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Kuala Lumpur is a great city to visit at any time. In sultry January, when people were getting ready for the New Year, we enjoyed walking along the festooned streets of the Chinatown. We visited a Hindu temple, a stunning mosque or two and delighted in the colonial architecture. In other parts of the city we saw the glittering towers and elegant shopping malls, tried some Italian food and perfect cappuccinos. Yes, we'd like to go there again!
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First Published: 20140926
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1. National History Museum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Opened in 1966, the museum (pictured on the left) has an extensive collection of artefacts related to the Malaysian heritage.
2. A fountain, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The historic heart of the city, the Merdeka (Independence) Square and the Sultan Abdul Samad building are seen here through the sprays of fountain water.
3. Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The enormous green square is flanked by the Sultan Abdul Samad building on one side (pictured) and the Royal Selangor Club on the other.
4. The Malayan Textile Museum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This photo was taken early in the morning, when the motorbikes just started appearing on this picturesque road by the Merdeka Square. The Islamic style museum building was made of red and plastered bricks giving it its striped look.
5. The Malaysian Textile Museum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The pictured building on the corner of Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin and Lebuh Pasar Besar was completed in 1905 and designed to match the style of the neighbouring structures. The museum displays the array of Malayan fabrics in their historical context.
6. Old Railway Station and Malayan Rail HQ, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The British architect, Arthur B Hubback designed both structures in a blend of the European and Islamic styles. They were built at the beginning of the 20th century; the Railway Station is pictured on the right, the Rail HQ on the left.
7. Malayan Railway HQ, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Located just opposite the train station, the building was completed in 1917. The gothic arches, high verandas and windows are design to keep it cool, while columns on the corners and domes add to a European feel.
8. Old Railway Station, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. One of the turrets was photographed against the early morning sun.
9. Masjid Jamek, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Opened by the Sultan of Selangor in 1909, this is the oldest mosque in Kuala Lumpur. It stands on the very spot where in the 1850s the settlement began.
10. Masjid Jamek, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The domes and minarets decorate the roof of this stunning structure, another of the Arthur Benison Hubbock designs.
11. Minarets of Masjid Jamek, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The two minarets (one pictured) are about twenty seven metres tall. With their red and white stripes they look stunning against the pale sky.
12. Masjid Jamek, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The mosque was built on the banks of two rivers, a location that adds to its relaxed atmosphere.
13. Indian temple, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in the Chinatown was being restored when this photo of the courtyard decorations was taken. The temple dates back to the colonial times of the early twentieth century.
14. Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Dragon dances are popular during celebrations of the Chinese New Year. The idea is to ward off evil spirits and bring a good fortune to everyone. Pictured are school kids preparing for a dragon dancing competition.
15. Pavilion Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The entrance hall of one of the most elegant shopping centres was decorated with branches of pink flowers. Such flowers are a favourite decoration for the New Year. Pale pink of peach blossom symbolises wisdom.
16. The Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The twin towers look stunning when the sunlight glitters on their glass and steel facades. And only the sunlight can reach their spires at the height of 452 metres.
17. The Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This photo was taken from the skybridge, looking 170 metres down the side of the second tower.
18. Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Suria Shopping Mall in the Petronas Towers is decorated for the Chinese New Year. The elegant boutiques, fitness and medical centre, cinemas, art gallery, cafes and restaurants are housed on the six levels of the contemporary space.
19. Skybridge, Petronas Towers, KL, Malaysia. The two storey bridge attracts visitors who wish to enjoy the extensive views of the city. Walking its length of 58 metres at 170 metres hight can be a thrilling experience.
20. Milky Stork, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. That sad looking bird inhabits coastal wetlands of Malaysia, Sumatra and many Indonesian islands. It is considered a vulnerable species; its habitat is being destroyed, its eggs and chicks are collected for food. The one pictured here was in the Bird Park in Kuala Lumpur.
21. Flamingos, Bird Park, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. A group of those beautiful timid birds was soaking up the morning sun while waiting to be fed by a park staff.
22. White Pelican, Bird Park, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Perched on the rock a mighty pelican waits near the pond to receive its morning meal. It looks funny as it watches intently other birds gathering nearby. When fish arrives the pelican does not hesitate to chase off its contenders.
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