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If you think you have the time and energy to try something fun, exciting and offbeat then the Kuching City Bicyle Tour is a must-try for you! First-timers and repeat visitors here will enjoy the flexibility that the tour offers.
A folding bicycle is a bicycle designed to fold into a compact form, facilitating transport and storage. When folded, the bikes can be more easily carried into buildings and workplaces or on public transportation (facilitating mixed-mode commuting and bicycle commuting), and more easily stored in compact living quarters or aboard a car, boat or plane.
THE BARE NECESSITIES
Prior to the tour, participants will be picked up from their respective hotels and grouped at our town office for a simple brief. The tour commences with a ride to Putih, Kuching's iconic white-coloured cat statue. Putih is located at the entrance to Padungan Road area, commonly referred to as Kuching's Chinatown. You cycle pass pre-WW2 buildings and shops that now house modern funky bars and pubs, specialised coffee houses, new motels and BNB's to the more strained and traditional Chinese restaurants and sedate medicinal houses, its quaintness all brightened up by whiffs from the few flower and fruit shops along the way.
Proceeding on pass the city's Golden Triangle where most of the major hotels are, we reach the Tua Pek Kong, the city's oldest Chinese temple. We then continue biking to the Sarawak Museum, reputedly one of South-East Asia's finest. After a brief stop there, we cross over to the other side via a pedestrian bridge to another museum. Retrospective moments are spent as one marvel at the salong - an actual and ancient hut-like burial structure of the Kelabit aristocracy, placed on top of an intricately carved totem pole.
It’s then a downhill ride to the old part of the city where one passes a picturesque view of the former State Mosque with its very characteristic gilded cupolas in the old Moroccan style. Just next to the mosque is the historic Brooke Dockyard, opened in the year 1912 by the last White Rajah. Across the dockyard is the former railway station that used to operate till the late 1930's, with its still-visible railway tracks that bespoke of a bygone era.
Cycling straight on, we come to the India Street Pedestrian Walk. Walk through or cycle, one can see that textiles are the mainstay of the trade around here. At the end of the walk one stops for a while to admire the rich colonial architecture surrounding the area--the Square Tower and the old Court House to name a few.
We then cycle our way through Carpenter Street and its back lanes. Many of the old addresses hark back to a nefarious era in the 1880's when Carpenter Street was a lower working class neighbourhood filled with opium dens, gambling joints, brothels and other clandestine activities much to the chagrin of the Bishop staying at the nearby St. Thomas Church compound. Tin-smiting activities, antique shops and much more await the curious. The end of Carpenter Street is where we take a breather to admire the richly adorned temple-the Hong San Si Temple, thought to be Kuching's finest Chinese temple.