Set in a huge volcanic river basin at an altitude of 768 m and surrounded by mountains, Bandung has one of the most pleasant climates in Java, where the daytime temperature averages 23°C. The town centre is modern, unattractive and overcrowded, and some patience is needed in seeking out the town's main attraction: namely, its fine collection of art-deco architecture, built between 1920 and 1940 when Bandung was the most sophisticated European town of the Dutch East Indies.

The fourth largest city in Indonesia, Bandung is also the capital of the province of West Java. The city has a population of over 2,900,000, with a further 4,000,000 living in the surrounding area, making this one of the most densely populated regions of Java. Such has been the growth of the city that in 1987 its administrative boundaries were extended, doubling the area of the city overnight. Bandung is regarded as the intellectual heart of Java, with over 50 universities and colleges situated in the area.

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