"Gold Town of Sarawak" Bau by voodo0

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Bau, which is one of the twenty-eight districts in Sarawak, is situated within Kuching Division. It is an inland district about 35 kilometres by road from Kuching. It has an area of 884.40 square kilometres sharing a common border with Kalimantan Barat, Indonesia. The district capital is Bau Town.

From a distance looking in a south-west direction, the five kilometers long rugged limestone formation with its low peaks resembled a Chinese Dragon with a marked dorsal. Both of the hills, the one on the left under the name of 'Tai Parit - Mau San' and the one on the right, the Bekajang Hill resumed the description of the two 'paws' of the dragon. The 'Ghost Cave' to the north-east likes the proverbial pearl in front of the dragon (i.e "Saburan and Tai Tone Mines") and the 'Tail' of the dragon (i.e Bidi Gold Mine). In Chinese Hakka dialect, Bau is known as "Shak Lung Mung" which literally means "the gate of the rocky dragon".

Bau town is also known as the 'Gold Town of Sarawak' due to its rich gold ore deposits and gold-mining activities in the past. However, gold mining operations in all the mines had ceased before the turn of this century as the remaining gold deposits deep underground was difficult and expensive to extract , making the operation unviable at the present market price for the gold ore.

Bau district has many places of interest that have potential to be developed into tourist attraction for both local and foreign tourists.

Getting there

There are two way (routes) to get here from Kuching- that is by using the old Bau-Kuching Road via Kota Sentosa or using the Kuching-Bau-Lundu Road (which form part of the Trans-Borneo High way) via Batu Kawa.

  • Last visit to Bau: Oct 2006
  • Intro Updated Jan 11, 2007
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