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(China) Check Out These 7 Places in Malaysia That Look Like a Foreign Country

24 Jan 2022
7 Places in Malaysia That Look Like China

China-Malaysia Friendship Garden

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In 2014, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Malaysia, a Chinese style garden was built in Putrajaya. The exact location of the China-Malaysia Friendship Garden is in Anjung Floria, right next to the Seri Saujana Bridge.

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This scenic garden is inspired by the elements of Lingnan architecture and nearby provinces of China. Hence its resemblance to the Keyuan Garden and a few other gardens in Guangdong, China. At the entrance to this garden lies a pair of 200 years old Qilin (lion-like mythical creature) artefacts brought from China. It can be found on the left and right sides of the main doors. Slightly above and behind them are 2 wooden plaques inscribed with Chinese couplets, '知己存海內, 园林叙友谊' that describe the enduring quality of a strong 🤝🏻friendship.

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Image Credit: Royal Floria Putrajaya

This garden has many plants that are usually planted Chinese style gardens in China such as weeping willow, bonsai and many more. Not only that, but this garden also has a couple of Chinese architectural structures and walkways where you guys can do photoshoots and flex the gorgeous result on Instagram.



Pro-tip: Wear some traditional Chinese costumes like hanfu and boom! You are in ancient China!

  • Admission: Free
  • 6.30 am - 7.00 pm (opens daily)
  • 📍 Lebuh Sentosa, Presint 4, 62250 Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya

Looks and feels like 👇

Keyuan Garden, Guangdong

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China-Malaysia Friendship Garden

Image Credit: qfy165

In 2014, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Malaysia, a Chinese style garden was built in Putrajaya. The exact location of the China-Malaysia Friendship Garden is in Anjung Floria, right next to the Seri Saujana Bridge.

Image Credit: lowweihaur

This scenic garden is inspired by the elements of Lingnan architecture and nearby provinces of China. Hence its resemblance to the Keyuan Garden and a few other gardens in Guangdong, China. At the entrance to this garden lies a pair of 200 years old Qilin (lion-like mythical creature) artefacts brought from China. It can be found on the left and right sides of the main doors. Slightly above and behind them are 2 wooden plaques inscribed with Chinese couplets, '知己存海內, 园林叙友谊' that describe the enduring quality of a strong 🤝🏻friendship.

Image Credit: followustotravel.com
Image Credit: Royal Floria Putrajaya

This garden has many plants that are usually planted Chinese style gardens in China such as weeping willow, bonsai and many more. Not only that, but this garden also has a couple of Chinese architectural structures and walkways where you guys can do photoshoots and flex the gorgeous result on Instagram.



Pro-tip: Wear some traditional Chinese costumes like hanfu and boom! You are in ancient China!

  • Admission: Free
  • 6.30 am - 7.00 pm (opens daily)
  • 📍 Lebuh Sentosa, Presint 4, 62250 Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya

Looks and feels like 👇

Keyuan Garden, Guangdong

Image Credit: thedongguancity
Image Credit: justcallmeraph

Langkawi Skybridge

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This 125-metre long curved pedestrian cable-stayed bridge was built at the peak of Gunung Mat Chinchang in Langkawi, Kedah and was completed in 2015. People like to come over to the Langkawi Skybridge to catch a 360-degree view of the island. Instead of having the glass panels close to each other like China’s Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge, Langkawi Skybridge's glass panels are smaller and are installed sparsely throughout the bridge.

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The operation hours of the sky bridge depends on the weather. If the day rainy or too windy, the bridge will be closed to the public for safety purposes. Besides the bridge, you can also ride on cable cars to get a panoramic view of Gunung Mat Chinchang.

  • Admission: Tickets can be purchased at SkyBridge Ticketing Counter at Top Station.
  • RM6 (adults), RM4 (kids)
  • 📍 Jalan Telaga Tujuh, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah

Looks and feels like 👇

Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge, Hunan

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Image Credit: yifeis

Langkawi Skybridge

Image Credit: theislanddrum
Image Credit: estersaw

This 125-metre long curved pedestrian cable-stayed bridge was built at the peak of Gunung Mat Chinchang in Langkawi, Kedah and was completed in 2015. People like to come over to the Langkawi Skybridge to catch a 360-degree view of the island. Instead of having the glass panels close to each other like China’s Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge, Langkawi Skybridge's glass panels are smaller and are installed sparsely throughout the bridge.

