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Sabah : : The Majestic
Mt Kinabalu
   Kinabalu Park - World Heritage designated by UNESCO in December 2000 for its 'outstanding universal values' and role as one of the world's most important biological sites.
   The park covers a staggering area of 754 sq. km. (291 sq. mi.). Established as a state park in 1964, this botanical paradise is blessed with an astonishing variety of flora and fauna that ranges over 4 climate zones, from the rich lowland dipterocarp forest through the montane oak, rhododendron, and coniferous forests, to the alphine meadow plants. And stunted bushes of the summit zone.
   Few can resist the magical lure and irresistible challenge of scaling the peaks of the majestic Mount Kinabalu, one of the tallest mountains in South East Asia, towering 4095.2 m (13,435 ft.) above the lush tropical jungles of North Borneo, in the State of Sabah. With its granite massif dominating the surrounding landscape at the peak, often shrouded in mists and clouds, Mount Kinabalu has an awesome mystique all its own.
   Watching sunrise at the top has been described by travellers everywhere as life-enriching experience. The Park is a paradise for naturalist, botanists, bird watches, mountaineers and those simply admire nature.
   The slopes of Kinabalu are the home of the hill tribes of Kadazan Dusun who believe the mountain to be the resting place for spirits of their ancestors and therefore remains sacred to them. Earlier attempts to climb the mountain had been forbidden, as to do so would have disturbed these spirits and incurred their wrath.
   It was only in 1851 that Sir Hugh Low led an expedition up the mountain. A compromise with the locals was reached and a sacrifice to appease the spirits was made at the halfway point. This spot was named Panar Laban, a Dusun word meaning 'Place of Sacrifice'. The local guide sacrificed a white cockerel and seven eggs to appease the mountain spirits and is perform annually to this day.
   The name 'Kinabalu' is derived from the Kadazan Dusun words 'Aki Nabalu' - where 'Aki' literally means 'ancestor' and 'nabalu' is the word for 'mountain' - thus, the sacred resting place of the ancestral spirits.
   Legends of the Kadazan Dusun have told of the supreme deities creation of the world and Mt. Kinabalu. There are also follores of the mythical dragon guarding a treasure trove of pearls. These myths take on a more surreal presence when you are up in the mountain, in the silence and mist of the swirling clouds. Another legend, a young girl waiting on the mountain for her lover, a prince, was struck by lightning and turned into stone. The lines of white quartz in the granite slabs of the mountain are said to be her tears.
Photo by Mr TAN BL
Poring Hot Spring
   Poring Hot Springs, a natural health spa offers open-air Japanese-style steaming sulphur baths, which are skin-curative properties for skin disease and an excellent tonic for tired limbs. It is one of the best places to visit after a climb of Mt Kinabalu, or after a trip into the Sabah jungles. Between hot and cold baths, you can trek through the dipterocarp forests of Poring which are rich in fruit trees, kanas and rotan palms.
   The baths were originally built during the Japanese occupation and set in a lush green setting. It is called "Poring" because it is named after a species of bamboo abundant here.
 
Poring Canopy Walkway
   Stroll amidst the treetops of the Menggaris Tree which is 157.8 m. long and 41 m. high.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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