantonese, Poon Saan (半山, Jyutping: bun3 saan1) means "halfway up the hill".[2] The architecture of Poon Saan reflects the Chinese heritage of the majority of residents in being Singapore style units, rather than the Western style common in the Settlement.[1]

Poon Saan is the second largest settlement on Christmas Island. The Java sparrow has become established on the island with populations near Poon Saan.[3]


  1. ^ a b Simone Dennis (2008). Christmas Island: An Anthropological Study. Cambria Press. pp. 91–. ISBN 9781604975109. 
  2. ^ "Christmas Island". Island Life. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2007-11-29. 
  3. ^ Thomas, Richard; Thomas, Sarah; Andrew, David; Alan McBride (2011-02-23). The Complete Guide to Finding the Birds of Australia. Csiro Publishing. pp. 187–. ISBN 9780643102262. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 

Coordinates: 10°25′30.28″S 105°41′06.31″E / 10.4250778°S 105.6850861°E / -10.4250778; 105.6850861