Wisma Fui Chiu was one of the biggest and tallest shopping Malls in KL during the 80s to 90s. It is located on Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, right opposite the famous Chinatown Petaling Street market. Most Malaysians and Tourists who came to Chinatown would not miss this building. Many people are waiting buses in front of this building to Bukit Bintang or other area in downtown or sub-urban KL.
This building was architected look like a colonial building, but it features more like a modern building in the 80s. I have seen the building painted in many different colors, white, green, now orange and with different billboard of variety of products. Above those billboard, posters of firework always make the building looks prosperity.
It is still function as a shopping mall in Chinatown. You still can shop inside the air-conditioning mall selling varieties of products including shoes, T-shirts, Jeans, lady accessories, cameras, and electronic products.
Nearest Train Station: Pasar Seni (Putra LRT line)
I was in the china town 5 th Feb 2007 for ten days. It is very nice place to visit. Evening is very clourful. Specially petaling street. There is a lot of hotels to stay. Every thing is very chep. Specially the food.
Fondest memory: I love to visit the Batu Caves
With a new roof, some palm trees and the removal of stalls selling copied CDs and DVDs, it appears that the authorities are satisfied with their 'cleaning up' of Chinatown.
However, the disgusting buildings are still all there. It is a very superficial makeover.
In the past I have been quite critical of Singapore because of the fact they removed all the old buildings to build new ones. What I didn't realise was quite how bad those old buildings were. When buildings get beyond a state that is fit for human habitation they have to be pulled down and rebuilt. This is just what happened to Chinatown in Singapore.
In KL they have taken a different approach. The filthy, old buildings are there but with a new roof and a few palm trees. Malaysia is obsessive about becoming a developed nation by 2020 but the 'Band Aid' approach they are using in problem areas is not the way to achieve their ambition.
The picture shows the new roof over an original old building.
Favorite thing: I had heard that the authorities were cleaning up Chinatown. On my second visit to KL I saw the results. The squalid living conditions and filth are still there but there is now a roof over the street and a few palm trees along the sidewalk.
Just walk around the city. It's large, but well worth the two or so days it takes to truly explore it. Chinatown here is fantastic, and you can get anything you want, including high quality CDs and DVDs.
The city has so many different areas to explore that it's doubtful you'll ever get tired of just seeing what you can find.
Fondest memory: One of my best days in KL was exploring Chinatown and stumbling across a temple that had at one time been a personal temple for a family. Now it's open to the public, and though it's small and not as grand as some of the larger temples it was still fun to see.
Favorite thing: (Photo care of VT member Guantanamera) KL has a vibrant, bustling Chinatown, surrounding Jalan (street) Petaling, that is great for a good wander around, especially during the night market. There are lots of bargains and great food to be had. Also, much of KL's affordable accommodation seems to be centred around here.
China town is amazing. You must go there just to experience the atmosphere.
Go see the Twin Towers. The view from the top in unbelievable (make sure that there is no fog when you go up there, that sort of ruins it for you)
Fondest memory: The people are really nice. Food is great.
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