Saturday, December 31, 2011

learn something about Kuching, Malaysia

Postcard from Kuching, Malaysia


Kuching, officially the City of Kuching, and formerly the City of Sarawak, is the capital and most populous city of the East Malaysian state of Sarawak. It is the largest city on the island of Borneo and the fourth largest city in Malaysia.

More than 150 years ago, sarawak was essentially Kuching. Kuching was known as Sarawak first, then the word Proper, was added to Sarawak, thus Sarawak Proper, so as to distinguish it from the larger Sarawak which, in 1841, consisted of only the area between Tanjung Datu, and the Samarahan River. On 1872 Sarawak Proper was given its present name, Kuching, under the rule of the second Rajah of Sarawak, Charles Brooke.

Kuching was named after a tidal stream called Kuching River (Sungai Kuching) that ran between the present-day Tua Pek Kong Temple, and Chinese history museum. The stream originated from Cat's Eye Hill (Bukit Mata Kuching) where there was an abundance of a local fruit called Green Longan, vernacularly known as Cat's Eye (Mata Kuching). in 1928, the stream was filled up to make way for the construction of Temple Street (Lebuh Temple) and thus the city's expansion eastwards.

Named as "Taman Sahabat" or "Friendship Park".
The park was built in 2005 to commemorate
anniversary of the Malaysia-China diplomatic relations.

The establishment of a Malaysia China friendship Park in Kuching by the Council of the city of kuching south and the Kunming Municipal people's government, Yunnan Province, China, symbolizes the flourishing friendship of the people of these two cities and the exchange of their political, economic and cultural ties.

The Kunming Municipal People's government constructed an ancient like chinese garden, a Zheng He statue and a hexagonal pavilion called " Huai Feng Pavilion" to commemorate the former glory of Admiral Zheng He.

With the historical and lasting friendship between Malaysia and China they look forward to a bright future for the people of Kuching and Kunming.

A Chinese architectural styles restaurant serves "dim sum"
thing to have after your "tai chi" routines.

Zheng-He (Cheng Ho), was an admiral, diplomat and explorer during China's Ming dynasty. He was born to a poor ethnic Hui (Chinese Muslims) family in Yunnan, Southwest China. Emperor Yong Le selected him to lead the first of seven epic expeditions to South East Asia.

In 1405 Zheng He started the world's first biggest naval expedition. his fleet consisted of over 300 ships with over 60 treasure ships measuring 150meters in lenght and 83meters in width and equipped with more than 28000 crew. Zheng He made one last voyage during the reign of Emperor Zhu Zhanji when his fleets visited more than 37 countries in the SouthChina Sea, Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea, Meditteranean Sea and Africa.

Zheng He made a total of seven voyages within a period of 23years.

According to the Malay Annals, Zheng He escorted a contingent of 500 court maidens together with a princess called Hang Li Po to marry the Sultan Mansur Syah of Malacca. These 500 maidens eventually settled in Bukit Cina in Melacca. the decendants of these mixed marriages with local native in Malaysia are known today as "Baba and Nyoya"

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Semoga hari anda baik sahaja!

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