Kampoeng China: Cibubur, Jakarta, West Java

mini-chinatown-jkt.jpgKampoeng China (Chinese Village), located at Kota Wisata housing complex in Cibubur, East Jakarta, is full of miniatures resembling famous places in China — Beijing’s Forbidden City or the Great Wall. Everything is painted red, the most important color in Chinese culture. There are also plenty of dragons and other traditional Chinese beasts. The site is free to the public, including the lion dance. Chinese dishes familiar in Indonesia — such as siomay (fish cake) and noodles — are for sale in the pavilions according to a small article in the Jakarta Post. At the village you’ll also find hundreds of small shops selling souvenirs, Chinese-style clothing, sandals, bags and lanterns, mostly imported from China. The village is affordable and popular with children who have their pictures taken in front of the miniatures of China’s tourism objects.