Chinatown / Petaling Street ~ Places to
Visit in Kuala Lumpur
Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur, also known as the Petaling Street, is endowed with a distinct character of its own, this colourful street of shops, restaurants, and hawker stalls bustles with vitality. The main two attractions in Chinatown (apart from the overall atmosphere) have to be the food and shopping.
marketplace for Chinese-centric goods such as medicines and herbs to more
contemporary items like fashion accessories and electronic products.
Affectionately called Chee Chong Kai, which means Starch Factory Street,
Petaling Street was once a tapioca mill for Chinese labourers. Slowly, it
became the large, noisy and popular market it is today as business
associations, temples and societies rose up.
street is closed to vehicular traffic since and became pedestrian-only,
transforming it into a pedestrian shopping mall. It still pulls in many
tourists, who go there to shop and will be regarded as a heritage site.
Chinatown maintains much of its traditional oriental atmosphere,
particularly at night when vendors spread their wares out on the street. It
does get very crowded so if you don't like crowds go early.
Perhaps most famous among its goods
are pirated products, ranging from the latest movies on DVD to China-made
Rolex watches and Versace jeans to imitation Ray-bans. Dont forget to
haggle! No price is set in stone. The prices are raised extremely high but
you can bargain them all the way down, sometimes to more than half the
Suggest you master the "art of haggling" when visiting to Chinatown since a lot of vendors tend to double even triple their price so beware. Be cautious with your belongings too since the street tends to get crowded and snatchers might just be around.
Petaling Street is a vibrant mix of Chinese, Nepalese and Burmese traders who all vie for attention selling jewellery, herbal medicines, dried food, designer T-shirts, handbags and wallets.
and fakes abound. Striking a bargain is not always easy. The trick is to
throw in a few local terms like Murah sikit? (A little cheaper?) or Mahal
sangat! (Too expensive!) and pretend to leave in a huff. Sure enough, a
voice will call out behind you. Okay lah, Okay lah! Ow-mach-you-wan?
PLACES & SIGHTSEEING ~ KL CITY CENTRE
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