Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur

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    Food Haven in KL: Chinatown

    by xuessium Updated Apr 22, 2007

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    Folks come here to feel the open air vibes of KL and good old food glorious food. Packed with diners offering an explosion of Chinese dishes - you can choose to eat in the restaurants or among the many street stalls, all al fresco dining. There is also a flea market going on at night selling heaps of trash..and for folks who loves fake coutures, this is one place to get your bargains.

    Look for a street stall tucked in one corner selling "Air Mata Kuching" cold sweet herbal drink (MYR1 for one cup) - made from dried longan, momordaceae fruit and winter melon - it's a great drink to wash down the heat! Just look for the queue!

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    Petaling Street

    by pres_16 Updated Feb 21, 2007

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    Within KL’s Chinatown lies the Petaling Street, a street of restaurants and hawker stalls. If you go shopping here haggle at your best or you may just take a leisurely stroll and you’ll see everything from clothes to bags, drinks, flowers and many other things. A perfect place for bargain hunters.

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    Soak in the atmosphere

    by yukisanto Written Feb 5, 2007

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    Nothing to buy here - unless you're into obviously fake designer goods. But do go for the atmosphere, check out the people etc. Also, at the crossroads (if you're coming in from the main entrance), turn to your left, there is a drink stall selling "luohan guo" drink. Have a drink. It's a long established shop there.

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    Petaling Street = Chinatown

    by longsanborn Written Jan 17, 2007

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    Petaling Street is the center of Kuala Lumpur's original Chinatown. It's the place that never sleeps. All visitors to Kuala Lumpur must not miss a walk through Petaling Street. It is a bustling market that serves as a bargain hunter's paradise and also one of the premier shopping areas in the city with its distinctly oriental atmosphere. Recently, the city council has installed water-proof opaque fibre-glass roofings over the chinatown. This way, visitors can shop in comfort, shaded from the bright sunshine and rain.

    If you're looking for cheap clothes, fabrics, souvenirs, electronic items, watches, DVDs, CDs and more, then Petaling Street is the place for you. For the best atmosphere, you must go at night and also enjoy the excellent chinese restaurants around the area.

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    Chinatown Market

    by yoolya Written Dec 4, 2006

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    I really like the market at Chinatown.... but I am really in to buying all the fake designer items! So this place is PERFECT for that type of stuff!!

    Handbags, suitcases, overnight bags, sunglasses, cases, watches, cigarette lighters, scarfs, t-shirts, belts, etc..... most things!!! And in many brands too LV, Gucci, Prada, Dior, Ralph Lauren, Burberry, Chanel, etc.... all the usual stuff! I mean, yes, it's not as perfect as the original.... but who can pass up an AU$3.50 fake Fendi Watch?? Not me.... I have some that I bought from the market 2 years ago... and they still look perfectly new!!! So they are fine!!

    Oh.... but the perfumes!!! These are fake too, although they claim they are not. I made the mistake of buying 2 bottles of perfume (at a bargain price).... but still not worth the price I paid! I didn't even bother taking them home and just threw them in the hotel bin. Be warned, they give you the originals to sample, but what you get in the box is something different!! I guess is a game of luck, sometimes you get some good smelling ones, other times no! It's a game of chance really!!!

    As for the rest of Chinatown..... lots of shops, clothing, food, shoes, etc... the lot. Like Chinatowns in other places..... usual stuff, same cheap prices! But it's still a very happening place, well worth a visit!!!

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    The most colourful and busy area

    by xaver Written Nov 15, 2006

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    Malaysia's Chinese population, immigrated to Malaysia as early as the 15th century, but largely in the 19th and early 20th century, capitalizing on the spice trade of the Melakan Straits as well as running Malaysia's tin mines - once the country's main source of income. The Chinese immigrants were hardworking, and today, Malaysia's Chinese are at the center of much of the country's commercial activity.
    Here, you can witness this commerce first hand. Indeed, along Petaling Street, the heart of Chinatown, you will see just about anything and everything being sold. Values can be had, as bargaining is most definitely the order of the day. Along Petaling Street, one word may come in particularly handy: "setengah," which means "half." Locals will often yell out "setengah!" as soon as they hear the first price a vendor offers. It is a practice worth to imitation.

