The British gave Sarawak independence in 1963 and together with North Borneo, Sabah and Singapore, helped form Malaysia on 16 September 1963. Kuching prides itself on being one of the most multi-racial cities in Malaysia. Other notable "dialect" groups among the Chinese include the Cantonese, Teochew, Hainanese and Heng Hua.The Malays, who are comprised of Kuching's original inhabitants as well as migrants from neighboring Indonesia, form only slightly less of the population than the Chinese, while Ibans form about 5% of the population.There are also original Indian migrants who have lived in Kuching for many decades.
Unlike other states in Malaysia, not all Islamic events are declared as a holiday other than; Hari Raya Aidilfitri (2 days), Hari Raya Aidiladha (1 day), Maulud Nabi (1 day) and Awal Muharram (1 day).
Avoid touring to the Santubong area during first day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri as heavy traffic occurs at Petra Jaya.
The locals were so friendly, and thousands of people were having picnics and enjoying the event.
There was plenty of food and drink for sale by the river and all sorts of people selling stuff. I would have rated it as a Excellent, but the only downside was the amount of litter floating in the river, much of it seemingly thrown in by locals.
Many of the locals refer to Kuching as the "Cat City" but it more likely comes from the Chinese word for port ("cochin") coupled with the Malay name mata kucing (cat's-eye) for the longan fruit, a popular trade item.
From verbal local history sources: "There was a small tributary of the Sarawak river called Sungei Kuching. However, the stream has since been filled in and built over." The people of Kuching take pride in being the cleanest city in Malaysia and their diverse cultures, so be prepared for a totally different experience from that of West Malaysia.
Suitable place for couples to have calm, chilly walk. Visited the esplanade on our first day in Kuching and by day it is very quiet, didn't think much of it (might have also been the public holiday contributing).
But went again this evening for dinner and it's beautiful at night and very lively!! Something like that :) I love this place as I get to see Kuching very closely.
This walk is free, so I'd go again - to admire the city and the river.
I also love that it's so near to everything other important landmarks in Kuching like the Main Bazaar, the Carpenter Street - this street is everything we need to know about city, how humble its beginning was and to how it is today.
The remainder are other indigenous races, most notably the Bidayuhs, Melanaus, Javanese and Orang Ulu settlers.