is the capital of Malaysia. The first impression of the city is painful traffic jams and overwhelming heat, compensated by the wealth of architectural marvels in the city center: Neo-Moorish, Tudor, and local styles coexist perfectly with Islamic architecture. The city is in constant motion. Lovers of silence and solitude are better off somewhere on the periphery.
A blue-gray haze, behind which you can see the outline of the mountain slopes, is a faithful companion of the heat and humidity. Locals say that the sky is clear and blue only a couple of weeks a year:
Tropical rainforests offer a vast expanse for the flora. It seems you can throw a seed and a botanical garden will grow in a couple of months in its place. Look at the steep slope; there is a lot of hidden space under the plants, not even a rock can be seen.
Mannequins are obligatory features where there is roadwork. Moreover, it not only reflects the headlights of oncoming cars but also waves a flag upside-down:
Passing under the arch somehow reminded me of Chechnia. There are also passages with Islamic motifs:
At 6 p.m. the traffic jam was several miles long. The driver told us it was a typical scene in Kuala Lumpur after a workday:
Any driver’s sharp eyes will notice that Malaysian cars have no heater. You cannot turn the air conditioning to the "warm-cold" mode, you can only adjust the pressure of the airflow. This is normal for a country where the average annual temperature is about 80° F:
It rained but precipitations here are short and people do not like to get wet. Motorcyclists waited under this bridge until the rain stopped.
The city landscape suddenly came into view. You travel along mountain ridges and them bam . . . skyscrapers appear on the horizon:
Kuala Lumpur is home to the seventh highest tower in the world, with a height of 1381 feet (421-meters). A revolving restaurant, where guests can eat over an open view of the city, is situated 923 feet (283 meters) above ground:
The monorail is the best mode of transport for those who do not want to get stuck in a traffic jam. The monorail travels throughout the city:
Part of an old district with one and two-story houses looks like it is begging to be demolished so that another glorious skyscraper may take its place. By the way, the construction process is the same here as in many other cities; entire quarters are bought and new high-rises are erected in their place:
Is it just me or are these houses constructed against the rules of feng shui?
The building below looks similar to a school or university:
The roofs of the skyscrapers can be seen from the tower. As a rule, there is surface for air conditioning and communications, as well as a pool:
Our hotel was located in that high tower, each of which has more than 40 floors and a huge shopping mall. The mall occupies the first 14 floors, therefore, there is little attention paid to customers. We stood in line for 40 minutes at the reception. Our rooms were in the other tower that can only be reached by a passageway on the 15th floor. Breakfast, of course, was served in the other tower and it took us 11 minutes to get there! Despite the breakfast being varied, it was difficult to get some food because there were so many people there that morning.
There was one night when the WiFi stopped working in my room. I called the reception at 9 p.m. and they told me I had to wait for an IT specialist. I ended up calling them back 3 more times to remind them about the issue. Finally, at 1 a.m., the IT specialist called but I was already asleep so I canceled his services. That morning, I called reception again and asked to speak to the manager; they didn't even call me back. I learned quickly that, if I ever go back to Kuala Lumpur, I will not stay at the same hotel again.
This is the Royal Palace. The oldest monarch in the world, Almu'tasimu Billahi Muhibbuddin Tuanku Alhaj Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah now reigns. He loves golf and jazz:
Negara is The National Mosque of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur:
The mosque is very large and was impossible to photograph from a low angle. We were not allowed in given that there was a service going on, and non-Muslims were not allowed in:
There is an area lined with Islamic-style octagons in front of the mosque:
The fountains also had an octagonal shape. The Malaysian Railway Office and old railway station can be seen in the background:
The main carrier in mainland Malaysia is a state company called "Malay Railways":
There is an old train station next to it, which was transformed into a metro station:
Independence Square (Merdeka square) is not at all like a typical square. Before Malaysia became gained its independence, the British colonists played golf here:
This flagstaff is one of the tallest in the world, with Azerbaijan being even higher:
Despite the abundance of Islamic influence, neighboring streets appear rather humorous. Here is a funny hotel that looks like a doll house:
This is Chinatown. The only place where I saw a road without any traffic jams:
Below is a pedestrian street in Chinatown. There are two levels of canopies that hand over the market stalls:
The range of goods sold was typical for the area:
The only salvation from the infernal heat was coconut water. It cost a penny and was very refreshing:
Huge and vast shopping malls are a distinctive feature of Kuala Lumpur. Some of them reach as far as 14 floors! During the weekend it is extremely busy; to get to the elevator one has to wait about 10 minutes. Another unpleasant phenomenon that I noticed is that there are little to no individual restaurants in the city, by which I mean restaurants with their own entrances by the street. Almost all restaurants are located inside the malls, in a pile, and virtually inaccessible during peak hours.
And finally, the "Twin Towers":
By the way, in the documentary series "Life After People", the towers were mentioned twice: in 75 years (the gallery between skyscrapers collapses down) and in 500 years (one tower collapses and hits the other):