Chinese can be Buddhists, Confucianists, Taoists or ancestor worshippers.
OR any mixture of the above.
So each temple would be unique in its archiecture and design, in addition to the Gods and statues that are worshipped. The variety is endless, so have a good time relishing the sights !
i was here on 31st December 2005 in the heart of Kuching City and witnessed a 'crazy' scene of people in cars and motorbikes waving big Malaysian flags and Sarawak flags about. Shouting "Merdeka" as their drive around the streets lining Sarawak River. The scene resembles a city that have just won a World Cup or something similar. It is exciting to see so many people coming together although I wouldn't venture outside as they don't look like the safest drivers around. The picture attached see a car decked in the national flag. This decorative style is evident in alot of other cars around.
The beautifully conditionned waterfront is the place that most Kuching inhabitants choose to spend their free time, to have fun, to see and be seen.
The Waterfront has thus such a provincial atmosphere that, combiend with its exotism make of it a unique place.
Note, however, that there are not too many foreigners in Kuching, so some people will stare at you if you do not look Asian.
There are several cat statues in Kuching, the "Cat City." This is the one at the three-way intersection of Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Abell and Jalan Padungan. Note the American icon in the background. You just can't get away from McDondald's. At least my grandkids would be happy.
The origin of Kuching's name has never been clear. "Kucing" does translate into "cat" in Malay and "kuching" is the old Malay spelling. Another theory is that it may actually be a variation of the Indian name for "port," i.e., "cochin," since Kuching was first settled by Indian traders who set up base at Santubong. Artifacts of Hindu origin can today be seen at the Sarawak Museum.
Despite the theories, the city was named "Sarawak" under Rajah Sir James Brooke's rule. Under Rajah Charles Brooke's rule, the city was renamed "Sarawak Proper" in order to avoid confusion with the ever expanding Kingdom of Sarawak. Only in the latter part of his reign was Sarawak Proper renamed Kuching. The city has never been noted for having a significantly large population of cats. In fact, the many cat statues, the Kuching Cat Museum and other associations with cats have been largely a recent phenomenon, probably part of a modern effort to promote tourism.
Be aware that as Kuching is a mainly Muslim country, there will be bells tolling at some obscene hour of the morning (no offence intended) every day. So if you're a light sleeper, I might suggest ear plugs if you want a sleep-in.
On the west side of the Tourist District along the waterfront is the Kuching wet market. Here you can get fish, fresh produce and cheap food.
Kuching means cat in the local indigenous language. To celebrate this, there are large Cat statutes in the central areas of Kuching.
Pointing with your fore finger is considered rude but generally tolerated. The proper way is to use your thumb on your closed fist. Your thumb shows the way you are refering to. Happy Thumbing!
On our way to visit Fort Margherita, we passed by a small school with school children practising a song about homework, a song which went on for about 15 minutes!