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Worldwatch: Towering jaunt

With the world?s tallest towers and shopping bonanzas, Kuala Lumpur can be one of your sought-after trips, says Summi Gambhir

india Updated: Jun 12, 2006 14:28 IST

If you have missed Fisichella and Alonso’s feat in Sepang and are
feeling your life is on low gear, it’s time to visit Kuala Lumpur, the vrooming city. With the world’s tallest towers, scintillating aquariums and shopping bonanzas it can be one of your sought-after trips, says Summi Gambhir

Do a Google search on Kuala Lumpur and you’ll be confused in five minutes. There is so much to see in Malaysia’s capital city, and you thought KL was just a cosmopolitan city which has tall buildings and is a great shopping destination!
Indeed, that’s what I also thought of the city till I landed there recently.

Yes, it has the world’s tallest towers — the KL tower and Petronas Twin Towers. And rest of the buildings simply seem to be competing with these two handsome buildings. Yes, height does matter in Malaysia.

If all this makes you  think that this is just another tourist cliché — read on, as I was one of the fortunate ones to visit KL during the Petronas Grand Prix in Sepang. Boy! You have to feel the excitement
to believe it.

It is almost as if the entire city goes for a make over during the Grand Prix week. The streets are always busy even late in the night, which, I was told, is a rare sight. On normal days, KL shuts shop at 10 p.m. But during the racing week most of the pubs turn into pit stops and the shopping discounts are just irresistible.

KL is a shopaholic’s paradise. Exquisite brands are available at good bargains. In almost every part of the city shopping complexes are just stacked up like dominoes.

No visit to KL can be complete without a visit to the China Market. This narrow street houses every brand under the sun. All the shopkeepers tried to convince me that a $10 Louis Vuitton wallet is original. Slurping down a glass a cold coffee from the street, I just enjoyed looking at the ‘Gootchi’ watches and ‘Channel’ bags.

So, if you are a shopaholic like me you won’t even realise how time flies in the city. Well, that can be your only complain in this world city.
By now if you are thinking that there is very little to do in KL besides shopping, you are mistaken. Just walking down the streets with oodles of greenery around can offer so much.