Long ago, a train which link PADANG and BUKIT TINGGI is a UniQue transportation means , but it was stop in operation in about twenty or thirty years back, i am not sure ( i will check it later on), the train is design for an uphill track with its COG WHEEL and RAIL WAY, you can see this railway if you travel from Bukit Tinggi to Padang vise versa. In the picture is the rail way nearby Lembah ANAI Waterfall
Interior of the traditional house or rumah adat. It's actually a single, huge common room with separate rooms or compartments at the back of the house. We were told that each of these smaller rooms was inhabited by one of the children of the original owners who occupied a room with their own families even after they were married. So the entire building may have housed, say, five or six families, I believe there were at least that many compartments ...
We visited this traditional house, called a rumah adat by the locals, during our Minangkabau tour. The building is said to be about four hundred years old and the family that owns it didn't move out until recently, when they moved to the newly built house next door!
There is a little zoo or bird park in the city. There also lies very important Benteng de Kock, Benteng Fort. It was a remain built by the dutch in Padri War. In the afternoon, you can meet some local here, doing exercise or sauntering. There are few animals here in this little zoo. The highlights are two giant elephants and one beautiful eagle.
Entrance fee is Rph2,000. Ths ticket is fancy; however, they will recycle it, if you like it, buy another one.
I like walking in places where I can make contact with the local and feel their tempo. Like what I did in Amman and Singapore, I saw how people do in their daily lives. I found Traditional Taiwanese market in 1980's in pasar here, how people barginning, trading fish and setting up a stall really fascinated me and drawed my memory of childhood. But always be aware of you pocket, 99.999% of the people here are very nice, wheras the little notorious minority can ruin all the fondnees.
On your way from Padang to Bikittinggi, you will pass a city named Padangpanjang. There is one famous Art school, which included dancing, craft, spectacle etc. We headed there for Minang Dancing; however, unlucky as we were, they had final exam on the date when we visited. According to my historical knowledge, Minang people are descendents of Chinese, so there should lie some similarity between these two cultures. I was not wrong at least, thanks to a teacher in the school, he told us that the way Minang people dance was like Chinese martial art. It was a pity that I can't see them in person.
Also sometimes, it really made me proud to be a Taiwanese, because he also mentioned our Cloud-gate modern dance. :-)
In their campus, I found art here and there; in their experimental theatre, there was one rehearsal for a graduate-to-be. I was moved by these people and their perservence for art, and if you ever have a chance to visit this little school, do come here to feel the hospitality of this little art school.
Ask your taxi driver, they will find out the place for you.
On your way from Padang to Bukittinggi, the rail track is always near the roadm and there locates the highest train station in Indonesia. This is said to be the highest train station in the country. Nothing much speical, but if you are bold enough like me, take one crazy picture is fine.
If you take a private taxi, make sure to stop over here for a while.
at fort de kock bukittinggi, there's a small zoo with orangutans in the cages. i will never forget the tears came out from our eyes when we come to visit them. the officer put a signboard “dangerous”. but we do believe, these orangutans just little poor guys and absolutely not dangerous .... it's so sad :(
The economy of all the villages around Bukittinggi is based on agriculture.
In some of the largest farms they also process the harvest on place using some nice home made wooden machinery.
A tour of the farms can be organized locally from Bukittinggi.
Because of the three volcanoes close by, the ground in the Bukittinggi area is very fertile.
There are many cultivatons, mainly rice but also coffee, sugarcane, etc..
Most of the rice fields are terraced, and very picturesque to see.
Lake SIngkarak is a crater lake about 20 kms from Bukittinggi. It is popular with locals but not at all with tourists.
It is less scenic than lake Maninjau (another more famous crater lake 40 kms from Bukittinggi) but much less developed and ideal for swimming.
we met this black cockatoo near the entrance of fort the kock.
he's standing on a bar together with another black cockatoo and a couple of white cockatooes.
The ladder-like street is one of the very few remains from colonial era. I think now it serves not only for the local to climb to the top, but also for tourists to kill the memory. lol