Sibu Revisited

Trip Start Mar 27, 2012
Trip End Oct 18, 2012

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Where I stayed
Li Hua Hotel Sibu
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What I did
Chinese temple and Pagoda, harbourviews

Flag of Malaysia  , Sarawak,
Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The next day saw us back on the boat and heading for Sibu again. 

 Sibu is quite a large town, boasting the most number of millionaires in Borneo.   with the biggest covered market I have seen for quite a time in Asia.  Under the one roof you can buy just about everything you need, food, clothing, household goods, delicacies - you name it, it is probably here (except for electrical goods and mobiles).   The bags of litle dried shrimps and sardines makes you wonder if there are any fish left in the sea!

The population of Sibu is predominantly Foochow Chinese, originating from the Fuzhou region of southern China.  There are, however, smaller populations of Malays, Melanaus,  Ibans, and Orang Ulus - the river people.  The town did very well in the 1950s with the advent of logging and the town became the main centre for the timber industry.  Logging still appears to be important in the area although quotas have been imposed and more sustainable logging practices are apparently in place.  It is still a major port and trading centre, particularly for the Rejang Basin.

We had a wander around Sibu taking in the Mosques, the Methodist Church (most of  the Chinese who fled from Fuzhou were Christians), as well as the more traditional Chinese Tua Pek Kong Temple , which is 100 years old and the oldest in Sibu.  Next to the temple is the Goddess of Mercy Pagoda, which was added in 1987, and looks fantastic at night all lit up.
We were hoping to go to visit one of the local longhouse settlements nearby Sibu today but, unfortunately, Arthur has eaten something that didn't agree with him (and he didn't even try the olives or the other spicy stuff) and we considered it best to just rest this afternoon, which is why I am typing up this blog.

He is feeling much better now and should be ready to go again tomorrow, when we leave for Kuching.

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Pam-Yorkshire on

Just thought I'd send you our best wishes.....enjoy your last few days, I am sure you will. I'm thinking of popping down to London to see the girls for a few days late November and at the end of this month I'm away for 2 nights in Chester with some friends. I did try talking Chris into going to Morocco for a few weeks but it fell on deaf ears !! I can't wait until January. Cherio for now.

Kathryn on

I hear from Brane that you are about to hit the home shores. I just wanted to say that I have so enjoyed reading your blog. So much so that I have been inspired to do my own. Your journey was amazing and I was always impressed in what you did. I am afraid I am a little like Arthur and wouldn't have eaten many of the things that you tried. Your journey is an inspiration to all us travellers.

chrismcg on

Hi Pam
We called in to see Annie and Eric. they were lovely people. There was no room in the house and we stayed in one of the outside chalets. Quite nice but no tea making facilities! They remember you both very fondly and Annie told me she looked up your house on Google. They sent their best wishes. We have enjoyed Kuching - but we have kept an eye on the drains!
Have a great time with the girls and in Chester too. We met a young couple from Chester just a few weeks ago.
I am really feeling more than a little sad that it is coming to an end, but will try and plan something for March next.
Morocco sounds great! What are we going to do with our less adventurous men! LOL

chrismcg on

I am enjoying your blog too. It will be better when I am home and have better internet connections. I will be tuning in daily. I hope you have been getting my comments. I just love hearing about China. It brings it all back and my memories are good ones - just like yours.
You are doing great and really getting around. You are an inspiration too. Keep enjoying yourself. We should see you early next year.
Much love,

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