Birdlife in the city
A colony of herons (in Indonesian called bangau) has chosen a few tamarind trees (pohon asam) along Jalan Setiabudi for their home. Every once in a while one of them takes off and flies slowly above the traffic below.
These birds find their food in wetlands and paddy fields. But evidently they feel safe spending their resting time in the city.
Directions: Jalan Setiabudi is the main throughfare south out of town. The trees with the birds are in Banyumanik district, about 300 m north of the Y junction with the Toll Road.
SEMARANG the capital of CENTRAL JAVA Province
"SEMARANG, an old Town established in 1547"
SEMARANG was originated from two words ASEM which means Tamarind and ARANG as java lingo means RARE, in short SEMARANG when it is founded by the Prince MADE PANDAN from Demak Kingdom was an area where Tamarind tree rarely grows.
The Prince came with his lovely son RADEN (Prince) PANDAN ARANG and built a new village which slowly grow and became a large town SEMARANG which authorized by Pangeran Pandaran ancestor " Pangeran Pandanaran II" which inaugurated as the head of Regent in May 2, 1547 since thence was decided as the date of Semarang Anniversary.
"UPPER TOWN and LOWER TOWN"
SEMARANG has long been developed as the core city in Central Java, it is also a busy trade city since the Dutch colony with furnished by an old Harbor Tanjung Mas at the North side as one of a big Seaport in Nusantara.
Nowadays Semarang grows become one of big city in Indonesia and as the Capital City of Central Java, topographicly the town was divided into two side: An Upper Town and a Lower Town.
The upper town is located in the southern parts and the Lower town is located in Northern Parts which represent its beautiful Panorama of Semarang City with the population about 1.4 millions peoples.
"Old Town and Ancient Building"
An easy acces to Semarang was supporting by the existence of Tanjung Mas (Gold Cape) Seaport, The railway station which was Built by the Dutch since centuries ago and Ahmad Yani Airport where so many airlines (local lines) come and go in the daily basis. The land transportation was also one of crowded traffic in Java island.
A Tour and Travel to Semarang was offer so many interesting places, some worth a visit were: Tugu Semarang as one of its landmark, Lawang Sewu Building ( a building with thousand doors), Simpang Lima Semarang, Semarang Old Town with many ancient architecture Building like Immanuel Church or wellknown as Gereja Blenduk, Old building of Tawang Train Station, Marba Building, Post Office and many others
The city of Semarang, the capital of Central Java province is located on the north coast of Java Sea. The Northern part of the city is lying across on the plain coast and the Southern part is on the hilly side from Candi Baru area upward to the town of Ungaran.
Semarang is a busy administrative and Trading city, most of the offices, business centers, industrial estates are concentrated in the low land, where as in the hilly side, there are many houses with the beautiful gardens with a superb view to the town and the sea. The old records of this city date back to the 15th to the 18th century AD in where captivating ancient and colonial monuments still standing to present date.
In size and inhabitants, Semarang falls under the five major cities in the nation. It is situated on Java's normally flat northern coast and appropriately called the capital of Central Java as it lies just about halfway between the two extreme east and west coasts of the island. Indeed, few cities in the country have got hills and mountains so clearly visible from their seaports. In fact, mostly residential, Candi is a hill within Semarang's perimeter from where breathtaking panoramas on all directions can be witnessed: the port, the lowlands and green paddy fields, the city itself and the numerous mountains. The proximity of all this beauty promises adventurous car trips out of Semarang offering you memorable experiences and to be back in the city before dark.
There is an older part of the city, close to its ocean harbor, where you can still find an interesting collection of odd-looking buildings dating back to the Dutch colonial era and further back still, to the time of the Dutch East Indies Company. And finally the city's zoo, may also be worth while visiting.
More up to date, the city offers evening performances of Wayang drama played by live actors, actresses and dancers at Ngesti Pandowo Theater. For sport fans there are tennis courts in all major hotels and 2 golf courses located in the town's suburbs. For short trips out of Semarang within a radius of about 60 km, the following places are recommended :
1. Jepara, northeast of Semarang, is a town with white sandy beaches around it, and is also famous for its wood carving industry. Most artists of this sophisticated art come from around this area. It is also the birthplace of Indonesia's heroine of the national women's liberation movement.
An ancient Portuguese Fort can be found to the east of Jepara. Along the road from Semarang to this town are many sights and curiosities worthy of seeing.
2. Kudus, about halfway between Jepara and Semarang, could be taken in on the same trip, as well as Demak. So, Kudus and Demak are two towns having the same directions as to Jepara, and both have historical significance. Kudus has the Minaret Mosque which was built in the 15th century, whereas Demak has the oldest mosque in Central Java, both of them very interesting structures from the architectural point of view.
Other places of interest are either south, southwest or west of Semarang which are usually not visited on one round-trip out of Semarang. It is recommended that you leave the capital on a tour to another city, say, Solo, and see the beautiful things along the way. But even then, you may not be able to see them all in one single day.
It is advisable that you study a detailed map of Central Java to pinpoint the places you want to visit, which very much depend on your personal taste, interest and time.
"Old Town - China Town"
Here we can see many old buidings, that show , Semarang is a beautiful city under the Dutch colonialism, that's why it called Oude Staad or little Holland. The road in China Town build by paving block, so we can around this area with becak...:) Wanna Try??
"Sam Po Kong Temple"
The Stone Building Sam Po Kong is the place where Cheng Ho, the admiral from China first step in Indonesia. This is the biggest Temple in Indonesia.
Old house of the Semarang local people in Old Town...
You can see all this old building on the left and right side...:) when we enter in, it's feel like we are in the past life... great view and good people....
Cigarrete factory in old town....
This is artificial lake and dam infront of the domed church, Blenduk.
domed church, Blenduk. Beautiful and standing still....