Chinese began settling in Kuala Lumpur during the mid-1800s. By the end of the 19th century, the population was predominately Han Chinese. Today, Chinese constitute about 43% of the city’s residents … almost equal to those of Malay ethnicity. The main Chinatown is Petaling Street or Jalan Petaling in Malay. This cultural experience should not be missed. It is your chance to sample authentic Chinese dishes served in restaurants and from food stalls plus rickety carts. The aromas are exotic and inviting. Also practice your haggling skills over a wide selection of imitation branded products. The racks and tabletops are filled with clothes, jewelry and handbags. The locals call the overhead canopy the Green Dragon.