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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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    Lai Lai...!!

    by Kaynisa Updated May 17, 2005

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    Wohooo a place to visit to find all the branded (but not aoriginal) goods. it;s such an exprience watching some of the locals bargaining... gosh u need to have that skills to be shopping here... and u'll be amaze at the prices they'll offer ya...

    Dominated by Chinese old-timers and some say retired gang-leaders, Petaling Street offers an interesting contrast to the hustle and bustle of the modern KL life. You not only can get cheap goods, you can also savour some good food.

    Look out for Chinese medicinal shops that sell ginseng and all sort of traditional remedies for all sorts of ailments. Chinese tea-houses are also nice to rest in. If you're at Petaling Street at night, it's best to exercise caution over your valuables

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    Shop Shopping Shop Shop till you drop !

    by gnh Written Aug 22, 2005

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    What Have You Got ?

    Everyone talks about Chinatown and so why shouldn't you go there too ?

    Lots of things to look at, even if you don't want to buy anything ! But who could resist the bargains ?

    Nice Rolex for USD 10 ? Imagine ! But of course, fakes, so don't expect too much. And don't be upset if it fails to move after a month or so, you don't really lose much, but gain much entertainment and amusement. On the other hand, those "fakes" might perform as well as the original !

    Be prepared ...........

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    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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    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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    Petaling Street

    by stellz20 Updated Mar 17, 2004

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    A must for any tourist. PETALING STREET - The heart of Kuala Lumpur's original CHINATOWN and a bustling night market serving as a bargain hunter's paradise and one of the premier shopping areas in the city with its distinctly oriental atmosphere. Petaling Street maintains much of its traditional atmosphere, particularly at night when vendors spread their wares out on the street. While it is possible to purchase anything from gems and incense to toys and t-shirts here, enjoying the night market is really a matter of just wandering about and enjoying its sights, sounds, and energy. Incredible bargains amidst a melange of signs, shops, noise and roadside food stalls open until the wee hours of the morning.

    My Visit:

    We were at Petaling street for a night market at around 7pm and surprisingly for me, the sun is still up. We were able to buy lots of Malaysian delicacies to take back home, and some souvenir items as well. I suggest you master the "art of haggling" when visiting to Chinatown since a lot of vendors tend to double even triple their price so beware. Be cautious with your belongings too since the street tends to get crowded and snatchers might just be around.

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  • Beware of the stallkeepers!!!!

    by hiraza Written Jul 30, 2008

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    Since China Town is very famous for its immense bargaining thus the stallkeepers have also found a way to avoid this trick. What they do is that they tell you a price which is more than double the normal price so a tourist will maximum make a call of half the price. The stallkeeper adds RM 5-8 more to that price and the tourist gets easily ripped off by thinking that he/she has made a perfect buy. It happened with me too until i just visited a shop at china town and was stunned to see that a t-shirt which i bought for RM 25 from a stall after bargaining for arnd RM 15 (i.e from RM 40 to Rm 25), it was displayed for sale at a price of RM 18 in that shop. Only then i realized that its much better to buy stuff from the shops inside China Town rather than the stalls. So, its just a short piece of advice. Hope you find it usefull. And feel free to comment. Thanks

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    Petaling Street

    by SLLiew Written Nov 4, 2008

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    This is another must for first-time visitor to Kuala Lumpur. Petaling Street is in the heart of the Chinatown of downtown Kuala Lumpur.

    The history of Kuala Lumpur began when Chinese immigrant miners came to open the tin industry of Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur started as a riverine town of attap houses and the founder was a Hakka Chinese named Captain Yap Ah Loy.

    Petaling Street has been a famous night market street and now converted with high roof into a pedestrian shopping street. Great place to find bargains, eat and watch local shoppers and tourists mingling.

    As bargaining is expected, do not rush in buying but negotiate for best price. Open from morning till night. Walking distance from Pudu Bus Station and Light Rail Train (LRT) station of Pasar Seni (Central Market).

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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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    Chinatown

    by mansionion Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The entrance to Chinatown with its canopy roof.

    The original Chinatown of KL was established during the British colonial days in the Petaling Street area as a settlement site for the Chinese community in KL. For years the area maintains much of its traditional atmosphere, with a Bhudist temple and shops selling incense, gems, traditional medicines as well as famous Chinese eateries.

    Early in the afternoon till late evening vendors will spread their wares on the street with more items to sell. The place is especially notorious for imitation goods on sale here - from designer stuffs to illegal VCDs/DVDs.

    Recently, the area has been upgraded with canopy roof covering the streets. Nevertheless, the area still maintains its charm and still pulling in the crowd for bargain hunting, especially for imitation goods.

    Even if shoping or dining is not the main purpose of going there, wandering around in Chinatown still an enjoyable experience with its spectacular sights and sounds.

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    CHINA TOWN

    by balhannah Updated Dec 5, 2009

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    China town, what a busy, bustling area this was.
    The main area is ‘Jalan Petaling/Petaling Street’ which you enter into under a big archway.

    Late afternoon, and probably wasn't as busy as if visiting at night, stalls were being set up for the evening's trading.
    There is heaps of goods here at bargain prices, you just need the time to have a real good look around, something I didn't have, but I hope to return to one day in the near future. Don't want to miss out on all the bargains that are here!
    Remember to bargain too, don't want to be ripped off and pay the full price!

    Of course, if you like Asian food, then this is the place to come, with a big variety of food stalls.
    I believe they are open till late at night or early morning in some cases.

    Getting here is easy, the Hop/on/bus stops here (how I arrived) and there are also local buses, you need to take one saying to "Kotaraya’. Plenty of Train stations and the Monorail nearby too!

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    Petaling Street = Chinatown

    by longsanborn Written Jan 17, 2007

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    Middle of Petaling Street (Chinatown)
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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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    Explore the smells of Chinatown food market

    by Umea6 Written Nov 11, 2003

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    Food market

    When strolling around Chinatown on Jalan Petaling you have to check the chinese food market. You can't see it from the street, but follow the slightly unpleasent smell and you fill find almost a hidden passageway to it. Explore the vegetables, dairy products, meats, fishes and so much more ....

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    Chinatown

    by city_guy Updated Dec 22, 2003

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    Chinatown

    Well, this is what it looks like, the NEW Chinatown in KL. They've stopped the traffic from going through, paved up the street, gave it a erm. nice long modern canopy and more stalls there.

    A must for every traveller.

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    Chinatown - Jalan Petaling

    by Umea6 Updated Dec 22, 2003

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    Rambutan stall

    This is my favourite part of KL. I just love to watch the way life goes on in Chinatown. KL's Chinatown is located at Jalan Petaling.

    Malaysia has the largest number of Chinese in SE Asia, about 27% of the population in Peninsular Malaysia and are found in all major cities. The main dialect spoken amongst the Chinese in KL is Cantonese.

    This is the place where food is a key feature. Business starts before daybreak at the wet market. At night, the whole place is transformed into a canvas-canopied night market, also called pasar malam. For the night people, this place has a large offering of goods (as well as food) even when it is dark.

    There are many stalls selling fresh fruit. On the picture is a pile of rambutan, a really watery & sweet fruit.

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