Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels.
This week’s photo is of hanging umbrellas and lanterns in Kuala Lumpur.
With many people being of Chinese descent, Kuala Lumpur has a fairly large Chinatown, and Petaling Street is in the heart of it all.
Locally called the “Green Dragon”, Petaling Street is filled with vendor stalls and restaurants. It’s infamous for its pirated goods like bootleg DVDs, knock-off purses and fake designer clothes. Coming from Hong Kong, it’s almost identical to the Ladies’ Market, only with narrower alleyways and even more people.
Not all goods are counterfeit, so Petaling Street can actually be a great place to buy souvenirs, so long as you’re good at haggling. You’ll also notice that many locals enjoy this atmosphere, as opposed to in HK, where you’ll find only tourists at the Ladies’ Market.
Pushing our way through the stalls, we finally came to a larger opening set at the halfway point of the street. Above head were brightly colored lanterns and umbrellas swaying in the breeze. Hung high for Chinese New Year, I found myself really enjoying these lanterns as they made everything even more festive!