Kota Kinabalu lies on a narrow flatland between the Crocker Range to the east and the South China Sea to the west. There are six islands off the coast of the city. The largest is Pulau Gaya, the site of the first British settlement. Approximately 8,000 people live there.The smaller islands, mainly uninhabited, are named Pulau Sapi, Pulau Manukan, Pulau Sulug, Pulau Mamutik and Pulau Sepanggar to the north. Sepanggar island is located north of the National Park opposite Sepanggar Bay. Several hills within the city (too steep for building) are still clothed with tropical rainforest. One of these is Signal Hill, which confines the Central Business District (CBD) to the shore. In the area of Likas Bay the remnants of an extensive mangrove forest. In 1996, a perceptive state government stepped in and declared 24 acres (97,000 m2) of the forest as a protected area. This forest is now known as the Kota Kinabalu City Bird Sanctuary. The sanctuary was given additional protection as a State Cultural Heritage Site in 1998.

Moro dwellings off the coast of Pulau Gaya. The five islands (of Gaya, Sapi, Manukan, Sulug, Mamutik) opposite the city, and their surrounding waters, are also preserved as the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park. The park was named in honour the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman. This is a popular recreational spot for tourists and local people. The Kota Kinabalu city centre, mostly business and government, includes Karamunsing, the port area (Tanjung Lipat), Signal Hill, Kampung Air, Sinsuran, Segama, Asia City, Gaya Street (Old Town), Bandaran Berjaya, Api-Api, Sutera Harbour and Sembulan. Outlying neighbourhoods and residential suburbs include Kepayan Ridge, Tanjung Aru, Petagas, Kepayan, Lido, Lintas, Nosoob, Bukit Padang, Luyang, Damai, Likas and Kolombong. The city is growing steadily and the urban sprawl extends to the towns of InanamMenggatalSepanggarTelipok and south of the district border to DonggongonPutatan, and Lok Kawi.

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Thus, come to Kota Kinabalu, a city that has many spots of attractions, recreation, leisure, conservation areas, spots for sightseeing, shopping, sports and also entertainemnts. So, check out those interesting places from my website at buttons: Adventures, SPA & Leisure, Tradition & Culture and tour packages for your perusal. Come and experience Sabah now!

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