Situated on the eastern edge of the Ngarai Sianok Canyon and with the mountains of Merapi and Singgalang rising to the south, Bukittinggi spreads for several kilometres in each direction. However, the central part of town, which is of most interest to visitors, is relatively compact and easy to negotiate. The most useful landmark is the clock tower at the junction of Jalan A Yani (the main thoroughfare) and Jalan Sudirman (the main road leading out of town to the south). Due north of the tower is the enormous market, the biggest in Sumatra, which swells to bursting point on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Jalan A Yani, 1km from north to south, is the tourist hub of Bukittinggi, and most of the sights, hotels, restaurants and shops that serve the tourist trade are on this street or close by. The surrounding area holds plenty of attractions, including craft villages, the rafflesia reserve at Batang Paluh, the beautiful Ngarai Sianok Canyon, and some fine examples of Minang
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