Saturday August 4, 2012
Chinese students get a glimpse of Kuala Selangor’s tourist spots
By STUART MICHAEL
MORE than 100 students from China on a summer holiday camp visited the historical town of Kuala Selangor recently.
The camp, organised by GIT Tours and Travel Sdn Bhd, had students exploring the natural environment while understanding the tropical forest of Malaysia.
It gave the students an opportunity to learn more about the historical values and eco-tourism in Malaysia.
Hui Jia Zhang, a student from Guangzhou, said that she liked the Rafflesia flower and the rainforest and found Malaysians are helpful.
“It is my first experience watching eagles feed and am very happy to have the opportunity to see them,” she said.
Another student Charles Zhou, from Middle School Guangzhou, were among three students chosen to represent their school on the trip.
“I like the rainforest, and Kuala Selangor is beautiful because of the surrounding forest, it is clean and the air is pure,” he said.
Grace Chen Yi Ya, an editor and writer from Kids Channel Guangzhou TV Station, finds Malaysians friendly, open-minded and attentive.
“Being here for the first time, the students were informed that the houses in Malaysia were cheaper than in Guangzhou,” said Chen, who likes the King of Fruits, the durian.
Goldpage Assets Sdn Bhd, a developer and owner of 323 acres of land in Kuala Selangor, sponsored a welcome dinner for the visitors from China.
To show their appreciation, the students performed a traditional dance.
Goldpage Assets owner Datuk Teh Hock Seong said the students saw Silverleaf monkeys, fireflies and birds, enjoyed a seafood dinner, and experienced the simple life of fishermen.
“They were able to see eagles up close as the magnificent birds flew close alongside them during a 10-minute tour to watch eagle feeding at Pasir Penambang,” he said.
He added that the town of Kuala Selangor was once the capital of Selangor.
“Today, the town gets many visitors on weekends who come to enjoy wildlife in the natural environment.
The company’s marketing executive director Ho Mi Mi said there would be new infrastructure and tourism spots soon in Kuala Selangor.
“The new development planned here will embrace and co-exist with the wildlife and nature,” she said.
“One example is the tour to watch eagle feeding at Pasir Penambang, which provides tourists comfortable rides to see the eagles.
“At a distance, the eagles emerge from the treetops soaring like kites and circle the boat before diving magnificently to catch morsels of food from the water surface with their talons.
“To further enhance the facilities in Kuala Selangor, a new and modern rest and recreation centre is expected to begin its operation at the end of this year.
“The centre will consists of more than 800 parking bays, three-star hotels, Chinese traditional medicine centres, souvenir shops, restaurants, boutiques and shops,” she added.
A Giant hypermarket is also being built while the jetty is expected to be ready for use by the end of this year.
Further developments include double-storey shoplots, a hospital and rehabilitation centre, water park, tourism centres as well as coastal malls, coastal villas, apartments, double-storey link houses and a recreation centre.