Image Credit: agasmall

The operation hours of the sky bridge depends on the weather. If the day rainy or too windy, the bridge will be closed to the public for safety purposes. Besides the bridge, you can also ride on cable cars to get a panoramic view of Gunung Mat Chinchang.

  • Admission: Tickets can be purchased at SkyBridge Ticketing Counter at Top Station.
  • RM6 (adults), RM4 (kids)
  • 📍 Jalan Telaga Tujuh, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah

Looks and feels like 👇

Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge, Hunan

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Image Credit: yifeis

(Pagoda) Chin Swee Caves Temple

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This temple took a whopping 18 years to build, and here is the reason. In 1986, the late Lim Goh Tong decided to construct a temple and dedicate it to Master Qingshu, a Buddhist monk worshipped as a Deity in Fujian Province, China. However, the steep and rocky terrain made it very dangerous for heavy construction machines to be used for any foundation digging. So the late Lim Goh Tong resorted to manual labour and instructed his team to dig into the 80 to 100 ft in-depth holes. Finally, after 18 years, the Chin Swee Caves Temple was completed.

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The Chinese style pagoda built next to this Taoist temple can be easily spotted from far. If you observe the shape of this pagoda, you can see that it is built on an octagonal base. This nine-storey structure is also fitted with images of Buddha, intricate Chinese architecture and thousands of blessing lamps. To reach the top, you will have to climb 285 steps🥵. From the top, on a good day when it’s not covered by clouds, you get to see a beautiful panoramic view of Genting Highlands and the surrounding mountains of the Titiwangsa range.

  • Admission: Free
  • 9.00 am - 7.00 pm (opens daily)
  • 📍 Exit 68, Genting Sempah, Pahang, 28750 Bentong

Looks and feels like 👇

Ruiguang Tower, Jiangsu

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Image Credit: aramhakze

(Pagoda) Chin Swee Caves Temple

Image Credit: Em7
Image Credit: viewfinder_sk

This temple took a whopping 18 years to build, and here is the reason. In 1986, the late Lim Goh Tong decided to construct a temple and dedicate it to Master Qingshu, a Buddhist monk worshipped as a Deity in Fujian Province, China. However, the steep and rocky terrain made it very dangerous for heavy construction machines to be used for any foundation digging. So the late Lim Goh Tong resorted to manual labour and instructed his team to dig into the 80 to 100 ft in-depth holes. Finally, after 18 years, the Chin Swee Caves Temple was completed.

Image Credit: paanwxyz

The Chinese style pagoda built next to this Taoist temple can be easily spotted from far. If you observe the shape of this pagoda, you can see that it is built on an octagonal base. This nine-storey structure is also fitted with images of Buddha, intricate Chinese architecture and thousands of blessing lamps. To reach the top, you will have to climb 285 steps🥵. From the top, on a good day when it’s not covered by clouds, you get to see a beautiful panoramic view of Genting Highlands and the surrounding mountains of the Titiwangsa range.

  • Admission: Free
  • 9.00 am - 7.00 pm (opens daily)
  • 📍 Exit 68, Genting Sempah, Pahang, 28750 Bentong

Looks and feels like 👇

Ruiguang Tower, Jiangsu

Image Credit: aramhakze
Image Credit: aramhakze

(Guanyin Statue) Kek Lok Si

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The largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia, Kek Lok Si is also the home to a 30.2m tall bronze statue of Guanyin (Goddess of Mercy). The Kek Lok Si’s Guanyin statue is depicted in a poised demeanour, standing tall on a cliff with one hand holding a small and slim vase pointing downwards.

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It is also located on an island like the Nanhai Guanyin of Mount Putuo in China. This statue was actually inaugurated in 2002 to replace the white plaster Guanyin which got damaged in a fire. In 2009, a three-tiered roof pavilion with 16 bronze columns and a height of 60.9m that shelters the statue was completed.

  • Admission: Free
  • 8.30 am - 5.30 pm (opens daily)
  • 📍 1000L, Tingkat Lembah Ria 1, 11500 Air Hitam, Pulau Pinang

Looks and feels like 👇

Mount Putuo's Guanyin, Zhejiang

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Image Credit: China Discovery

(Guanyin Statue) Kek Lok Si

Image Credit: mingleeng

The largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia, Kek Lok Si is also the home to a 30.2m tall bronze statue of Guanyin (Goddess of Mercy). The Kek Lok Si’s Guanyin statue is depicted in a poised demeanour, standing tall on a cliff with one hand holding a small and slim vase pointing downwards.

