Kota Kinabalu, affectionately know as KK in Malaysia, is a fascinating and richly “blessed” city. It is situated on the shores of the South China Sea and flanked by lush tropical islands and clear blue waters on one side, and mount Kinabalu on the other. The city is graced by some of the finest sunsets in the world.
Originally named Jesselton, the city was flattened during World War II, and has risen from the ashes to become a thriving and vibrantly colourful city. Much of the city is relatively new, but legacies of its Chinese trading history and colonial past can be found dotted all around town, along with water villages and an ever-expanding array of commercial and residential developments.