Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur
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
As this is a general tip, I want to show you what is the general food you can expect when you are in Kuala Lumpur. We are rice eater, this is a plate of rice mixed with curry and fried fish, an Indian styled of eating. Chinese cooking definitely are abundant in the area of Chinatown, so let's eat. Malay foods can be found too, they are at the small alley beside the Nando Chickens.
The way we eat is completely different because we already trained to use spoon and fork for many years. Our fork is for left hand to support when our right hand needed it. Fork can be used to pick up dishes as well. Our right hand is the actual hand to eat with spoon to scoop up the rice and other dishes. Spoon is used when we want to drink soup. We don't have knife when we eat, only when we go to Western foods restaurant.
Eating with fingers is very common in Lumpur. Fingers eating only when you eat Indian and Malay foods in rice and dishes. If you are eating noodles soup, please don't use fingers.
Favorite thing: This tip is for tourists to see so that they have a rough idea what is the dress code in the city of Kuala Lumpur. Most tourists like to have these dress up as our tropical sunlight is too strong in all 365 days. We don't have winter, no autumn and no spring. This kind of climate is called tropical climate which is very hot, except rainy days.
Favorite thing: My introduction may not suit your taste because I'm a local Lumpurian but I try to help you with what I think is good for travel in Kuala Lumpur. If you ask me, my favourite thing is people watching. What I do most was to wander around and snap photos on peoples. People watching is my favourite. Sometimes I like to snap back street photos as well, I also snap less attention objects and scenes. Taking photos on peoples is not easy job as most peoples will turn their head away or if you snap at wrong peoples.
Favorite thing: The best thing about Kuala Lumpur is the safety and security. If you look at this restaurant, look closer inside where two policemen enjoying their meals. Tourists can rest assure to walk around. Bad guys have no chance to do anything in this city.
Ladies and gentlemen, you are about to enter the Petaling street through this red and green gateway. This is the crowdest bustling area in Kuala Lumpur and also an international village full of tourists worldwide.
I don't want to tell so much about Chinatown as most other websites already done it much better than mine. What I want to do here is to upload as many photos as possible for you to have an idea how is Chinatown look-alike.
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.