Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur
This is a real experience.
The first night we were in KL we went straight to the markets.
It was a shoppers heaven with all the fake brands such as gucci, levi, versace...... not to mention the hundreds of hand bags, wallets, t-shirts and watches. The array of dvds for only 2 dollars aud.
I think i would have brought everything but a part of me had to come down to reality as it is so easy to go nuts.
You can bargain at the markets which made everything more fun and interesting although to the shop vendors this is their income and it was very hard to bargain too much, however it was still cheap.
There were even designer suitcase's for those who brought too much in KL.
Next time i come to KL i will definately return to China Town
Picture taken from one end of chinatown at night.A great place to do your 'cheap' shopping for some 'fake' branded goods. Lots of food, movies(VCD,DVD), music CDs, fruits, clothes, perfumes and the kitchen sink.
Dress Code: What dress code??
Coming from Taiwan on Vacation, I wasnt necessarily in the mood for Chinese food, but as fate would have it, I think we ate down here most every night we were in Kuala Lumpur.
Great atmosphere and food to be had by all. Wo-men chr bau ler.... (Danran, ye he bau ler....)
From my fave Air Mata Kucing to any kind Chinese food can be found here. And do not forget to explore those old buildings [I love them :)]
Dress Code: Casual ~ and a lady gave me a warn, be careful with pickpocket!
While browsing through the stuffs in life that you fancy buying, make sure your wallets & handbags are intact to your body ! I personally never heard of bag snatchers in this area but people are walking close to one another & sometimes like trafiic jams in KL itself, it's quite annoying ! Though I like it this way...because I could yell at people to just walk on if they stop for a while (sometimes minutes...) if they bump into long lost friends & fancy some chatting instead...in the middle of 'human traffics'...
The photo was taken at the last end of Chinatown with Bargaining Stalls.
I owe some parts of my life to Chinatown ! I bought many things which normally are not easily available in Malaysia in Chinatown.
All those porn VCDs from France, Spain, Germany, where I learned so much of dirty words & everyday conversations in those countries, in Chinatown !
Even UNCENSORED movies like Beautiful Life, Cinema Paradiso, Malena, Caligula, Saturday Night Fever, Grease, Blue Lagoon, Blair Witch, ETC...I got from Chinatown ! I got Matrix Revolution on VCD, on the same day the movie was shown in the USA !
I bought all those T-Shirts that I gave to friends when I travel from Chinatown !
I brought friends to sample some local stall foods in Chinatown...lots of things in life for me, started in Chinatown.
Slowly, the 'pirated' stuffs are decreasing in Chinatown...but ask around, you might get what you look for in here...
Now let's take a look of some eating restaurants around Chinatown. There are many to choose from. Mostly Chinese cuisines, from cheap to distortedly expensive plates could be found here. Choose wisely.
The layouts are simple; Set up tables & chairs in front on the restaurants, blocking traffics nevermind.
If you feel that you don't want to be disturbed (cars honing at you, motorcycles side mirrors bump into your head/back & such like...) while chewing those meatballs, get a seat inside the restaurants...
Just enjoy the foods & the sights around you.
Chinatown is a brightly lit area with people hording this area to buy something & to eat something.
You could seep into the back alleys where rats, cockroaches, lizards, frogs ETC have their dwellings in here as well !
Sometimes, we could be mistaken a rat as a cat ! That's how BIG some rats here are ! They eat good (leftover) foods anyway...
Slowly, I walked to Chinatown. A busy area where people & vehicles 'jam' each other out.
On the photo, try to challenge yourself crossing the road with all those heavy vehicles or you could take the overhead bridge which is better, of course...
Inside Chinatown, it's busy with people, that's for sure ! Sellers & buyers alike...If you are in Kuala Lumpur, which I would prefer to call KL; A VISIT to the Chinatown is A MUST !
You could see all the items that Malaysians, even tourists love to buy.
This area is full of stalls, most are 'pirated' stuffs (not originals) with good values (if not great...) & at very very affordable prices !
BARGAIN IS A MUST !
can we actually bargain on eating ?...We could, if don't have face ! The way the locals put it, meaning if you are not shy or you are beginning to be starving to death, then bargain for the foods !
Anyway, look at the menus if they are available or ask how much is one plate of that crab meat, with sauce.
You can ask if you could get beer as well; Normally at Chinese restaurants, you can easily get beers, of all kinds.
Western wines on the otherhand, are not really served here but you could try Chinese wines...
This is a Pagoda stalls that I managed to capture...
In the Chinatown or rather walking through the area, you could see stalls lined up on the left & right as you walking through.
Whereas behind these stalls, there are shops also, with more stuffs to browse through & BARGAIN for.
On that night, I wanted to but a tripod, thought I would have one for my night photos.
I asked for USD 7 for a long tripod, but was told that I couldn't get it less than USD 12 anywhere in Central Market ! I walked off...
The original price of the tripod is actually USD 24, if you buy at 'high-end' establishments...
You have a choice in bargaining of course, put your prices down if they want to accept, take it right away, if they don't you could either move to some other stalls.
Be reasonable of course when putting prices; There are certain things that you could never get for less than certain prices in this world !
I ended up NOT buying anything, I could wait I guess...
Chinatown at night is another great spot, best to go 7-10pm to capture its peak time. You can see worldwide tourists busy searching for things to buy, they bargain and bargain, I enjoy watching peoples bargaining, I seldom buy anything in Chinatown, I only go there to take photos of peoples especially when they bargain.
Go to Petaling Street to see KL's Chinatown. It's full of things to buy and good food to eat. It is lively and very interesting. You can practise your bargaining skills and perhaps will go home with a good bargain.
The China Town Night Market. It was fabulous! We had a great dinner here from a hawker stall selling chicken noodle soup and it was delicious and a bargin at about 50 pence! Later we bought some strange sweet, BBQd pork sliced things which were a bit strange but quite addictive! We also got some lovely juicy mangos to munch! Apart from cheap eating it is a facinating place to wander round seeing sellers stalls selling everything possible to eat and drink, and also lots of fake sunglasses! I got a great pair of fake Gucci sunglasses (only ever buy fake becuase I lose them every year!) for about £2 - although the name of the game here is to barter with them and then finally to pretend to walk to another stall and the price will suddenly half! At first I felt a bit bad as the price was fairly cheap anyway, but then i realised that if you don't barter they seem disappointed and some sellers actually tell you to barter! They love it - and I did once I got the hang of it. It's great fun.