Image Credit: Mmhgloba
Image Credit: cheelex.ting

It is also located on an island like the Nanhai Guanyin of Mount Putuo in China. This statue was actually inaugurated in 2002 to replace the white plaster Guanyin which got damaged in a fire. In 2009, a three-tiered roof pavilion with 16 bronze columns and a height of 60.9m that shelters the statue was completed.

  • Admission: Free
  • 8.30 am - 5.30 pm (opens daily)
  • 📍 1000L, Tingkat Lembah Ria 1, 11500 Air Hitam, Pulau Pinang

Looks and feels like 👇

Mount Putuo's Guanyin, Zhejiang

Image Credit: clairedibden
Image Credit: China Discovery

Melaka River

Image Credit: mingleeng
Image Credit: faizabdullah

Take a 45-minute river tour boat ride down the Melaka river with centuries old Peranakan houses and colonial buildings lining the river bank. This view will remind you of the tea houses that line the riverbank of Puhui river in China. The Melaka river cruise will take you to a route which passes under the Chan Boon Cheng Bridge that used to be concrete until some major renovations in 1963 which led to its current steel facade. According to the locals, Japanese soldiers during World War 2 used to place the severed heads of their victims at the foot of the bridge😱.

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Set aside the gruesome fact, this river cruise will give you the feel of that is roughly similar to that of the ancient water town of Qibao in Shanghai especially at night. Ticket for the Melaka Cruise can be booked here.

Admission:

  • Malaysian
    • Infant (Below 2 years old) - Free
    • Child (2 - 12 years old) & Adult OKU/Handicapped - RM15
    • Adult (12 years old and above) - RM25
    • Child OKU/Handicapped & Senior Citizen (70 years old and above) - RM10
    • IPTA / IPTS Student (in Malaysia only / with Student ID Card) - RM20
  • Non-Malaysian
    • Adult (12 years old and above) - RM30
    • Child(2 - 12 years old) - RM25
    • Chartered Boat (40 seater) - RM1000

9.00 am - 5.00 pm (opens daily)
📍 Jalan Persisiran Bunga Raya, 75100 Melaka

Looks and feels like 👇

Qibao Old Street, Shanghai

Image Credit: justwanderlustblog
Image Credit: Jing Wei/For China Daily

Melaka River

Image Credit: mingleeng
Image Credit: faizabdullah

Take a 45-minute river tour boat ride down the Melaka river with centuries old Peranakan houses and colonial buildings lining the river bank. This view will remind you of the tea houses that line the riverbank of Puhui river in China. The Melaka river cruise will take you to a route which passes under the Chan Boon Cheng Bridge that used to be concrete until some major renovations in 1963 which led to its current steel facade. According to the locals, Japanese soldiers during World War 2 used to place the severed heads of their victims at the foot of the bridge😱.

Image Credit: ahmadfaisal.ismail

Set aside the gruesome fact, this river cruise will give you the feel of that is roughly similar to that of the ancient water town of Qibao in Shanghai especially at night. Ticket for the Melaka Cruise can be booked here.

Admission:

  • Malaysian
    • Infant (Below 2 years old) - Free
    • Child (2 - 12 years old) & Adult OKU/Handicapped - RM15
    • Adult (12 years old and above) - RM25
    • Child OKU/Handicapped & Senior Citizen (70 years old and above) - RM10
    • IPTA / IPTS Student (in Malaysia only / with Student ID Card) - RM20
  • Non-Malaysian
    • Adult (12 years old and above) - RM30
    • Child(2 - 12 years old) - RM25
    • Chartered Boat (40 seater) - RM1000

9.00 am - 5.00 pm (opens daily)
📍 Jalan Persisiran Bunga Raya, 75100 Melaka

Looks and feels like 👇

Qibao Old Street, Shanghai

Image Credit: justwanderlustblog
Image Credit: Jing Wei/For China Daily

Tamarind Square

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New York KL~ concrete jungle where dreams are made of ~...Tamarind Square in Putrajaya is the epitome of a concrete jungle because they have concrete and trees😜. A hidden gem in the heart of Klang Valley, this insta-worthy place is surrounded by lots of concrete staircases and walls, and you might end up getting lost in the concrete maze. This place is similar to another hidden gem in Shanghai; the 1933 Old Millfun which was a slaughterhouse in the past😱.

