Faces of
Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city of Malaysia. Being a young city (founded only in 1857) it developed fast into a bustling metropolis of 1.5 million people (6 million including the satellite cities in the Klang Valley). Kuala Lumpur, or simply KL (as it is it called by Malaysians), literally means “muddy estuary” in Bahasa Malaysia. With good and cheap accommodation, great shopping and even better food in this multi-cultural melting pot, increasing numbers of travellers are discovering this little gem of a city.
Having been in the shadow of other big cities in the region like Bangkok and Singapore, KL was put back on the map for good with the opening the Petronas Twin Towers in 1997, until 2004 the highest and still one of the most impressive buildings in the world. Though, the sights are not what makes this city unique, it’s KL itself and it’s mixture of people and visitors.

Kuching

Kuching is the capital of the East Malaysian state of Sarawak on Borneo. Kuching is the most populous city in the state of Sarawak and the fourth largest city in Malaysia. Kuching means “cat” in Malay.

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Melaka, Malaysia

Bukit Cina

address: Jalan Puteri Hang Li Poh, Bukit Cina, 75100 Melaka, Malaysia
melaka-bukit-cina2.jpg, Bukit Cina (englisch: Chinese Hill) is the largest chinese burial ground outside China.
Chinese Tomb
Bukit Cina (englisch: Chinese Hill) is the largest chinese burial ground outside China.

The cemetery stretches over 3 hills covering an area of 26ha and holds more than 12,000 graves with tombs dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

At the foot of the hill you can find the Well of Hang Li Po which is next to the Sam Po Kong Temple.
The Hang Li Po well is the oldest water well in Malaysia. It was built in 1459 by followers of Hang Li Poh and hence one of the oldest examples of Chinese influence in the malaysian peninsula. The well later was also used by the Portuguese as their main water supply after conquering Malacca in 1511.

Bukit Cina Street view
Bukit Cina with the Sam Po Kong Temple (the complex that also houses the Hang Li Poh well)
view coming from Jalan Bukit Cina at the junction of Jlana Munshi Abdullah and Jalan Puteri Hang Li Poh (the small road ahead)
photo: Google Street View, 2015

Links:

Wikipedia: Bukit Cina




Hotels in in Melaka
HOSTELS
in Melaka
Roof Top Guest House and Hostel Melaka
Hostel / Guesthouse in the heritage zone of Melaka with a roof-top area
Oriental Riverside Residence
Guesthouse located in old Chinatown with the back facing the Melaka River
Things to do & see
Kampung Morten, Villa Sentosa
Remaining village of traditional Malay houses in the middle of the city, located in a bend of Melaka River north of the city centre ... more
Chinatown Melaka
Melaka`s chinatown within the historical city has a very peaceful atmosphere with its narrow streets, especially so at night. ... more
Things to do & see
Genting Highlands, Kuala Lumpur
Genting Highlands is resort city on a mountain top (1800m above sea level), about 55km north-east of Kuala Lumpur with Malaysia's only casinos and theme parks, restaurants and hotels. ... more

Tugu Negara (National Monument), Kuala Lumpur
Tugu Negara is a monument in the Lake Gardens that commemorates those who died in Malaysia's wars. ... more