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Kuala Lumpur and the Malaysian Grand Prix. P.2

Mike Seryakov • 7 minutes read • February 23rd, 2017
Let's continue our tour of Kuala Lumpur (Kuala Lumpur and the Malaysian Grand Prix. P.1)!

Kuala Lumpur

has a

butterfly park

(Taman Rama) with a very large collection.
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Our next stop was a bird park which contains more than 200 species of the volatiles. Many birds freely wander on the territory of the park, the rest live in large cages or aviaries.
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Dataran Merdeka or 

Merdeka Square

in Kuala Lumpur has a very important role in the history of Malaysia. In colonial times, the place was known as the Selangor Club Padang and was popular among the British. Here, on August 31, 1957, the UK flag was hauled down and the national flag of Malaysia was hoisted. Previously, it was a usual ground for cricket.
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Initially, when I was planning to go to Malaysia, I did not even know that my visit would coincide with the Malaysian Grand Prix of the Formula 1. Coincidentally, I was in Kuala Lumpur in this period, and there was a huge amount of tourists. The city transformed in anticipation of the race. Fans of teams live in the same hotel as the teams, there's a huge number of sport supercars everywhere. 5 "Ferrari" parked in a row near the hotel, or "Lamborghini Diablo" and "Maserati" standing in city traffic - this is a rare sight.
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I even managed to visit the Malaysian Grand Prix. I got tickets for 800 Ringgit (about 230 US dollars as of 2011). On the way there, and the track is located very close to the KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport), we decided to call in Putrajaya - the Malaysia's administrative capital.

The government of Malaysia sits here, but the main feature of this city is that it was built by architects from different parts of the world. Moreover, 70% of them were women. You even feel the women's thinking outside the box: city lighting masts curved in a strange way - you won't see this anywhere else in the world; unique location of modern buildings near the buildings constructed in the form of historical monuments. This is the City Court.
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Here are interesting city lighting masts.
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Planned as a model city, Putrajaya is an ultra-modern city, showing all the best achievements of urban design and architecture, fit in the eco-friendly beautiful landscape of lakes and parks. The new administrative center carries a twofold idea of ​​the city of gardens and of intelligence. 38% of its area is devoted to parks, lakes and scenic marshy lowlands. The visit to these natural areas turns out to be an interesting walk and gives you the opportunity to get acquainted with a variety of tropical flora and fauna of Malaysia. The city has several unique bridges, each of which creates a unique image.
This is Seri Saujana Bridge. Almost all the motorcades in the city move across this bridge.
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Putra Bridge is also among the most important ones in the city.
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Every tree in the city has a special name tag, all the trees are strictly counted and numbered.
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I spent only an hour and a half in the city on the way to the race. If I'll go to Malaysia again, I will spend at least a day in Putrajaya - this is a unique, very beautiful, interesting, modern "high-tech" city. Finally, the race of the Formula - 1.

There was a traffic jam at the entrance to the stadium. People were going to the show, waving the flags of their favorite teams.
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Stadium called "Sepang" is very close to the KLIA and tour buses are parked near the landing planes.
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There's a huge number of tourists from different places of the globe on the territory of the stadium. You can buy souvenirs: caps, jackets, sunglasses, fobs, there were even queues. People were buying everything, though it was pretty expensive. There was the atmosphere of the upcoming grand event in the air.
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Of course, when you watch the race on TV, you are more aware of what is happening. When you sit on the stand and see a small part of the route, of course, you can't see everything. However, TV hardly can give you the feeling you experience when race cars rush past you with a wild roar.

Race cars are getting ready to start. This is a very light car, it has a weight of only 550 kg, which is two times less than the weight of a small "Mini Cooper", while there's about 1 kilometer of cables and hundreds of sensors in the car. Car engine can operate continuously only for 2-2.5 hours after which it explodes.
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I don't recommend to watch the race without earplugs, because eardrums can simply not withstand the sound of the motors that operate at a frequency of up to 18 000 revolutions per minute. At first I also did not buy them (they are sold everywhere in the race), but 10 minutes were enough.
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2 hours of the race passed quite unnoticed for me, but impressions were really strong. After all, just imagine that the air temperature during the race was 30-33 degrees Celsius, and the temperature in the car reached 40 degrees. Each rider after the usual race loses 4 kilos of weight, and the car accelerates from 0 to 160 km/h in just 4 seconds. If there is an opportunity to visit the race, do not miss it. If I'll have the chance again, I'll definitely take advantage of it.
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Author: Mike Seryakov
Source: turbina.ru/authors/mikeseryakov/
Translated by: Olesya Zhukova

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