Image Credit: khai_penang91

Another difference is, Tamarind Square is new and surrounded by greenery whereas the 1933 Old Millfun was well…built in 1933 and is a complex of 5 pale & dull looking concrete buildings. As for the function of both places, they are now mainly the hangout hub for youngsters; there are cafes, restaurants, small shops and offices in both buildings. People also like to come her to do 📸photoshoots for social media!

  • Admission: Free
  • 10.00 am - 10.00 pm (weekdays), 24 hours (weekends)
  • 📍 Tamarind Bldg Rd, Cyberjaya, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor

Looks and feels like 👇

1933 Old Millfun, Shanghai

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Tamarind Square

Image Credit: jzee.lee

New York KL~ concrete jungle where dreams are made of ~...Tamarind Square in Putrajaya is the epitome of a concrete jungle because they have concrete and trees😜. A hidden gem in the heart of Klang Valley, this insta-worthy place is surrounded by lots of concrete staircases and walls, and you might end up getting lost in the concrete maze. This place is similar to another hidden gem in Shanghai; the 1933 Old Millfun which was a slaughterhouse in the past😱.

Image Credit: khai_penang91

Another difference is, Tamarind Square is new and surrounded by greenery whereas the 1933 Old Millfun was well…built in 1933 and is a complex of 5 pale & dull looking concrete buildings. As for the function of both places, they are now mainly the hangout hub for youngsters; there are cafes, restaurants, small shops and offices in both buildings. People also like to come her to do 📸photoshoots for social media!

  • Admission: Free
  • 10.00 am - 10.00 pm (weekdays), 24 hours (weekends)
  • 📍 Tamarind Bldg Rd, Cyberjaya, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor

Looks and feels like 👇

1933 Old Millfun, Shanghai

Image Credit: exploringzhongguo
Image Credit: cindybaby_love

Thean hou Temple

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Image Credit: ivyholidays8699

Thean Hou Temple was built in 1981, and it is one of the largest temples in Southeast Asia. One of the most prominent features of this temple is the dragon sculpture that lies between the 2 flights of stairs. This feature will remind you of another similar one near the entrance of A-Ma Cultural Village’s Tin Hau Temple in Macau. Both temples are similarly located on the hilltop for Feng Shui purposes and dedicated to the Chinese (Hainanese) sea goddess, Mazu.

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This six-tiered temple also houses other deities, namely Shui Wei Sheng Niang and Guan Yin. The details of intricate traditional Chinese architecture for both temples can be seen on the ceilings, pillars, roofs, etc. You can head on to this website for a more detailed explanation of the architecture of the Thean Hou temple. 

  • Admission: Free
  • 8.00 am - 8.00 pm (opens daily)
  • 📍 65, Persiaran Endah, Taman Persiaran Desa, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Looks and feels like 👇

A-Ma Cultural Village, Macau

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Image Credit: pmachadoo

If you like this blog post, why not check out our other posts of the places in Malaysia that look like foreign countries.

Thean hou Temple

Image Credit: ivyholidays8699
Image Credit: ivyholidays8699

Thean Hou Temple was built in 1981, and it is one of the largest temples in Southeast Asia. One of the most prominent features of this temple is the dragon sculpture that lies between the 2 flights of stairs. This feature will remind you of another similar one near the entrance of A-Ma Cultural Village’s Tin Hau Temple in Macau. Both temples are similarly located on the hilltop for Feng Shui purposes and dedicated to the Chinese (Hainanese) sea goddess, Mazu.

Image Credit: suvarnaarora

This six-tiered temple also houses other deities, namely Shui Wei Sheng Niang and Guan Yin. The details of intricate traditional Chinese architecture for both temples can be seen on the ceilings, pillars, roofs, etc. You can head on to this website for a more detailed explanation of the architecture of the Thean Hou temple. 

  • Admission: Free
  • 8.00 am - 8.00 pm (opens daily)
  • 📍 65, Persiaran Endah, Taman Persiaran Desa, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Looks and feels like 👇

A-Ma Cultural Village, Macau

Image Credit: verawinter
Image Credit: pmachadoo

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