A Day in Kuala Lumpur

We arrived back in Terengganu 25th August and spent the next 4 days cleaning Camomile inside and out.  I made 3 trips to the laundry with big bags of washing not having done any for the last month, lucky we mostly live in swimmers.  I wanted to leave everything clean and tidy as we were leaving Camomile for 3 weeks for an adventure to Hong Kong and China.

Bill boarding our bright yellow plane

Bill boarding our bright yellow plane

 

It all started with a taxi at 6.30 on Sunday 30th August to take us to the airport to catch the 8.20 to Kuala Lumpur. Our plane wasn’t the usual Air Asia red but a brightly painted yellow.  The flight left right on time.  Our flight to Hong Kong wasn’t until the next morning but very early so I had booked a night in the Tune hotel at the KLIA2 terminal giving us a day in Kuala Lumpur.

 

Bill and I in Chinatown

Bill and I in Chinatown

We were too early to check in but left our bags in their left luggage room and jumped on the KLIA express train for the half hour ride to KL Sentral then took the underground to Pasar Seni and walked to Chinatown.  The main street is Jalan Petaling and was full of bustling stall selling all sorts of chinese goods.  A bought my self a nice new purse because mine has recently broken.  We also visited the Guan Yin temple which was a bit like one of the clan houses in Penang but not as nice.  Our impressions of Chinatown was that it was very colourful and noisy and not as nice as the Chinatown in Singapore but it was interesting to look around. After lunch in a local food court we headed back to the underground and made our way to KLCC with the magnificent Petronas twin towers as its center piece.

The Petronas twin towers

The Petronas twin towers

 

 

 

We forgot to take a picture of the outside but this a picture we took last year when the sky was much bluer, it was quite hazy today.

 

One of the Petronas racing cars

One of the Petronas racing cars

 

 

 

 

 

In the entrance they have 2 formula 1 racing cars sponsored by Petronas that have been used.  Bill was interested to see the body structure which his company used to make patterns for on similar vehicles. You could see the under body protection plate that had scratches on it from where the body had grounded out.

 

 

Interesting shop

Interesting shop

 

I had booked tickets to visit the viewing towers at 4pm so we had several hours to wander around the huge shopping mail that was contained in 4 floors at the base of the towers.  There are many designer shops including many shoe shops but I resisted.  This shop caught Bills eye and we had to have a look around but guess what …… no hardware or boat shops. Yippee!!!

 

Bill standing by the expansion gap.

Bill standing by the expansion gap.

 

At our allotted time we joined the tour. The Petronas Twin towers were once the tallest building in the world at a height of 452 metres.  It’s largely constructed of reinforced concrete with a steel and glass facade designed to resemble motifs found in Islamic architecture.  The Skybridge is at the 41st and 42nd levels and that’s where we started our tour. The bridge is the highest 2 storey bridge in the world and is attached to the towers with a sliding system that allows the towers and the bridge to move independently up to about 10 inches each side.   It’s built to with stand winds of 180kph, fortunately the strongest they’ve ever had was 80 kph but the expansion gap had moved by 4 inches during the last Japanese earthquake.

 

 

Bill on the skybridge

Bill on the skybridge

The huge supports

The huge supports

 

 

 

 

 

My panoramic view of the two towers

My panoramic view of the two towers

Our selfie

Our selfie

 

 

We continued to the observation deck on level 86.  This was our selfie.

 

 

Looking down on the other tower

Looking down on the other tower

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Sadly it was hazy today so the view wasn’t quite as good as we had hoped but it was still amazing to be so high up.  I didn’t like looking over the edge.  It was interesting to see the other tower next door.

 

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After our tour we made our way back to KL Sentral and took our train back to the airport and the Tune hotel.  Tomorrow we fly to Hong Kong. Weeeeeee!!

 

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