Chinatown (Kampung China)
KT's Chinatown is located along Jalan Bandar (formerly known as Jalan Kampung Cina) at the river mouth of Terengganu River that empties into the South China Sea. If you overnight at the hotel / hostel in town and wish to pay the islands a visit, it is convenient and easy as the boats depart from the jetty next to Chinatown to the islands. The town is small but charming with colorful shophouses along both sides of the road that carries traditional flavor. Small grocery shops, a morning market, butcher shops, hardware shops, kopitiams (literally means coffee shops), cafes, restaurants and so on can be found in this humble little town. The kopitiams, cafes and restaurants offer local delicacies from mostly Chinese, but also Malay and Indian food. Start your day in town with an empty stomach and you will be sure to be satisfied with the food at the end of the day.
Many walls and alleyways have been transformed with street art recently giving plenty of photo opportunities
indulge Bak Kut Teh at the popular Town City Foodcourt
Bak Kut Teh literally translates “meat bone tea”. Bak Kut refers to the pork and pork ribs used for the dish, and Teh refers to the tea that usually served alongside with the dish.
view along Jalan Kampung Cina with a shop on the right selling items for Chinese / Buddhist rituals like joss sticks, paper money and altars
traditional Kopitiam (Chinese coffee shop) selling fried noodles, noodles soups and the local specialty Roti Paung (a soft bun served with Kaya and butter)
Chinese shophouses with five-foot covered walkway built with 2 types of material: the older ones with wood (in the middle) and the newer ones with brick
the back road (running parallel to Jalan Kampung Cina) offers idyllic scenery
The houses on the left are the back of the houses that are facing the main road in Chinatown (Jalan Bandar). Chinese shophouses are narrow but long.
view from the hanging bridge to Pulau Warisan towards Chinatown
The area had been reclaimed from Sungai Terengganu (Terengganu River) between 2009-11. Before that, most of the traditional shophouses were cantilevered above the river.
reclamation works in 2010 to create a new road, parking and the yet unused island of Pulau Warisan between Chinatown and the River
the same view 2 years later (2012)
shophouses extending into the river (image from the year 2009) before the extentions had to be torn down to make way for the land reclamation