Faces of
Malaysia
Kuantan

Kuantan is the largest city of the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia with a population of about half a million. It is also the capital of the state of Pahang.

Kuantan is located about halfway between Singapore (to the south) and Kota Bahru (to the north). The city is situated at the coast of the South China Sea near the mouth of the Kuantan River. The city is not a major tourist destination, rather a stopover point for island destinations (Tioman, Redang, Perhentians, etc.) along the East Coast. From Kuantan you can also also reach the popular beach in Cherating in less than an hour with the local Bus.

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.

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 Melaka

Voyage Guest House

Guesthouse located in the heart of Chinatown

Majestic Hotel Melaka

Boutique heritage hotel close to Melaka River and Kampung Morten, north of the town center

Attractions

Bukit Cina, Melaka

Bukit Cina (englisch: Chinese Hill) is the largest chinese burial ground outside China.

Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, Melaka

Cheng Hoon Teng is the oldest traditional Chinese temple (Taoist temple) in Malaysia. The temple was built in 1645 (and extented in 1704 and 1801) and served as the main place of worship for the Hokkien community.

Attractions

Little India Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur

KL′s Little India. There is a lot of history to Brickfields as it is one of the pioneer settlements in Kuala Lumpur with a large Indian community, the area along Jalan Tun Sambanthan makes you feel you are in India.

Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, Melaka

Cheng Hoon Teng is the oldest traditional Chinese temple (Taoist temple) in Malaysia. The temple was built in 1645 (and extented in 1704 and 1801) and served as the main place of worship for the Hokkien community.