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Kuching is the capital of Sarawak, a state in East Malaysia on Borneo. It is the most populous city in Sarawak and the fourth largest city in Malaysia. Kuching means 'cat' in Malay.

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best time to visit: March - October
rainy season: November - February
annual rainfall: 4100 mm
average humidity: 85 %
average elevation: 5 m

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Wikipedia - Kuching

Kuching CBD skyline with Mount Santubong
Kuching CBD skyline with Mount Santubong in the background

Kuching, officially the City of Kuching, is the capital of the East Malaysian state of Sarawak. Being the most populous city in Sarawak, Kuching emerged as one of the most vibrant cities in the region, and it is the largest city on the island of Borneo, and the fourth largest city in Malaysia.
Kuching is one of the two subsets of the Kuching Proper subdistrict, the other subset being part of the Padawan municipality. Kuching Proper is one of the three subdistricts in the Kuching District, which is one of the three districts in the Kuching Division.
Kuching is the third capital of Sarawak, founded by the representative of the Sultan of Brunei, Pengiran Indera Mahkota in 1827. Prior to the founding of Kuching, the two past capitals of Sarawak were Santubong, founded by Sultan Pengiran Tengah in 1599, and Lidah Tanah, founded by Datu Patinggi Ali in the early 1820s.

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Wikitravel - Kuching

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Once the capital of the White Rajahs of Sarawak, now with a population of some 600,000, Kuching is small enough to walk around but interesting enough to keep you there for several days, and a good base for exploring Sarawak. It's safe and relatively clean. The name of the city, Kuching, is thought to derive from the Malay word kucing, meaning cat. Many of the locals refer to Kuching as the "Cat City" but it more likely comes from the Chinese word for port ("cochin") coupled with the Malay name mata kucing (cat's-eye) for the longan fruit, a popular trade item.

Kuching prides itself on being one of the most multi-racial city in Malaysia. The largest group are the Chinese, who form about 45% of the population. Among the Chinese, Hokkien speakers form the majority, while Hakka and Foochow speakers round out the top three. Other notable "dialect" groups among the Chinese include the Cantonese, Teochew, Hainanese and Heng Hua. The Malays, who are comprised of Kuching's original inhabitants as well as migrants from neighboring Indonesia, form just short of mere 13,000 of Chinese population, while Ibans form about 5% of the population. There are also original Indian migrants who live in Kuching for many decades ago. The Indians are divided evenly to Tamils, Sikhs and Punjabis. The remainder are other indigenous races, most notably the Bidayuhs, Melanaus, Javanese and Orang Ulu settlers. What makes Kuching city unique from other towns in Sarawak is, Kuching city population does not reflect the true demography of the whole Sarawak.

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