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Pontianak Travel Guide, Indonesia

The city of Pontianak happens to be the capital for the West Kalimantan Province which is amongst the many provinces in the country of Indonesia. The city of Pontianak is amongst those rare cities that are located right on the equator. The city of Pontianak is situated on Borneo Island and is amongst few very important cities for the country of Indonesia. The longest river for the country of Indonesia is River Kapuas (which has the length of around 1150 kilometers) and this city of Pontianak is situated on the delta of this huge river.

As per the census of 2000 the population for the city of Pontianak was around 525000 inhabitants. The city of Pontianak stretches over an area of around 108 square kilometers and this is really huge for a city which is located on an Island. Along with the huge chunk of Indonesians which live in this city of Pontianak, there is a considerable number of Chinese immigrants that also live in this city and contribute to its growing population. To be precise the Chinese in the city of Pontianak is the largest ethnic group when compared to other ethnic groups.

The native Indonesians in the city of Pontianak are generally Dayak or Malay people. Other important minorities in the city of Pontianak are Javanese and Madurese. The main language spoken in this city of Pontianak is Indonesian but the Malay accent prevails due to the touch from the Malaysian people to the locals of this city.

In the last couple of years the economical condition for the city of Pontianak has improved considerably and this has led to the improvement of educational levels in this city. The city of Pontianak has many private educational institutions as well as many religious institutions so as to keep the spirit of religion alive.

The city of Pontianak is famous for the food industry and the kinds of food items that this city produces. The major products which these days become the backbone for the city of Pontianak are pepper, palm oil, rubber, tobacco, and sugar. In its early years the city of Pontianak happened to be the hub where gold was extracted in large numbers. Soon almost all the gold from the mines of Pontianak was extracted and hence this business died down.


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