Sunday, February 6, 2011

Mount Kinabalu

6th February 2011

Mount Kinabalu in early morning view from Aristo resort, Kundasang.  

Kinabalu Park - a World heritage designated by UNESCO in 2000 for its universal values and  important biological sites.

The Crocker Range streches all the way to the south of Sabah.

At 4,095.2 meters,  making Mount Kinabalu the highest mountian in Malaysia and a landmark for Sabah.

On a clear morning, (see photo above)  Mount Kinabalu view is majestic against the back drop of the sky. This huge blue granite mountain is a sight to behold.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Kundasang Town

5th February 2011 Saturday

Farm houses in Kundasang Town of Sabah

Kundasang to Sabah, is like Cameron Highland to West Malaysia.

This little town consists only a few dozens of shop lots but the hills are highest concentration of farming community in Sabah.

The town is 6 kilometres from the Kinabalu Park Headquaters with an altitude of 1,500 metres above sea level. The temperate climate makes this valley an ideal place to plant temperate vegetables.

This is the main farming area of  carrot, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, pepper bell, spring onion, and mushroom and exported to Brunei and Sarawak.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Acrobatic in 1Borneo Mall

Acrobatic Show in 1Borneo Shopping Mall

A group of young acrobatic performers from Xi'an came to Kota Kinabalu city to show their wonderful talents. We watched them performed in 2 malls in KK city - 1Borneo Hypermall and Suria Sabah Mall.

Lion Dance in 1Borneo

Chinese Acrobatics Show


Chinese Acrobatics Show in Suria Sabah Shopping Mall

Lion Dance in Suria Sabah Shopping Mall

Lion Dance in Suria Sabah Mall, 4th February, 2011 by Yick Nam Lion Dance Team 益南学校龙麒狮团.
Yick Nam Lion Dance Team won the 2009 Championship title in East Malaysia Lion Dance Competition in Sandakan. The competition was participated by 25 Lion Teams from Sabah and Sarawak

Jesselton Point

Kota Kinabalu Waterfront is developing fast into a tourism zone.

1) Old Kota Kinabalu Port at Tanjong Lipat water front.

2) Jesselton Point - Formerly the Kota Kinabalu Ferry Terminal. One of the main city attractions situated north of downtown Kota Kinabalu. This scenic place has an historical feel complete with olden days snapshots of Jesselton and vintage red English phone booths. Jesselton Point serves as the main boat terminal for the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park and Gayana Island.

3) Kota Kinabalu Marine Police Jetty - between the new Suria Sabah Mall and the Jesselton Point jetty. This Marine Jetty is under planning to be moved to a new location more conducive for the operation of marine police and its vessels and boats.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Kundasang Stalls

Stalls at Kundasang Road side

The wooden stalls at Kundasang's road side display a variety of fruits and vegetables. There are also mushrooms and plants for sale.

During the fruit season, the stalls will be filled with all sorts of colourful fruits. Some strange fruits like red durian, black durian-like rambutans and obese bananas can be seen.

Every holidays, these rows of wooden shops will be filled with interested customers and curious tourists. If you don't have the stomach for veges and fruits, you can also purchase their home-made sweet and crispy keropoks.

If you visit Kundasang, stopping at this tourist spot is a must. 

Tuaran Town

Tuaran Town - as view from a nine-story Chinese pagoda. This pagoda is a prominent landmark of Tuaran.

A view of new shop lots of Tuaran Town.  The old wooden shop houses are in the middle at the background
These new shop lots are replacing the decaying old wooden houses built during British settlement last century.
Staying in Tuaran Town center are majority Chinese, ethnics groups stay at the hilly countryside.

There is no tourist attraction in this sleepy town. The only reason traveler come to this town is stop over for meals. Tuaran has advantage for being a stopover town for travelers to Kota Kinabalu City. From the north are Kudat, Kota Marudu, Kota Belud, and Tenghilan and from the East are Kinabalu Park, Ranau, Sandakan and Tawau.

We stop by Tuaran town for Tuaran Mee as lunch before continue driving to the city Kota Kinabalu 34km to the south.

The town has been expanding fast. Tuaran River borders the town on three sides, almost circling it.