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Arrival. Tandjong Priok is the port of the city of Batavia. Here on the pier, as soon as the steamers moor alongside, travellers are met by runners from the different hotels, to whom personal luggage may be given, (fee 30 cent per parcel, usuaiiy charged m the liote*bJi.
There are besides licensed porters, who will carry parcels to the railway station; fee according to distance.
The harbour works of Tandjong Priok were completed between 1877 and 1886 and enlarged in 1918. The port consists of an Outer and two Inner basins; the former (26 ft deep) is protected by two long breakwaters (each 600 ft) the latter are 3.553 ft and 565 ft wide, with two quays. A third basin is under construction and will probably be taken in use by next year.
Custom House. The railway station is just near the first inner basin. On the station premises is a money exchange (where foreign money is changed against currency of the island)
whilst the postoffice is next to it. Public telephone stand on the platform of the station. The distance by rail to Batavia is about 7 miles. Trains from Tandjong Priok leave about every thirty minutes for Batavia and Weltevreden, except on Sundays and public holidays, when some trains are suspended.
There will be scarcely any need for a guide for the ordinary tourists as all European residents generally speak English, French, German, and will afford all help and assistance to a stranger, while Malay, the prevailing native tongue, is easily learned.
Hotel porters (mandoer in Malay) who generally speak a little English, may be charged with the buying of tickets, checking of luggage etc.
General description of the City. Batavia is situated on the N. W. coast of the island of Java, in 6A 8a S. lat. and 106A 49a E. long .The population of the city in 1912 was 162.000 of which 1500 were Europeans, 30000 Chinese 114.000 natives, 1.800 Arabs and 1200 others, but is since then greatly increased.General description of the City. Batavia is situated on the N. W. coast of the island of Java, in 6A 8a S. lat. and 106A 49a E. long .The population of the city in 1912 was 162.000 of which 1500 were Europeans, 30000 Chinese 114.000 natives, 1.800 Arabs and 1200 others, but is since then greatly increased.