Sibu, 130 km from the South China Sea is the second largest town in Sarawak and is the main commercial centre on the Rejang Basin. It is the stating point for travellers who want to explore the river. Sibu was founded at the turn of the century by Foochow migrants from South China and is often referred as the “New Foochow”.
Here are pictures of the Sibu Passenger Terminal. I think it is the KL Central of Sibu or maybe the Puduraya. From here you can travel to the remote areas not accessible by road. When I came to Sibu a few years back, this terminal was under construction. I had an experience travelling on the express boat to Kapit, a 3 hours ride on the speed boat. It up river.
Visit Sibu again in June 2006. As usual on my official trip. Left KL on 12 Jun 2006 on Flight MH2712 scheduled to leave at 8.15 am. But there was some technical problem and the plane took off after an hour delay. Arrive Sibu at 11.00 am and got a message the message that my friend from Kota Kinabalu will arrive at 11.05 am. While waiting for the Immigration clearance, hear the Fokker 50 landed.
Stayed at Tanah Mas Hotel.
This time around found something new about Sibu. She has a mascot. The swan. Even the town logo has a design in the shape of a swan. I wondered whether there are swans and when asked one of the Sibuan, I was told it originated from “swan” in Foo Chow. The picture of the monument of two swan is at a padang behind Wisma Sanyan (the highest building in Sibu). There is also another monument of the Swan on the Sungai Rejang behind Kingwood Hotel. (Picture on the right).