Genting Highlands (About 1850m above sea level)
is a mountain peak within the Titiwangsa Mountains
on the border between the states of Pahang and Selangor of Malaysia
is home to a famous mountain resort by the same name
which can be reached by car from Kuala Lumpur in one hour.
It is also accessible by the world's fastest
and South East Asia's longest cable car called Genting Skyway (3.38km).
In 2006, the resort had 18.4 million visitors.
Genting Highlands was founded
by the late Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong in the late 1960s.
Currently, this resort is being lead by Lim Goh Tong's son,
Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay who is also the current president
and CEO of Star Cruises company.
It is sometimes informally known as the Las Vegas of Malaysia,
dubbed the "City of Entertainment"
as it is the only legal land-based casino in Malaysia,
run by Resorts World Bhd, a sub-company of Genting Group.
The resort, Genting Highlands Resort,
also features many hotels owned
by Genting subsidiaries including Awana Genting,
First World Hotel, Genting Hotel, Highlands Hotel,
Resort Hotel and Theme Park Hotel.
Facilities in this resort include two theme parks,
a Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Museum, a wind-turbine sky diving simulator,
golf courses and shopping malls.
In 2006, Guinness World Records listed the First World Hotel
as the world's largest hotel with a total of 6,118 rooms.
It was later surpassed by The Venetian Las Vegas
and MGM Grand Las Vegas,
which have 7,128 and 6,852 rooms respectively.
There is a computerised system outside First World Hotel
which can automatically calculate the number
of parking-bays left in four hotels;
First World Hotel, Genting Hotel, Highlands Hotel and Resort Hotel.
Genting Highlands is also home to a 100 million year old forest.
PHOTOGRAPHED BY KINZOH December 31st 2008
Thank you for the music Sung by Zhuang Xuezhong (Malaysian)