Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Taken From Wikipedia

Cirebon (formerly referred to as Cheribon in English) is a city on the north coast of theIndonesian island of Java. It is located in the province of West Java, approximately 297 km east of Jakarta, at 6°43′S 108°34′E.


Its name is often said to be derived from the Sundanese words of "Cai" (water or river) and "Rebon" ("shrimp"). (Indeed the main production of the city is fishery including shrimps.) The alternative Javanese derivation is from "Caruban", meaning "mixture"--a reference to Cirebon's complex mix of Javanese, Malay, Sundanese, Chinese and Arabic cultural elements. While Indonesians from outside Cirebon pronounce the name CHEE-ray-bone, locals say Cher-BONE.
Aside from fishery, its harbour, Tanjung Emas, on the Java Sea has been a major hub fortimber from Borneo. A small landing site "Penggung" also serves the TNI-AU. The city lies on Jalur Pantura (Pantai Utara Jawa), a major road on the northern coast of Java that stretches from Anyer, passes through Jakarta, and ends at Surabaya.


Cirebon was part of the Sunda kingdom as stated in the travel records of Prince Bujangga Manik, a Sundanese Hindu monk who visited all the holy Hindu sites in the islands of Java and Bali at the beginning of the 16th century AD. In his lontar manuscripts, which have been saved in theBodleian Library of Oxford University in England since the 16th century, the borders of the Sunda kingdom in the west are the Sunda Straits and in the east are the Pamali River (present day Brebes River) and the Serayu River in Central Java Province.[1]
Another source proclaiming the fact is a report from Tomé Pires, a European explorer. He reported a Sundanese port of "Cimano". Manuk is a river passing through Cirebon area, though not flowing directly through the city. In fact, Manuk River (Ci Manuk) flows through Indramayu.
A major event in Cirebon's colonial history was the massive famine of 1844, apparently triggered by a combination of drought and the shift from subsistence agriculture to cash crops, particularly indigo and sugarcane, that had begun as a result of Dutch colonial policy (seeCultivation System) in the 1830s.[citation needed]

Demographics and c Culture

The city's population is 295,764 as of the Indonesia Census 2010 count.[2] As with other coastal cities in Indonesia, a large population of ethnic Chinese has flocked into the city as a result of long-term Chinese immigration since the seventeenth century.
Cirebon itself is known as Grage in the Cirebon dialect of Javanese language, which came from the words "Negara Gede", meaning "Great Kingdom."
Although surrounded by Sundanese-speaking areas in West Java, linguists have stated clearly that Cirebon (and the historically related region of Serang city in Banten Province) are Javanese language areas. In addition, this is supported by the Cirebon people referring to themselves as "wong Jawa" ("Javanese people"), and to their language as "basa Jawa" ("Javanese"). However, the Cirebon dialect is sufficiently different from the dominant south central Javanese dialect that it is sometimes assumed to be non-Javanese by outsiders. See also: Java, languages map.
As a coastal city, Cirebon's main industry is fishery. Its products include terasi (shrimp paste), shrimp crackers and salted fish. Cirebon is known for local foods, such as nasi lengko (rice mixed with bean sprouts, fried tofu and fermented soybean cake), nasi jamblang (rice of various side dishes), empal gentong ( a kind of curry ), tahu gejrot (fried tofu with red sugar topping), tahu tek-tek (fried tofu topped withpeanut sauce and mixed with vegetables) and ayam panggang (barbecue chicken). Another native food is "Docang" (rice cake with sour vegetable soup).

Monday, 25 October 2010

Hotels in Cirebon

Hotels in Cirebon
Here is some information about hotels in Cirebon. Listed are the prices and address. I haven’t checked out all the hotels yet will add as I find more info.

Sejahtra Guest House,
Jl. Suratno No 18,
Tlp 0231 20721
Standard room all hot water and AC. rp. 175,000
This is a small guest house with only 12 rooms. Opening in 2010 the rooms are equipped with AC hot water, TV and serve a nice traditional breakfast. One of the best if your not looking for big hotel facilities.

Hotel Aurora Baru,
Jl. Siliwangi No 62
Tlp; 0231 233143/233145
Standard Room rp 180,000
VIP Room rp 200,000
Family Room rp 230,000
This hotel is very close to the main train station in Cirebon, all rooms have A.C. and hot water. Breakfast included.

Hotel Aurora
Jl. R.A. Kartini No 27
Tlp; 0231 204541/206338
Standard Room rp 140,000
VIP upstairs room rp 145,000
VIP Room rp 170,000
Family Room rp 190,000
Extra Family Room rp 210,000
All rooms have A.C. and hot water. Breakfast Included.

Wisma Bahtera
Jl. Cangkring I No 5 – 7 (off Jl. Kartini)
Tlp; 0231 231920
Standard Room A rp 150,000
Standard Room B rp 175,000
Family Room rp 200,000
Deluxe Room rp 250,000
Standard Rooms have A.C. but no hot water. Breakfast included.

Bentani Hotel

Jl. Siliwangi No  69
Tlp; 0231 203246
Standard Room rp. 452,238
Superior Room rp. 517,124
Junior Suite rp. 607,571
Suite rp. 774,703
Executive Suite rp. 1,049,978
Presidential Suite rp. 1,478,620
Extra Bed rp. 128,500

These rooms all have A.C. and hot water. Includes  breakfast. There are 3 restaurants, a pub, swimming pool and gym. These prices are with discount. This is the most popular hotel catering to foreigners in Cirebon.

Hotel Cordova
Jl. Siliwangi No 87 – 89
Room Rates valid until Dec 2010
Suite Room rp 250,000
Special Deluxe Room rp 180,000
Deluxe Room rp 170,000
Superior Room rp 160,000
Until Dec 2010 the above rooms will get 30% discount off the above prices. All with A.C.
Standard Room rp 75,000/65,000
Economy Room rp 55,000
Until Dec 2010 these rooms will get 20% discount off the above prices. Fan only.

Hotel Langensari

Jl. Siliwangi No127
Tlp. 0231 201818
Medium Room rp. 300,000
Superior Room rp. 400,000
Deluxe Room rp. 600,000
All rooms have A.C. and hot water. Includes breakfast.

Hotel Mega        
Jl. Kusnan No 101
Tlp; 0231 209332
Deluxe Room Rp. 203,300
Standard Room Rp. 187,700
This is quite a new hotel. Rooms have A.C. Deluxe Rooms have a fridge. Includes breakfast.

Hotel Sare Sae
Jl. Siliwangi No 70
Tlp. 0231 209489
Deluxe Room Rp. 300,000
Superior Room Rp. 250,000
All rooms have A.C. and hot water. Includes breakfast.

Hotel Sidodadi
Jl. Siliwangi No. 72
Tlp. 0231 202305
Deluxe Rp. 480,000
Superior Rp. 380,000
Moderate Rp. 240,000
All rooms have A.C. and hot water. Breakfast included.

Hotel Asia
Jl. Kalibaru
Tlp. N/A
Fan Room Share Bathroom rp. 40,000
Fan Room Bathroom inside rp. 60,000
A.C. Room rp. 100,000
This has been a popular hotel for backpackers over the years. Old colonial building. Basic but cheap. Includes breakfast.

Hotel Tri Jaya
Jl. Aria Banga No. 9
Tlp. 0231 2525225
Standard Rp. 125,000
Deluxe Rp. 150,000
Another new hotel. All rooms have A.C. hot water and wifi.

NB: All prices correct at the time of posting (October 2010)