Families spend long weekend exploring sights on island

2 Tourists cycling pass the mural at Ah Quee street, Penang on July 18, 2015 .Star pic by: Gary Chen/The Star/July 18, 2015.

BOTH locals and visitors from out of state took advantage of the long Hari Raya weekend break to visit tourist attractions in Penang.

They could be seen in a festive mood as they happily snapped pictures at the various tourist spots such as Penang Hill, Fort Cornwallis, Kek Lok Si Temple and the clan jetties at Weld Quay.

The various murals in George Town were also a magnet to the visitors, with many of them walking or cycling from one mural to anoth\er.

Student Celine Chan, 20, said she hoped to check out all the famous murals with her family members during her maiden trip here.

“We are spending only two days here but there are far too many interesting spots to visit. I hope we can visit all these places before we go back,” said the Kuala Lumpur student when met at Ah Quee Street in the city.

Spotted at the foot of Penang Hill was Goh Choon Keong and his daughter Qin Nee who were waiting for the funicular train ride up the hill.

The Penang Island city councillor said Qin Nee had wanted to visit the place for its breathtaking view of the island.

“I could never get a better time than this festive break. Now, I can spend some quality time with her,” he said.

Penangite Siti Salmee Suhana, who is working in Sabah now, said it felt great to be back celebrating Hari Raya in her hometown.

“I have not visited Penang Hill for years. It looks different. I plan to visit a few more places on the island before returning to Sabah,” she said.

Over at Chew Jetty, families braved the hot weather to enjoy the beautiful view while enjoying flavoured ice cream and local delights.

Fruit and ice cream seller Ng Yean Chyi said he was enjoying brisk business over the weekend as many local and foreign tourists thronged the jetty.

Homestay business operator Danny Tan, 30, who brought two Japanese tourists to visit the jetty, said: “They did not know we have such a beautiful place here.”

Penang Hoteliers Association and the Malaysian Budget Hotel Association Penang Chapter chairman Datuk Lim Mee Lee said the occupancy rate of hotels on the island was 90% over the long weekend.

“Penang is an ideal destination for those who want short vacations over weekends and during festive breaks,” he said.

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