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Indonesia Land: April 2008

Indonesia Land

April 23, 2008

Ampera Bridge

The bridge that spread above Musi River is becomes the main characteristic of Palembang city. It was built on 1962 - 1965. Ampera Bridge has 78m high of tower. However, the special feature of this bridge that it can be opened and closed, the mechanism is no longer working, whereas is fact, it is the only bridge in Indonesia with the open-and-closed mechanism. Now it is only history. The bridge has to be lifted up of the middle shares each time there every king sized ship, with height above nine meters, will pass by quickly. Both for going to downstream and also which going to the upstream.

Started in 1970, the Legendaries Bridge does not make a move to fluctuate again. The moving bridge build, besides to connected Ulu and Ilir that separated by Musi River, also to anticipate if there is big ship, which sail in the river. Each time, when the bridge body make a move to go up or go down always interesting to look up, and caught up to king sized ships pass under the bridge, make amazing moment for the citizen who have see it from the river boundary, or from other ship. The construction build started in April 1962, after getting approval of President of Soekarno. An expense of its development is taken away from fund of Japan.

In initially, bridge as long as 1.177 meters widely this 22 meters, named 'Bung Karno's Bridge'. A historian of Djohan Hanafiah, the name mentioned as appreciation to The President of Republic Indonesia. Bung Karno had fight seriously for desire of Palembang citizen, to have a bridge above Musi River. 1965 is an opening usage of bridge ceremony, at the same time, Bung Karno name as a name of the bridge. However, after turbulence of politics happened in 1966, when there was a movement of anti-Soekarno very strong, name of that bridge even also turned into Ampera Bridge. At this time, the name of Ampera Bridge had not changed yet. There are some citizens in Palembang wish its name return to Bung Karno's Bridge. According to Djohan, the commutation request of name of Ampera Bridge become Bung Karno as a streamlining effort of middle story.

The parts of Ampera Bridge, when it has been woke up, as long as 71,90 meters, widely 22 meters. Part of bridge heavy entirety 944 that ton can be lifted with speed about 10 meters per minute. Two jacking tower of the bridge upstanding as high as 63 meters. Apart between these two tower is 75 meters. This two Tower provided with two pendulum of about 500-ton weight. Then the bridge lifted up, wide ship of the size 60 meters and highly maximum 44,50 meters, can pass to ford of Musi River. And when middle shares of this bridge did not lifted, maximum high of ships, which can pass under the bridge only 9 meters of water level of river.

Since 1970, the bridge shall no longer fluctuate again. Time used to lift this bridge that is about 30 minute, assumed to bother traffic current between defecting Ulu and Ilir, two Town of Palembang area dissociated by Musi River. The river is only connecting by Ampera Bridge. But Arsyad anticipate, the reason of Ampera Bridge do not fluctuate again because of there is no big ship which can sail in Musi River. The river become worse superficiality that cannot navigate by king sized ship.

Ampera Bridge has been renovated in 1981, by finishing fund about Rp 850 million. Renovating conducted after emerging care of threat damage of the bridge can make it fall down. Today, expanding discourse about the important thing to development of Musi III Bridge and Musi IV Bridge as another way to connective Ulu and Ilir, at the same time the development meant to develop Ulu area.



April 07, 2008

Lovina and the North Coast

The city of Singaraja has a population of approximately 100,000 and was the capital of Bali during Dutch rule. Today there is a mix of Muslim kampung, Chinese shops, tree-lined avenues of colonial houses and neo-Balinese government offices. You will find a Chinese temple (klenteng) near the harbour, not far from Kajanan mosque. The Balinese elements of the city appear to be on the periphery while the traditional traders, the Bugis and the Chinese, occupy the centre.

Singaraja once a bustling centre of commerce and government, is now a quiet, orderly city and the once busy waterfront is well worth a look around.

Menjangan Island is an uninhibated island at the very northwestern tip of the island. Travel to the island is by boat and takes approximately 30 minutes from the town of Labuhan Lalang. The island has some of the best diving and the most beautiful coral reefs in Bali. There is nearly 7000 hectares of coral reef and coastal waters protected as part of the Bali Barat National Park including Menjangan Island.

Travelling past the Pulaki temple, on the west coast of Bali, you will find the newly developed beach resort of Pemuteran. Here you will find fair accommodation and white sand, albeit a little far from Bali's cultural centres. This is the ideal place to plan excursions to West Bali National Park, comprising the nature reserve of Menjangan Island and the uplands in the west.

Basic accommodation is available at Labuan Lalang as it is forbidden to spend the night on the island. There are also two luxury resorts which provide diving and snorkelling instruction, along with great facilities and delicious food.
Bali has such a mild and agreeable climate the whole year round. The sunny days within dry season between May and September are warm and pleasent, while the rainy season is between October and April, tropical showers will alternate with clear sky and sunshine. The average temperature of the day in coastal areas varies from about 28ºC (82ºF) during May, June, July to about 30ºC (86ºF) in March and October.

It is approximately one and half hours drive to the highland where temperature varies from 16ºC to 26ºC and it is known to drop about 8ºC during the night. The humidity is high (from a minimum of 70% to a maximum of 96%). The weather is most pleasent between May to September.



April 05, 2008

Seminyak Hotels Bali

Nestled on the west coast of Bali, Seminyak boasts of various picturesque beaches. Enjoying a beach vacation in Seminyak is really alluring. And if you are an adventure aficionado, a number of activities will embellish your experience in Seminyak. Get indulged in surfing, fishing, sailing, biking and many other activities during your trip to Seminyak.

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