The Hub of Malaysia

Trip Start Nov 05, 2007
Trip End Jun 22, 2008

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Flag of Malaysia  , Wilayah Persekutuan,
Tuesday, April 29, 2008

We made our way via bus for the 3 1/2 highway drive down to the Capital and the largest city in the country, what the locals call KL. This is a very modern city, from western standards with many cultural activities and major events.

Our first stop was to the famous Petronas Towers which were the world's tallest buildings from 1998 to 2004 until the Taipei 101 took that record. The 88-floor towers are constructed largely of reinforced concrete, with a steel and glass facade designed to resemble motifs found in Islamic art, a reflection of Malaysia's Muslim religion. The towers feature a sky bridge between the two towers on 41st and 42nd floors, which is the highest 2-story bridge in the world. The bridge is 170m above the ground and 58 m long, weighing 750 tons. As I hope you can see from the pictures it is a great building, both in the daytime and night. We also purchased tickets for the "Petronas Philharmonic Hall" within the building for concert by the is the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.

We purchased "city tour" tickets which gave us a good overall impression of the city. This allowed us to plan for upcoming day trips. One of our first was to the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park. The Bird Park houses more than 5000 birds (or more than 50 species) of birds in an enclosed aviary. Out of these 5000 birds, 90% are local birds and 10% were imported from overseas. As you can see Darcy had a great time feeding them!
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