kota kinabalu Tourism
Initially Kota Kinabalu was known as Jesselton under the British colonial rule from 1800s until 1963. Kota Kinabalu is the state capital of Sabah, Malaysia and the capital of the Kota Kinabalu District and also the capital of the West Coast Division. In 15th century, Kota Kinabalu was ruled by Bruneian Empire. The city was a major trading port and was connected to the North Borneo Railway, and later the city was largely destroyed during the World War II resulting in only few historic sites around the city.
Kota Kinabalu is situated on the tropical island and is a coastal city surrounded by rainforest. Known for its bustling markets, modern boardwalk, beaches and Mosque, Kota Kinabalu is a beautiful nature resort city and a popular tourist destination. Kinabalu National park is a home to 4,095m high Mount Kinabalu and Tunku Abdul National park is home to beaches, coral reefs, tropical jungle, houses built on stilts. Kota Kinabalu is a growing resort destination due to its tropical islands, lush rain forests and Mount Kinabalu. The city is a major industrial and commercial center of East Malaysia. The industrial and commercial development in the city makes it one of the fastest growing cities in Malaysia.
The city experiences a tropical monsoon climate with high temperature and considerable amount of rain throughout the year.
Kota Kinabalu was granted city status in 2000.