Five hours away from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is Penang. I was amazed by all the Indian, Chinese and Malaysian influences on this island located North West in Malaysia. Here are some of the photos I took in Penang.
My initial motivation to leave China for Chinese New Years was to get away from the bustling city of Beijing and relax in the tropical environment in Malaysia. But turns out that I was completely misguided and wrong. Beijing turned into a ghost town during this period as the majority of people who reside in Beijing went homebound to the other provinces in China. Instead I was stuck on a plane with Chinese people who decided to go out of the country during this period and our destination of Penang was full of Chinese Malaysians as they rushed into Penang, where most of the Chinese ancestral origin is in Malaysia. Malaysia sports a fascinating history of immigration, including its ethnic Chinese population, whose numbers are second only to that of the country’s ethnic native Malays. But it was interesting to see Chinese culture and its celebrations taking place in Malaysia. We were able to visit the Khoo Kongsi Temple in Penang. Here are some photos I took at the temple.