The street which runs past the railway station into the shop area possesses no buildings of interest. We turn to the right from off the railway jetty and follow along the seafront, passing the shipping offices, and come to the post office opposite Victoria Pier. From this pier leads inland a street at whose end is the fine building of the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank. Still continuing along the seafront the next pier reached is Swettenham Pier, and opposite it a clock tower presented to the town by a Chinese notable. Beyond this is Cornwallis Fort, surrounded by a moat. A road goes through the fort and brings us out on the Esplanade. This has the sea on the north, the fort on the east and the Town Hall on the west. On the south runs Light Street. Fronting the Esplanade along this street come, in order named, and starting from the seaward end, the Government Offices and Courts. Going down Light Street and leaving the Town Hall on the right, we arrive at the handsome Supreme Court building standing in an island of green lawn between Light Street and Farquhar Street, and behind this is Saint Georgea s Church, next to which is a Government school building. This brings us into Farquhar Street, where the next buildings are, on the left, Saint Xaviera s School and, opposite it on the right, the Convent. Continuing on we pass the Saint Georgea s Girlsa School on the right, and so arrive at the Eastern and Oriental Hotel, admirably situated on the edge of the sea, from whose lawns, under shady trees, we see ship after ship arriving or departing, fishing-stakes lifting in the haze, and beyond them the blue hills of Kedah. Farquhar Street a little further on becomes Northam Road, and on it lies the old cemetery where so many of Penanga s notables and worthies, civilians, soldiers, sailors and merchants, sleep. From the plan it will be seen that Penang has a west end where lie the Residency, the racecourse, the golf course, the golf club, and also the gaol and hospitals. It is this west end which is the glory of the town. Here the roads are broad and
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good. At every turn are beautiful views of houses in their gardens, in a land where ordinary gardening is easy and landscape gardening inevitable. A drive through this neighbourhood should be taken by anyone who is spending a few hours in Penang. Before reaching the Eastern and Oriental Hotel on Farquhar Street a turn to the left down Leith Street is worth taking, for along this street are several fine Chinese houses. In this climate, where frost and thaw do not damage buildings, it is possible to decorate exteriors with a wealth of ornament which the bright sun shows up in gorgeous colouring. Notable are the dragons ramping on the roofs, and strange are the figures in china and pottery and the pictures in panels on outside walls. It is occasionally possible to be shown over the interior of one of these houses.
There are plenty of beautiful drives in Penang. The Chinese temple at Ayer Itam is four miles away. It can be reached by electric tram (half-an -hour) from Swettenham Pier, and this route is more picturesque than the carriage road.
A drive of three miles will take us, in a different direction, through a beautiful succession of gardens and cultivation to the Waterfall Garden, where the natural beauty of the site, a green hollow nestling in the hill foot with a