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Jakarta Post

Heaven on earth in Bangka Belitung

  • Indra Harsaputra

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 8 2012   /  09:37 am

Scenic: The Bangka coastline features unique granite outcroppings.Rich in tin and pepper, the Bangka Belitung Islands are also endowed with enchanting natural scenery, and are a showcase for Indonesia’s plural society.

“The Bangka Belitung Islands are heaven on earth with their fertile soil, captivating beaches and abundant tin,” said Bangka Belitung local Anugrah Gusti Prima, who, after finishing college in Bandung, returned to work at the provincial tourism office to promote his home.

“Although the people of Bangka Belitung have diverse ethnic origins, there’s no discrimination here. When anti-Chinese riots broke out in some parts of Indonesia at the end of the Soeharto regime, local people and those of Chinese descent lived peacefully in the province,” Anugrah noted.

 Bangka and Belitung were first inhabited by seafaring ethnic groups from Sulawes...