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ACROSS THE EQUATOR.

[Frontispiece: TEMPLE, PARAMBANAN.]

ACROSS THE EQUATOR.

A HOLIDAY TRIP IN JAVA.

BY

THOS. H. REID.

KELLY & WALSH, LIMITED, SINGAPORE SHANGHAI HONGKONG YOKOHAMA. 1908. [all rights reserved.]

PREFACE.

It was at the end of the month of September, 1907, that the writer visited Java with the object of spending a brief vacation there.

The outcome was a series of articles in the "Straits Times," and after they appeared so many applications were made for reprints that we were encouraged to issue the articles in handy form for the information of those who intend to visit the neighbouring Dutch Colony. There was no pretension to write an exhaustive guide book to the Island, but the original articles were revised and amplified, and the chapters have been arranged to enable the visitor to follow a given route through the Island, from west to east, within the compass of a fortnight or three weeks.

For liberty to reproduce some of the larger pictures, we are indebted to Mr. George P. Lewis (of O. Kurkdjian), Sourabaya, whose photographs of Tosari and the volcanic region of Eastern Java form one of the finest and most artistic collections we have seen of landscape work.

SINGAPORE, July, 1908 .

CONTENTS.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF BATAVIA 1

THE BRITISH IN JAVA 15

BOTANIST'S PARADISE AT BUITENZORG 23

ON THE ROAD TO SINDANGLAYA 33

SINDANGLAYA AND BEYOND 42

HINDU RUINS IN CENTRAL JAVA 49

THE TEMPLES OF PARAMBANAN 58

PEOPLE AND INDUSTRIES OF CENTRAL JAVA 65

THE HEALTH RESORT OF EAST JAVA 73

SUNRISE AT THE PENANDJAAN PASS 77

HOTELS AND TRAVELLING FACILITIES 87

First Impressions of Batavia.

When consideration is given to the fact that Java is only two days' steaming from Singapore, that it is more beautiful in some respects than Japan, that it contains marvellous archaeological remains over 1,100 years old, and that its hill resorts form ideal resting places for the jaded European, it is strange that few of the British residents throughout the Far East, or travellers East and West, have visited the Dutch Colony.

The average Britisher, weaving the web of empire, passes like a shuttle in the loom from London to Yokohama, from Hongkong to Marseilles. He thinks imperially in that he thinks no other nation has Colonies worth seeing. British port succeeds British port on the hackneyed line of travel, and he may be excused if he forgets that these convenient calling places, these links of Empire, can have possible rivals under foreign flags.

There is no excuse for the prevailing ignorance of the Netherland Indies. We do not wish it to be inferred that we imagine we have discovered Java, as Dickens is said to have discovered Italy, but we believe we are justified in saying that few have realised the possibilities of Java as a health resort and the attractions it has to offer for a holiday.

Miss Marianne North, celebrated as painter and authoress and the rival of Miss Mary Kingsley and Mrs. Bishop (Isabella Bird) as a traveller in unfrequented quarters of the globe, has described the island as one magnificent garden, surpassing Brazil, Jamaica and other countries visited by her, and possessing the grandest of volcanoes; and other famous travellers have written in terms of the highest praise of its natural beauties.

Its accessibility is one of its recommendations to the holiday maker. The voyage across the Equator from Singapore is a smooth one, for the most part through narrow straits and seldom out of sight of islands clad with verdure down to the water's edge.

Excellent accommodation is provided by the Rival Dutch Mail steamers running between Europe and Java and the Royal Packet Company's local steamers, and the Government of the Netherland Indies co operates with a recently formed Association for the encouragement of tourist traffic on the lines of the Welcome Society in Japan... Continue reading book >>




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