Thursday, July 21, 2011

"Last stop in the northern hemisphere" Jiewu's photos around Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (travel pics)

Preview of Jiewu's blog at TravelPod. Read the full blog here: This blog preview was made by TravelPod using the TripAdvisor™ TripWow slideshow creator. Entry from: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Entry Title: "Last stop in the northern hemisphere" Entry: "Malaysia continues to be a very pleasant surprise. We landed (ahead of schedule) and were whisked through the ultra-modern KLIA terminal to an awaiting high-speed train link to downtown KL where we transferred to the Monorail and were deposited outside our Tune hotel via a rooftop tour of the city. KL is a modern, clean, safe and enthralling city - Malaysia has a defined goal to become a 'fully developed country' (whatever that means!) by 2020, and we must say it feels that way already - we are impressed. We grabbed a map and stomped off down through the Little India part of town (door-to-door sari shops blaring Indian pop music onto the street) towards the old colonial centrepiece - Merdeka, or Independence, Square. The square is, unusually for city centre squares, a flat, green lawn, and is where the Brits used to enjoy a spot of cricket. It is surrounded by a modest white-washed christian church on one side, the cricket club's mock tudor clubhouse along another, the world's largest flagpole at the southern end, and the east side houses domed government buildings that were clearly spares from a job-lot that the British Empire had done for Delhi. Lunch in the art deco, and, crucially, air-conditioned central ...

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