The story started a hundred years ago, when a Chinese immigrant
Chan Wing came to Malaysia and discovered tin ore in a site abandoned by
Europeans earlier. This became the largest tin mine in the world.
Mining in the area left a gaping hole 2 kilometres long and a kilometre wide,
and 200 meters deep. Gradually rain water began to fill the crevice and thus was
the humble beginning of the two great lakes you can see today.
In 1988 a man with a vision, Tan Sri Lee Kim Yew built Mines
Resort City (MRC), with the seven wonders of Malaysia you see today linked by
boat cruise for all people to enjoy the beauty of water on the lake with luxury
There are two main lakes in the
Mines Resort City and this posed a slight problem to the engineers linking
the whole lake together through the water transport system. Both lakes were
at different height levels. To be precise: 7 meters. Thus was developed the
unique water lock. The North lake is 7 meters lower than the South Lake.
The water taxi's are departing in the middle of the
shopping centre. A ticket for the cruise can be bought at the counter.
The taxi's depart daily from the grand canal. Specially a boat trip in the
North Lake is special.
You'll pass the Mines Wonderland, the Golf Course,
the Palace of the Golden Horses (hotel).
Dr. Mahathir (ex-prime minister) owns a house at this lake.
Both lakes are connected via a 1054 meter canal. The
entire system took 1½ years to build at a cost of RM15 million.
It takes 7 minutes to discharge or refill water and the volume of water in
the lock is 61600 gallons.
At the right you see lock 1 and lock 2.
Both gates are blue. The lock at the right has been opened for the
boat. The one on the left is discharging water: a boat must be
The lock gates work on a hydraulic system. There
are 3 types of safety feature: Manual lock, Mechanical lock and
Hydraulic Emergency system.
system was designed by the Design Institute of Water and Conservancy
& Hydropower of Inner Mongolia Peoples Republic of China.
built around a former mining-pool,
is a recreation park that is fast becoming one of Kuala Lumpur's most
popular family weekend stops.
Wonderland offers water sports,
amusement rides, a winter-house with snow as well as restaurants and
various other facilities.
Mines Golf Club. A venue for World Cup Golf.
The 18-hole world-class golf course was designed by world renowned
Robert Trent Jones Jr.
A club so prestigious it has been selected to
host the World Cup Golf 1999.
It was the first ever international
golf event to be held in Malaysia.
The Mines Resort & Golf Club only opens its doors to a selected few.
Membership is by invitation only - to people who expect the best of
what the world has to offer, from service and clubhouse facilities
to the golf course.
|The Palace of Golden Horses
Palace of the
Golden Horses is situated on the shores of a magnificent
150-acre lake in The MINES Resort City. Just minutes from
Kuala Lumpur city centre, this luxury hotel with 480 rooms and
suites offers a harmonious blend of Moorish architecture and
Malaysian culture. It is the ideal setting for experiencing
the wonderfully rich and diverse heritage of Malaysia.
Strategically located in The
Mines Resort City, the hotel is 20 minutes drive from Kuala Lumpur city centre.
It is 35 minutes from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).