Around Kuching Town

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Bronze sculpture on Kuching waterfront - not sure if it's aimed at keeping swimmers out of the river!

Spent today just wandering around the streets of Kuching.  Our hotel is only about a 10 minute walk from the city centre, and mostly flat so quite easy getting around.  Walked through the wet/dry food market at the top of Bazaar Street, on the river - lots of interesting aromas and sights!  The tourist information centre is within the Old Court House complex, restored old colonial buildings which now house various museums and shops.  Got all the brochures we wanted to decide on our itinerary for the next week and then walked over to the Sarawak Craft Council shop.  The shop is a showcase for local crafts and arts, and you can often see local artisans creating their wares, which are then for sale in the shop.

Cat sculpture on the waterfront promenade, Kuching being known as the City of Cats.
  Prices are probably a little more than on the street, but they are obviously genuines as opposed to factory made copies.  Next door to the shop is the Textile Musuem, which has three levels of interesting displays of traditional weaving and costumes - very interesting, as the different styles of the various local groups are explained and exhibited. 

We then walked down Carpenter Street and China Street, named on their earlier associations, of course!  A local couple have set up a small cooking school in  China Street, so we went there to see if Melissa could do one of the half day courses.  As they are very new, they needed two bookings to run a class, so Melissa is on a waiting list to see if anyone else turns up - hopefully they will, because it looks very interesting.

Riverfront Promenade, Kuching.

We had lunch on the top floor of a shopping centre near the Hilton Hotel, at the bottom of the river walk.  It's a food court with lovely air conditioning, and spotlessly clean, but the prices are really no different to on the street, with a wide range of food styles ot chose from.  Our meals were delicious so will probaby go back, even if just to sit in the cool air!  We then walked back all the way up Tunkul Abdul Rahman Street, looking in all the souvenir shops as we went.  We ended up buying a set of little wooden statues, so hopefully won't have any trouble with them when we go back into Australia.  An extremely delicious and refreshing iced drink was enjoyed in a local cafe, marking the end of a long and enjoyable day.

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Riverfront Promenade, Kuching.
Riverfront Promenade, Kuching.
photo by: aotw