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Walked so far I got blisters!!!!

Lazy start to the day. Got out of bed at 9am, had brekkie of toast & tea downstairs in the community area & then headed out at 10.30am. I decided to walk after talking to one of the chinese girls last night because even though places looked far on the map , they were really quite close.

I have decided that there is a lot of money in KL. City is clean & orderly & has REALLY expensive hotels & designer stores & massive shopping malls ..... more than I have ever seen In Australia. Lots of great street signing intros area to find places as well. I headed of to Bukit Bintang to do the Bintang Walk in the golden triangle part of KL where all the money is. I didn't go into any of the malls except for Pavilion because I had read that they have great food court. I checked it out & decided to return later to eat as it was too early for lunch.

It has been Chinese New Year & all the shops are decorated with red lanterns & massive fat rabbits as it is the year of the rabbit!!. I saw , but heard first short processions of beating drums & clanging cymbals accompanying 2 dancing dragons. They would dance in the front of stores & then bow down in the store entrance with the staff lined up facing them. It would be to bring good luck & prosperity for the next year to that business. I saw at one place several drums which you could hit - one was for good health & another for prosperity. Even McDonalds got in on it & have a "prosperity " drink for sale at the moment!!!!

Next headed towards the Petronas Twin Towers that I got glimpses of every now & then. Absolutely stunning, silver gleaming buildings. I arrived too late to buy a ticket to the sky walk for a viewing.You can go up to the skybridge on the 41st floor for 40 ringgit but they only sell 1000 tickets a day & I had got their too late. The building has 88 floors so the viewing area is not even half way up They were built in 1998 & at a height of 452 m was once the tallest in the world but has been lost now to Tapei Tower.

Instead I went up Kuala Lumpur Tower or Menara Tower. Standing on top of a hill & surrounded by dense rainforest reserve in the middle of the city, it is the 4th highest telecommunications tower in the world. More walking with my map which is getting well used.!

It stands at 421 m & the admission fee is 38 ringitt ( about $12 AUS). The elevator was so fast & took only 58 seonds to get up the 268 metres to the viewing deck. My ears popped 3 times in that short ride!

Great view from the top all over KL. The view of the Petronas Towers is not great because you see the side on instead of from the front & cannot see the skywalk. The elevator ride down was even quicker at 52 seconds!!!

The admission ticket included seeing the Animal Park , which was a small indoor area with seriously the biggest snakes I have seen in my life & the largest & most disgusting spiders I have ever seen. Manyspiders were from South America..almost bad enough to make me never want to visit there!!! One of the pythons was so massive that it was the thickness of a large mans thigh !! The iguanas were interesting & also the 2 headed turtle!!! Snapping turtles had a sign not to touch as their bite could break your hand & arm. Their snap must have some punch!!!

Behind that was the entrance to the rainforest reserve walks which are quite extensive. I went through the first section walking on swinging suspended bridges until I got to a clearing.

By now it was 2.30pm & I was starving and that Sushi Restaurant I had seen earlier at Pavilion was caling my name very loudly!!! Another decent walk to get there & ate 3 plates for about $6. Sat & played some Solitaire for awhile , enjoying resting my feet & sitting in aircon!

Took another road back to the Chinatown & Little India area & for the first time since being here had memories of the few hours I had here 10 years ago with Brad & the boys. Passed a petrol station where I remembered we had stopped for ice-blocks. We had been walking towards the towers from Chinatown & they all had had enough by this point & had turned back. It had been so humid & after living in Colorado for 5 years & on our way back home to Australia none of us were very good with coping with the humidity! Rang Brad at this point to relive the memories with him!!!

Enjoyed wandering around Little India & Chinatown- alway so much happening with outdoor eating areas & lots of life & interaction. . By now my feet were soooo sore & I had blisters starting under the straps of my thongs. Stopped to buy bandaids, but they kept falling off...had to try & walk differently to relieve the pressure!!!

Passed these temples at the other end of my guesthouse street Sri Maha Mariamman Indian Temple in Jalan Tun HS Lee - Oldest & most elaborate in Malaysia this hindu temple has a 22m tower adorned with intricately carved images

Sze Ya Temple - Oldest Taoist temple dating back to 1864

Then walked around to the outside of Masjid Jamek which is KL's oldest surving mosque built in 1909 Its design was inspired by Mogul architecture with many cupolas & minarets. It is at the confluence of the muddy narrow rivers.

Back to Petaling street action for a massage - bad one which hurt! Dinner & back to the hostel. No trouble falling asleep after all that walking!!!

Chinese New Year decorations in Pavilions Mall

Chinese New Year decorations in Pavilions Mall


Petronas Twin Towers

Petronas Twin Towers


Outside Pavilion Mall

Outside Pavilion Mall


Big  hotel

Big hotel


View from KL Tower

View from KL Tower


Great street signage everywhere

Great street signage everywhere


Another view

Another view


Treed streets

Treed streets


KL Tower

KL Tower


Pythin

Pythin


Rainforest bridge walk

Rainforest bridge walk


Info re python

Info re python


Little india street stalls squeezed between buildi

Little india street stalls squeezed between buildi


Massive Python

Massive Python


Warning about snapping turtles

Warning about snapping turtles


Snapping Turtles

Snapping Turtles


Iguanas

Iguanas


Turtles having lunch

Turtles having lunch


Me

Me


Little india

Little india


Little India

Little India


Mosque

Mosque


Nice building

Nice building


Lights in trees

Lights in trees


Night scene

Night scene


Taoist Temple

Taoist Temple


Hindu Temple

Hindu Temple


Seller opposite Hindu Temple

Seller opposite Hindu Temple

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Malaysia

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