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Kuala Lumpur
Kuala LumpurAsia, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur
 Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia, is a modern city of almost two million people. It is a city of gleaming skyscrapers, but it has also plenty of colonial buildings in its centre, Chinatown or Little India. Kuala Lumpur was established in the late 1860s when a band of prospectors in search of tin landed at the meeting point of the Kelang and Gombak rivers. By the 1880s Kuala Lumpur became increasingly upmarket and residential. Also the central government was moved to Kuala Lumpur from Klang. In 1881 the entire town was destroyed by fire and a subsequent flood, but the devastation prompted a building boom and in 1896 the city became the capital of the newly formed Federated Malay States. Today is this city not only Malaysia's political and commercial capital, but also its most populous and prosperous city.

Lake Gardens is 92-hectare big area in the middle of the city. It is a great place for Sunday's stroll. There is plenty of things to keep your interest, including a butterfly park, planetarium, insect museum, bird park and orchid garden. You can wald, enjoy the sun or hire a boat on Tasik Perdana (Premier Lake).

Kuala Lumpur
 Butterfly Park
Very interesting is Taman Rama Rama (butterfly park) where under the clear sky, or green net to be more precise, a nice small garden with hundreds of butterfly waits for you to give you a very memorable experience. Not so far from there is the world's largest covered bird park. More than 160 bird species roam the sky (and ground) of the park. You can spend several hours walking among them, learning new things or enjoying the regular parrot shows. Another nice place to visit is a National Monument is a place next to Lake Gardens. It is sculptured in bronze and commemorates fighters for freedom.

The best view of the city is from Menara Kuala Lumpur (KL Tower) situated at the western edge of the Golden Triangle area. It is 421 metres high tower, the fourth tallest telecommunication tower in the world. It was completed in 1996 and was opened to the public in the same year. Menara Kuala Lumpur offers a spectacular view of the city's skyline from an observation deck at 276 metres above the ground level.

Kuala Lumpur
 Petronas Towers
This world's tallest building can be also found in Kuala Lumpur. Petronas Towers building is 88-storey 451.9 metres high and it is rising magnificently above the city. The building was completed in 1998 and joined the KL Tower as one of the symbols of Kuala Lumpur. There is a "skybridge" in 41st floor at 146 metres above the ground level. Its unique design is based on an eight-sided star that echoes the arabesque patterns of Islamic art. Islamic influence is also evident in each tower's five tiers representing the five pillars of Islam and in the masts that crown them, reminding the minarets of a mosque and the Star of Islam.

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