Trip Start Mar 27, 2012
84Trip End Oct 18, 2012
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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
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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