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MARANG: Huang Cai Vui, 72, craved for a different Chinese New
Year. A quiet one, away from all the clamour that followed celebrations
back in Sichuan, China, where she had spent most of her life.
her wish was granted for the first time, with a 45-minute cruise on Sungai
Marang where she spotted several monitor lizards scurrying away onto the
bank as well as a flock of egrets.
This was later followed by a
short walk to Kampung Jenang where she saw how the atap nipah was weaved,
and how a trained monkey plucked coconuts.
"I was always attracted
to nature, and I felt that while I was still healthy, I should
"I even got to see a monitor lizard without switching on
the television," she said, adding that she did not miss the usual
celebrations with firecrackers and lion dances.
travelled with her son and daughter-in-law, said she had enjoyed her stay
here and could not wait to tell her friends of her
Huang was one of hundreds of Chinese nationals who came
to Terengganu for the Chinese New Year celebrations.
managing director Alex Lee, who runs the cruise, said the demand for such
tours during this period had been increasing since last year, when it was
Last year, slightly over a hundred Chinese,
Taiwanese and Hong Kong nationals, went on the cruise.
this was because for most of them, Chinese New Year was when they would
have a long break.
"I was really surprised with the response. One
would think they would rather spend Chinese New Year at home as they are
very traditional," he said.
Another tourist, engineer Tang Jian
Hua, 44, who is visiting Malaysia for the first time, said times had
changed and people were not too fussy as to where they celebrated their
"I wanted to escape the weather in China, which is around
"Malaysia also has a lot of "natural" places of interest. In
China, such places are crowded during the festive season."
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