KL voted by CNN as 4th best shopping city in the world


Not long after gaining a very impressive standing as the second best shopping city in Asia (behind Hong Kong) at Global Shopper Index announced not long ago, my capital, Kuala Lumpur is making another breakthrough. Recently, KL is voted as 4th best shopping city in the world (not only in Asia) by CNN, the famous US news channel and network. And this time on this list, KL is ahead of Hong Kong, but still second best in Asia (Tokyo is leading). Well, KL at least beats off Bangkok, Manila and even Singapore (sorry) to get to the top of this ranking in South East Asia region.

Congratulation to my lovely city of KL! Eventhough I have to admit that KL is still far behind from becoming a truly developed city with high quality of living, but the city is now making a good progress to achieve that goal. With construction of the new MRT in and around the city (the on-going construction is contributing quite a mess to the city currently), recent completion and opening of air-conditioned pedestrian bridge connecting major places in Bukit Bintang and KLCC as well as the establishment of BBKLCC (Bukit Bintang Kuala Lumpur City Centre) as the premier shopping destination in the capital, KL is certainly doing great with visible development to attract more tourists and to gain further international fame and recognition. And this ranking the most recent proof to what KL had achieved so far.

 

(Image source: http://www.kosmo.com.my/kosmo/pix/2012/0910/Kosmo/Urban/ur_01.2.jpg)

It is no doubt that KL offers wonderful shopping experience to visitors. There is already over 10 shopping malls in BBKLCC region alone, and not mention some other famous malls not that far away too. The most distinguished malls would be Pavilion KL (very modern with beautiful decoration during festive season), Berjaya Times Square (huge mall with an indoor theme park), Suria KLCC (right below the iconic Petronas Twin Towers), Starhill Gallery (a very high class and distinctive mall from its outside to interior as well). Public transportation is good in that area with high number of tourists and locals too eventhough their service can be quite bad sometimes. Furthermore, the variety of delicious food offered here would treats well to the shoppers when they are hungry in the middle of shopping spree.

I realize there is quite a huge criticism over that list and some said its quite inaccurate. Well, different people offers different opinions. However, I believe that those people who made up the list from CNN must be in professional capability and had did out thorough observations in many categories to sort out the ranking. And I’m quite surprised also to see the list where KL gets such a high spot. Hmm…KL is really improving, and I do hope that the city would excels in other categories too. After writing for so much, I realized only now that I have not even list down that particular ranking provided by CNN. Here it is:

1 – New York, United States of America.

2 – Tokyo, Japan.

3 – London, United Kingdom.

4 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

5 – Paris, France.

6 – Hong Kong, China.

7 – Buenos Aires, Argentina.

8 – Vienna, Austria.

9 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

10 – Madrid, Spain.

Well, you can check out the analysis of how these cities are being selected in few categories with points allocated. Here is the source: http://travel.cnn.com/worlds-10-best-shopping-cities-193776. Well, you may give your comment over the list at here too. Hmm…KL can still improves on this ranking, and let’s see whether it can goes up to top 3 soon. I think more decorations (especially during festive seasons like Christmas and Chinese New Year) should be provided not only in malls but also along shopping streets and roads to enhance the atmosphere. Public facilities is of course a priority too. Some kind of public street art would be a great addition to ‘wow’ visitors too. KL has the potential to offer the most convenient and best shopping style and experience to locals and tourists around the world. BBKLCC rocks!

(Image source: http://www.bbklccmalaysia.com/uploadfiles/image/Others/About/about-bbklcc.jpg)

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