Among other Western ideas and institutions, the Hollanders have imported into Java that of health-resorts. Erstwhile lonely hills now bear hotels and a pavilions upon their disforested summits; picnics are held in glades, where, a few years ago, the timid antelopes fed; and Straussa s waltzes have reduced to silence the noisy cicadas. In the country south and east of Batavia, in the Gedeh-hills, and in the Preanger district, there are several of these hill-stations. There the air is pure and cool, in the months when the hot east monsoon scorches the plains. There is Tji-Panas, Tji-Bodas, Sookaboomi, Sindanglaya, Tjandjoor, the country round about Bandong, and somewhat farther east, Garoot, all of which places are easily accessible from Batavia. The hotels are generally airy, roomy and clean, if not elegant; the food is fairly good, and the charges moderate, about five florins* a day, the average rate throughout Java.
* About 8 to 9 shillings.