Evening at Tanjung Lesung
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Evening at Tanjung Lesung

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Tanjung Lesung is nestled in the West Coast area of Java, in the Banten Province. Beaches on this coast is known to be some of the best as they offer good surf, calm swimming spots, considerably healthy reefs, and white inviting sand. Only 3 hours car ride away from bustling Jakarta and a short 30-minutes from Carita, Tanjung Lesung is a pleasant choice for a weekend getaway. Jakartans and beach-goers from other cities in the country might flock this west coast of Java area, but Tanjung Lesung will remain serene and private, as there are limited accommodations here. The beauty and serenity of Tanjung Lesung's surrounding area is also made possible by the legendary peak of Krakatoa. It is a sight that made Sunda Strait famous all around the world. Indonesia has over 130 active volcanoes. These volcanoes make up to what is notoriously known as the "Ring of Fire", the axis of the Indonesian island arc system. A chain of volcanic mountains forms an east-west spine along the island of Java. Krakatoa or Krakatau in Indonesian is undeniably the most famous volcanoes in the archipelago due to the world's loudest recorded bang that it created in 1883. Today the area around the majestic mountain is lush and rich in biodiversity both on land and under the water. Scientists from all over the world still come to conduct researches on the volcanic richness of West Java coast and its natural surroundings. Krakatoa, the volcanic island made of lava has been calm for more than a century now. Its grand history that shook the world for years is still and always be a great story to tell and retell. Nonetheless, Sunda Strait is now made exciting by the presence of Anak Krakatau (Child of Krakatau), a volcanic mass that has been on the boil since 1928. At times the kindred spirit mountain would send out showers of glowing rocks and belch smoke and ashes. If anything, it only makes it even more of a magical sight to be admired from afar.

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Asia is the biggest continent on Earth, a darling little gem floating around in space.

Hm, what is Asia? Who's in on it?

China and India are safe bets for Asian nations. Korea, Japan, Thailand, you're fine.

Europe? No. Europe would sort of be on the "Asian continent" if not for those pesky Ural mountains dividing things up in the middle, and then also the whole lineage of kings and wealth and nations and the EU and all that "give me my respect" stuff.
Russia would probably be happiest as its own continent, so for now we'll leave it in "Eurasia" and just hope the natural gas supplies keep flowing.

Pakistan and Afghanistan are dang close to Asia, but politically they show up in "Middle East" news stories an awful lot. Verdict: Eurasia.

I guess we'll actually have to consider everything from Turkey on eastward to be "Eurasian", although the moniker seems overlappitory of the territory.

The Asian economy is now officially raging like a wild furnace of lava that consumes everything in its path. Japan has had the largest individual economy in Asia for decades, but it is forecast that both India and China will outstrip Japan within twenty years.

China is the largest holder of United States debt and is positioned to become the world's next superpower, provided that Godzilla doesn't return and decide to stomp everybody back into the Shang Dynasty.

Text by Steve Smith.

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