Sunday, September 21, 2014

Penang Hill: Holidaymakers head for Penang Hill

GEORGE TOWN: PENANG Hill has long held its own as a favourite destination for tourists on the island.

During the school holidays, thousands of visitors thronged the hill, one of the oldest colonial hill stations in the country.

At the foothill is the small town of Ayer Itam, which was jammed with vehicles from all over the country, as holidaymakers came to ride the funicular.

The atmosphere was carnival-like, with families having a good time. They made a beeline for the ticket counters, snapping pictures at every opportunity.

Up on the hill, the food court was packed and business operators were overwhelmed with orders.

Visitors also packed the souvenir shops looking for mementoes.

A Penang Hill Corporation spokesman said that the company’s employees were prepared to handle large crowds.

“We try to ensure that there is a train every 15 minutes so that visitors do not have to wait long.

““We organise activities on the hill such as performances and games to keep the visitors entertained,” she said, adding that there were twice as many visitors during the school holidays.

The spokesman said several events will be held on the hill on Monday to celebrate the recent Mid-Autumn Festival and Malaysia Day.

*Taken from NST Online

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