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    Chinatown

    by imstress Updated Sep 5, 2006

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    The Chinatown in KL is like a flea market street like Bugis Village in Singapore. The stall vendors are selling almost the same things from handbags to t-shirts and watches.

    This is where you could use your bargaining skills to get the best price for all your purchases.
    There are lots of imitations of designer brands and at very cheap price.

    There is a particular street where is the food/restaurant street. You wont be hungry if you are in Chinatown. Lots of food to eat.

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    Chinatown, Petaling St.

    by makiro Updated Aug 26, 2006

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    The main busy drag through KL's chinatown. It's good to see both day and night if possible, but the night market gets really crowded. Be sure to bargain with the hawkers...for your cds, shirts, watches and knockoffs. They expect it. I got a cute asian style shirt for about 20 ringet.

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    Explore Chinatown

    by DanielF Updated Aug 7, 2006

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    Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown is not as colourful as in other more traditional Malaysian cities, such as Malacca or Penang, but well worth a visit to have lunch or do some shopping. It is one of the most active parts of town and one can still find here traditional stores and food stalls in contrast with the standardised boutiques and fast food venues of the shopping malls.

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    Local drink: Air Mata Kucing

    by makiro Written Jul 8, 2006

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    Try this popular ice cold dessert beverage at the stand on Petaling Street. The name in malay means Cat Eye Drink. There are five primary ingredients, which are Buddha's fruit, dried longan, winter melon, brown sugar and water.

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    Lively Chinatown

    by makiro Updated Jun 26, 2006

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    Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur is very interesting, exciting...lively with lots of vendors. In the market area, the hawkers will try to get you to buy just about anything, legal or otherwise. I was able to find several vegetarian choices here which i wil right about soon. When Im looking for a particular place I always ask the cab drivers :)

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    Shoes, bags and bargins

    by hennanights Written May 15, 2006
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    China town markets are for you if you like shopping. Unfortunately like everywhere in the world the globalization monster has taken its bite. Mostly what is on sale in Chinatown is knock offs, shoes and copied DVDs. I'm not saying this doesnt appeal to the shopper in me only that don't go there expecting to find a slice of Chinese culture. But you will get a great pair of shoes really cheap!

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    Petaling Street

    by rochellevm Written May 14, 2006

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    Petaling Street at noon

    While in Kuala Lumpur, don't forget to stop by at Petaling Street. The street is usually active at 6:00pm. No worry however if you go there early, since there are shops open even before that. Petaling Street should be a good place to shop for souvenirs, clothes, bags (immitation), shoes. You can also bargain; be sure however when you ask / bargain, you are that keen to buy.

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    Grab Some Dodgy Gear - China Town

    by alvis Written Apr 27, 2006

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    China Town is busiest at night time when the market opens. The main focus in China Town is the sheltered market where you can buy loads of dodgy gear, dvds, etc. at cheap prices but you will need to barter. You should grab some presents and souvenirs before heading back home.

    To get here the best option is taxi. If you are on a budget or just want to try out the LRT and Monorail here is how you get there from Bukit Bintang.

    Get on at Bukit Bintang and travel to KL Sentral. Get off the monorail, walk 200 metres to board the next train (LRT no longer monorail) which is on the Putra LRT. 1 stop later and you get off (forget the stop) and from the platform you will see to the left a strange looking building which is the National Mosque. From there just ask for directions to China Town.

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  • China Town Market

    by ghook26877 Updated Jan 30, 2006

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    China Town night market - great fun!

    Just ask the taxi driver to take you to the night market, he'll know where you mean.

    Buy anything from a fake Rolex or Tag to fake Nike Trainers!

    Remember to haggle for everything, but not too much after all these guys are trying to scratch a living so don't play too hard.

    This is a great place to see some wonderful people, they are on a whole friendly and welcoming. Even though we didn't buy from some of them they seemed genuinelly happy to talk to us and ask where we going and what we thought of their wonderful country.

    Keep your wits about you, we felt a bit on edge to start with as like anywhere pick-pockets roam this area. As long as your not too flash with the cash and keep it secure, you'll be fine.

    The food hall is a great place to visit - plenty of hawker stands and new food to try.

    Top Tip - Keep plenty of empty luggage so you can take your new 'designer' gear home with you!

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