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Your One-Stop Guide to Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown!

By Krishnamoorthy V - May 18, 2020
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The Capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is considered as the country’s biggest urban area and its cultural, commercial, and transportation centre. The city is known for its beautiful skylines and lip-smacking street food experiences that create delight for tourists and locals alike. With people from all over the world visiting here, Kuala Lumpur easily becomes South East Asia’s top travel destination. Did you know that this city was found by accident? Yes,  In the 1850s, There was a group of miners from china looking for tin who ended up accidentally finding this city.

Today, Malaysia’s multicultural capital, booms with a large community of Chinese Malaysians. If you wish to soak up a piece of their local culture, Then head straight to China town located in KL to do the same, Here is Your One-Stop Guide to Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown.

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Petaling Street

Chinatown in KL is located on Petaling Street, which itself is situated between Jalan Pudu and Jalan Sultan. This flea market is your one-stop solution for everything you need right from Clothes, electronics to perfumes, CDs, and street food. Be prepared to cross through arrays of shops and pre-war shophouses along Petaling Street where vendors, Mostly Chinese sell their products on either side. If you are looking for handicraft and souvenirs, Then head straight to Central Market or Pasar Seni where you will find indoor markets that sell various crafts, batiks, and embroidery.

The Delicious Street Food

No local market in the world would be complete without a quality experience of food hogging involved. Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown is no different, Numerous stalls sell local street food such as satay and rice while restaurants and fast food courts specialize in endless types of Chinese noodles. If you are looking for a real Chinatown experience then be sure to taste the salted dry duck, beef ball soup, and wanton mee. It is important to know that different food stalls open at different timings enabling the visitors a wide variety of food to choose from.

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Must-Knows While Visiting Chinatown, KL

The hawkers selling at Chinatown have a name for driving a hard deal. Any item at the display you can expect it to have a price bump of 25-50% more than the going rate. It is recommended to start bargaining with 25% of whatever the cost quoted to arrive at a good deal. But, it is important to keep in mind that some vendors might get upset and angry at customers who bargain and then walk away. It is also important for travellers to know that quite a lot of designer products are available at a cheaper price here. 

shops at china town kuala lumpur
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Visitor Information

  • Shops at Chinatown open from 10:00 AM and go on till late night.
  • Chinatown is well connected and the easiest way to get here is to use public transport.
  • Local taxi, Grabcar and Uber are also available to this location for tourist convenience.

If you are planning a trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and looking for a place to do some quality shopping and taste delicious local food, then be sure to add Chinatown to your bucket list. Plan your Malaysia vacation with Pickyourtrail for the best travel experiences and deals. You can also check for available holiday packages on our website.

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