Kuala Lumpur is a capital of Malaysia, but ethnic Malays are only 46% of the population of the city. 43% are Chinese – probably because of that city was settled by them in 1857. A long time ago 87 people came to the confluence of rivers Gombak and Klang. They discovered deposits of tin there. Then not long after them, traders came to exchange food or clothes for that material. This is how one of the fastest growing cities in South East Asia had its beginning.
We’re staying in in Chinatown. Jalan Pataling is a street right in the middle of Chinatown and turns into big colorful shopping bazaar in a night time. Almost everything can be found here starting from fresh fruits, roasted chestnuts or perfect fakes of clothes, watches, top brands handbags and illegal copies of music CDs and DVDs.
On the streets branching from Petaling there are many pubs and restaurants, but we think eating from street food stalls was the best – the tastiest and cheapest. 🙂
What would visiting KL without seeing Petronas Towers be? For most of us, this place is famous for those two buildings. They were designed by Argentinian architect Cesar Pelli and were finished in 1998. Buildings are 452 meters tall and by 2004 were the tallest skyscrapers in the world. Both have 88 floors and are linked at 41st and 42nd by the Skywalk. One of the towers is occupied by Petronas offices and the second one is for other companies like IBM or Boeing etc. Buildings are covered with 65k sqm of glass (32000 windows).
We had the plan to go near towers for 2-3 hours only, but we were overwhelmed with surrounding so we stayed there a little bit longer, until dark. We couldn’t complain at all because towers looked even better after the sunset:
This is how Twin Towers` main hall looks like:
By the towers there is a quite big park with fountains or even a swimming pool for kids:
Mad shopping labyrinth
Petronas Towers are linked with the biggest shopping mall in Malaysia, Suria KLCC, and it wasn’t the only place like that. There are few more and connected with each other so we didn’t really know when we were getting out from one and walking into another. Prada, Fendi, Patek Philippe, Tag Heuer, Ferrari, Armani… we have never seen a choice of such brands in one place in our life. Galleries were squeezed in between skyscrapers. To be honest big cities such as London, Berlin, Paris are not that big anymore comparing it with Kuala Lumpur.
We had a chance to see the place with the different point of view, its citizens. Ai, the guy we met on couchsurfing site, showed us less touristic part of KL. We had a chance to taste traditional Malay waffles and drink Teh Tarik- brew tea, but with frothed milk. There was Celine from France too so we had a quite multinational group. We walked KL in the night together.
More travel stories and photos of Malaysia here: Malaysia