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Bukittinggi, The Dream City

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Bukittinggi (Indonesian for “high hill”) is one of the larger cities in West Sumatra, Indonesia, with a population of over 91,000 people and an area of 25.24 km². It is situated in the Minangkabau highlands, 90 km by road from the West Sumatran capital city of Padang. It is located at 0°18′20″S 100°22′9″E / 0.30556°S 100.36917°E / -0.30556; 100.36917, near the volcanoes Mount Singgalang (inactive) and Mount Marapi (still active). At 930 m above sea level, the city has a cool climate with temperatures between 16.1°-24.9°C.

Bukittinggi is divided in 3 subdistricts (kecamatan), which are further divided into 5 villages (nagari) and 24 kelurahan. The subdistricts are: Guguk Panjang, Mandiangin Koto Selayan, and Aur Birugo Tigo Baleh.

Bukittinggi is connected to Padang by road, though a dysfunctional railway line also exists. For inner-city transport, Bukittinggi employs a public transportation system known as Mersi (Merapi Singgalang) and IKABE that connect locations within the city. The city also still preserves the traditional horse-cart widely known in the area as Bendi, although the use is limited and more popular to be used as vehicle for tourist, both domestic and foreign.

Bukittinggi has many tourisms spot and many unique side. The tourism spot with beautiful scenery and nice weather make many people want to explore the beauty of Bukittinggi or just to travel around. The tourism spot are:

Thousands Of People Lost In Japan Cave Construction
In the Sianok canyon there is a Lubang Japan, a place that could see clearly Sianok canyon. Under it we can look of the river but with a small stream. Previously impassable river boats and more interesting because visitors can down the canyon.

Japan Cave wheres thousand Romusha died in constructed.Japan Cave where’s thousand Romusha died in constructed. 

Above the entrance there is a place like the gazebo to enjoy the beautiful panorama, perhaps because it was called the park panorama.
On the right side entrance downstairs, there are Japan cave. Look a map showing the passages in the cave. It seems preserved cave with 128 steps and safety of cement around the hall and neon lights. While in some places deliberately made the original without cement. The hallways were indeed long enough and in the cold, not crowded, because it has some passage to the outside. You can request a guide accompany you to learn more about this cave. These caves were constructed during the Japanese came in, originally built to penetrate up to 1.5 km to Fort De Kock and the Clock Tower (Jam Gadang) but now it’s only 750m. Lots Romusha or the workers who were forced to make these holes, and no one knows how to die. According to the guide, the Romusha comes mostly from Java. In the hole there is a place to imprison Romusha who do not want to work or sick, there is also a hole at the Sianok canyon to dispose of the dead Romusha.

The Beautiful Canyon
Ngarai Sianok (Sianok canyon) is a steep valley (ravine) which is located in the heart of Bukittinggi, West Sumatra. The valley is long and winding canyons of southern Koto Gadang until the Ngarai Sianok Enam Suku, and ended up Palupuh. Sianok canyon has beautiful scenery and became one of the main tourist provinces.

Ngarai Sianok, the beautiful canyon.Ngarai Sianok, the beautiful canyon. 

This chasm which extends approximately 100 m along the 15 km with a width of approximately 200 m and is part of the fault that separates the island of Sumatra in half lengthwise (Patahan Semangko). The fault forms is a steep wall, even perpendicular and form a green valley – results from the skin down movement of the earth (Sinklinal) and Sianok River which flows through the water. In the Dutch colonial era, the gap is referred to as Kerbau Sanget, because of the large wild ox which lived freely in the bottom of the gorge. The river can be forded Sianok now using a canoe and kayak route is from the Lambah Village to Palupuh Sitingkai Village rod for about 3.5 hours. On the edges are still a lot of common plants and rare plants such as Rafflesia drugs. Fauna found such long-tailed monkeys, gibbons, hoop, deer, wild pigs, leopards, and tapir.

The Cool City of Bukittinggi
Bukittinggi is one of the cities in West Sumatra. The cool city can be reached 1.5 hour drive from Minangkabau International Airport with a fun trip that is supported by adequate transportation and scenery. Along the way met unspoiled nature and a waked beauty, watching Lembah Anai waterfall and exotic home of Minangkabau architecture, stunning scenery indeed.

Clock Tower, Jam Gadang, Minangkabau, architecture, Bukittinggi, Cool CityClock Tower or people said ‘Jam Gadang’, is the one architecture of Bukittinggi. 

Bukittinggi city has 58 accommodation facilities ranging from class Home Stay up to Star hotels, Coffe Shop and Restaurant, Travel and Transport Bureau traditional of Bendi easily found in the city, as well as other tourist facilities such as money changer, transportation, internet cafe, or Tourist information can all easily accessible. Uniquely, Bukittinggi is famous for its Land Mark Clock Tower (Jam Gadang) Tour is an object in the city, can be reached by walking up and down with a ladder Dutch heritage. You can visit the first Zoo in Indonesia, Fort de Kock, Ngarai Sianok, Lubang Jepang or you like to watch cultural performances held in this city every night with a duration of 100 minutes.

Source:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bukittinggi

http://aglolink.org/2010/01/discovering-the-hill-town-of-bukittinggi/

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