Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Mulu to have longest Canopy Walkway

MIRI: The Mulu National Park world heritage site in northern Sarawak will offer another big tourist attraction – a canopy walkway that is the longest in the world.

Assistant State Minister for Infrastructure Development and Communications Lee Kim Shin, who is also Sarawak Tourism Board director for the northern region, said this latest addition to the already numerous tourist spots in Mulu would take tourism arrivals to new heights.

He declined to reveal further details on the exact length and height or the location of the canopy walkway for now as the Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud is scheduled to unveil the new landmark next month.

He was speaking to reporters yesterday after briefing Malaysia Airlines representatives from Shanghai and a group of tour agency managers based in Shanghai who are here for a familiarisation tour of Sarawak.

It is learnt that the canopy walkway would be built in a long, winding pattern some 30m above the ground over one of the show caves opened to the public.

From there, a stunning aerial view of the treetops and the caves below can be seen.

“I hope our friends from China will publicise the attractions in Mulu and Miri when they go back to their home country,” Lee said.

Mulu already has the world’s largest cave chamber, the highest cave chamber, the third longest underground river network, and the cave with the world's largest bat population.

On a related matter, Lee said he hoped MAS would consider starting direct Shanghai to Miri flights soon.

Shanghai has some 13 million people, one million of whom go for overseas vacations annually, he said.

Courtesy: The Star

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