Chinese dancing, really dancing
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Melaka was once the bustling heart of Malaysia before Penang and even Singapore were established as urban centres. Nowadays its main draw is tourism. We set about exploring some of its sights, stopping first of all at Dutch Square, filled with tourists from different parts of Asia, all taking photos. Along with all the shops and stalls selling tourist tack, and the flower-laden music-playing rickshaws, it was like an Asian Blackpool. We went into a couple of the museums which were interesting and informative about Malaysia's history.
We spent some time this afternoon walking the streets of China Town which is a great area to explore. It is full of character, with authentic merchants' houses, shop houses, temples and elegant little cafes and restaurants lining the narrow streets.
The night markets were in full flow when we stepped out onto the street early evening. We stopped for a drink at a bar called 'The Geographer' whose tables and chairs spilled out onto the pavement and street. While we had something to eat the place gradually filled up with locals, Asian tourists and a scattering of westerners. It turned out to be one of the most entertaining nights of our travels. A singer -'Burns' - spent most of the evening singing a variety of rock and roll, country, pop and crooner classics. The locals really got into the spirit: line dancing, jiving, and one couple straight from strictly ballroom, even did the tango - all of this to wild appreciation from the audience.