Jiuzhai Valley National Park – Summer on Zechawa and Shuzheng Valley

Jiuzhai Valley is locally known as Jiuzhaigou (Chinese for “Nine Village Valley”), a national park which located in the Min Shan mountain range, Northern Sichuan in South Western China. It is best known for its fabled blue and green lakes, spectacular waterfalls, narrow conic karst land forms and its unique wildlife. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992; the park joined the Man and Biosphere Conservation Network in 1997 and has also received IUCN and ISO 14,001 accreditations. More than just spectacular scenery, Jiuzhai Valley National Park is home to nine Tibetan villages, over 220 bird species as well as a number of endangered plant and animal species, including the giant panda, Sichuan golden monkey, the Sichuan takin and numerous orchids and rhododendrons. The superb landscapes of Jiuzhai Valley are particularly interesting for their narrow conic karst land forms and spectacular waterfalls and lakes.

It is China’s premier national park and is located at elevations ranging between 1,990m (6,529 feet) to 4,764m (15,630 feet) above sea level. Jiuzhai Valley is part of the Min Shan mountain range on the edge of the Tibetan Himalayan Plateau in Northern Sichuan Province and stretches over 720 sq km (72,000 hectares) with an extra buffer zone of 598 sq. km (60,000 hectares). The Min Mountains are one of South West China’s most important biodiversity typezones. The elevation of the national park ranges from almost 2,000m (6,500 feet) at the entrance to over 4,500m (14,760 feet) on the mountain peaks and the series of forest ecosystems are stratified by elevation. Jiuzhai Valley provides spectacular scenery throughout the year making it one of China’s most treasured scenic sites. Continue reading


A While in the Morning on the Busy Street of Chengdu

As the capital city of Sichuan Province and also one of the largest city in Republic of China, Chengdu is always busy in almost all times. Especially in the morning, which might one of the busiest time beside afternoon, street of Chengdu fulfill with people and activities. Chengdu, like other big cities around the globe, presenting stories even in its busy street. Continue reading

Tibetan Opera on Zang Mii Tibetan Cultural Performance Hall

Tibetan Opera, which held in Zang Mii Tibetan Cultural Performance Hall – located in Zhang Zha township of Jiuzhaigou county – China, hosts nightly spectacular and elaborate performances which tell a story of a pilgrim’s journey in an intimate, entertaining, colourful and exciting way. This ancient art form that has evolved over the centuries and serve as a living fossil of traditional Tibetan culture. The theme of the opera which perform by singing folk songs with a high-pitched and loud voice, soloists accompanied by the alloy voice with accompaniment by Tibetan dance has deep cultural meaning and significance, and conveys a proud sense of the Tibetan people and their beliefs. Continue reading

2011 North Sumatra Jazz Festival – “Discover Indonesia Experience”

After the “Road to Festival event” on the past May 20, finally the North Sumatra Jazz Festival 2011 held right as it had been planned on July 1 & 2, 2011 at Danau Toba International Hotel Convention Center. This festival brought up several great Indonesian’s jazz musicians such as Idang Rasjidi collaborated with KSP – a pop-jazz band that had been off-stage for about 13 years before realeased their third album in the end of 2010, Donny Suhendra with Donny Suhendra Project, Yovie Widianto Fusion, Ligro, Sruti Respati & Friends, Emerald BEX, Erucakra Mahameru & C-Man, Suhu Band – a jazz-malay band from Malaysia, and other local jazz performer such as Ethno Big Band, Progressive Band, and Kolegium Musikum. Continue reading

Drive Save or The Worst Thing Will Happen to You and Anyone Else

Oftenly we read and hear warnings like these which mostly on a billboard warning that we often encounter in the street, or in media such as television, radio, newspapers, and magazines. Too bad usually people ignore or do not give more attention to these.

Inadvertenly, i came across near a horrible car accident that fortunately did not prove fatal leading to death in car drivers and all passengers. According to some eyewitnesses, the poor car was drove at high speed through traffic lights. Suddenly the driver realized that there was one unresponsibly motorcycle violated and trespassed the red light sign. Then spontaneously the poor car driver avoided it by turned the steering wheel. This spontaneously action had made the car hit the end of the sidewalk which made the car lifted up onto the sidewalk, hit the traffic light pole, before finally reversed on one side of the road. Continue reading

2011 Medan Jazz Nation

Started from an idea of Dimardi Abas – a founder of KISS FM Group Medan, the biggest radio FM in town, who also a jazz lovers – with friends who belonged to a jazz community in the city of Medan that call themself as Medan Jazz Community, collaborated with Department of Culture and Tourism of Medan, had took the city to create a jazz event which named as Medan Jazz Nation 2011. The event was held in two places at once, which are at Plaza Medan Fair and The View Music Lounge and Bar – Grand Swiss-Bel Hotel Medan for two exciting days on May 27 to 28, 2011 at the same time with the celebration of the 421 years anniversary of the city of Medan and the World Environment Day 2011.

The purpose of the event, that scheduled to be held every year where in the future with the possibility for jazz musicians invited from all over Indonesia and even the world, in addition to lifting the traditional musicians who collaborated with all North Sumatra’s jazz musicians, and foster public of the city of Medan and North Sumatra’s interest to the jazz music itself, and also is an effort to promote the city of Medan for Visit Medan Year 2012.

Public interest looks big enough that seen with many visitors who had came to witnessed the appearance of local jazz musicians itself such like Yeppi Romero and his Acoustic Smile, as well as other local jazz musicians, as well as guest stars, such as idang Rasjidi, Dwiki Dharmawan and World Peace Ensemble, and also Nita Aartsen Quatro.

Hopefully this event will be held annually and its goal to promote the city of Medan as well as the jazz music itself to Medan and North Sumatra’s public specifically will be accomplish successfully. Continue reading

2011 North Sumatra Jazz Festival – Road to Festival

On this May 20 at Deli Hall – Danau Toba International Hotel in Medan, North Sumatra Jazz Festival 2011 – Road to Festival was held successfully. The NSJF 2011 – Road to Festival itself was held as a “warming up” event or a first announcement to public before the North Sumatra Jazz Festival (NSJF) 2011 itself that will be held on July 1 and 2 later. Coming from bright and uplifting ideas from Erucakra Mahameru, the jazz musician whose originally from Medan who has achieved his fame internationally, teams up with Gideon Momongan, a senior jazz journalist and photographer who also stood behind many jazz festivals in Indonesia as Festival Director, Medan – the North Sumatra capital city, finally will have their own jazz festival named North Sumatra Jazz Festival 2011 which will be held next July.

The idea itself got the realization after Erucakra’s latest performance with his C-Man Band in Java Jazz Festival 2011. With C-Man, Erucakra had also successfully climbed i-Tunes chart by their complex but infectious composition, “Aranti’s Code” and received remarkable review from Karl Sterling, Jimmy Haslip of Yellowjackets Production and Grammy nominee Allen Wentz. So this is going to be a big step in Indonesian jazz history, especially when the idea came from the jazz musicians themselves.

Picking up the theme “Discover Indonesia – Experience”, they are focusing to bring some of the best Indonesian jazz musicians/singers who already have a lot of experiences not only around our national jazz scene but also internationally. Continue reading