|Its nickname is "Cat City" so there are numerous cat sculptures about. R was a fan.|
|Former residence of the Brookes, today the governor's residence (and not open to the public)|
|Shophouses, traditional architecture in British SE Asia (Singapore had them too, at least until most of them were torn down in urban renewal projects)|
|Old colonial building where we ate lunch|
|The legislative building dominates the skyline: Kuching is not a high rise kind of place|
|Inside of our sampan|
|The outside (not ours): the only other high rise in town currently is the hotel where we stayed, on the right|
|I loved the brightly painted boats|
|Houses on stilts, so practical|
Kuching is a heavily Chinese city, rather to my surprise (the population is at least half ethnically Chinese). Most of the urban Chinese originate from Fujian (as do the Chinese in Taiwan), so the temples looked rather familiar to me, in a pleasing way.
|Red is the lucky color so it predominates|
|Typical Fujianese style roof (dragons chasing the pearl of immortality)|
|Chinese opera stage and snacking area, though the opera wasn't currently on. Note the very short shorts: Malaysia is Muslim, but the Chinese have their own style of dressing|
There's a very well done museum (the Chinese History Museum) about the different groups of overseas Chinese represented in Borneo and Kuching in particular. While they came from only a few provinces in China, those provinces happened to have a huge variety of ethnicities and language groups. I highly recommend a visit.
|Two of the major ones: Hakka and Cantonese (this group dominates Hong Kong, for example)|