Walking and sightseeing
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After breakfast at the hostel we headed off to explore some more of the sights of Kuala Lumpur. We got onto the monorail and a train up to see the old mosque. Upon entering the mosque we were promptly stopped by a very helpful and friendly man who insisted on us not only putting head scarfs on but also long robes so as not to have any part of our body showing. We proceeded to walk around the grounds. The mosque is a very impressive building which was designed by a British architect. We attempted to go into the mosque as we couldn't see anyone praying but a man quickly stopped us. Despite being covered from head to foot we were only allowed to be in the grounds of the mosque because we weren't Muslim, they are obviously stricter here than in other mosques.
This area was very impressive, along one side of the square is an old colonial club that is in a tudor, black and white style, along the next is the national library with distinctive Islamic architecture, also a huge flagpole, that is supposed to be the highest in the world (they seem to have a thing in Malaysia for tall things), along the other side is a huge islamic style building and in the centre is a cricket pitch with a very green lawn. It really is a very interesting place to look at.
From here we walked (a long way round) to China Town - definitely one of the busiest parts of the city and as with many Chinatowns around the world there is plenty to occupy your senses - strange smells, foods and sights, but all very interesting.