Jackie Chan Hill

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Jackie Chan Hill or Jackie Chan Village (Indonesian: Kampung Jackie Chan;[1] formally: The Friendship Village of Indonesia-China) is a neighbourhood in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. It is named for Chinese actor Jackie Chan who, with other Hong Kong actors, helped fund the building of the community and purchase of the hill. Jackie Chan also campaigned with the Hong Kong Red Cross to raise additional relief funds that went to reconstruction of the site. Officially, the government does not allow villages to be named after individuals, hence the official name not bearing "Jackie Chan". The neighbourhood is built up on a hill, high enough to avoid being inundated by a tsunami, thus being safe from tsunamis.[2][3][4][5][6][7] The village is a green field construction, where only treed hills and farmers' fields once stood. It is located 25 minutes, some 17 km, outside of central Banda Aceh. The village is 1.5 km inland and elevated 300m.[6][8] The village has a clinic and kindergarten and a covered village square for a market. However the market has not worked out. There are 606 mostly single family homes in the village. The village was built by a Chinese contractor.[8] The quality of the build is reasonable, unlike some other similar reconstruction efforts in Aceh.[7] There is no local high school, and the public transport system is insufficient to needs, as most jobs are located far from the village.[8] The village opened in 2007 with 2400 residents from a variety of villages and a variety of ethnic groups. They have lived harmoniously and built a community together.[8] As of 2014, the community's kindergarten is currently unused. Some 1200 people remain, others having moved away to be closer to work or services. Those that still hold title to their homes have rented them out to others.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (in Indonesian) Reuters (13 February 2012). "Warga Kampung Jackie Chan" (in Indonesian). Yahoo News Indonesia.
  2. ^ "Mega Tsunami: Where Next?". Documentary. 2014. National Geographic Channel.
  3. ^ Gabriel Domínguez (24 December 2014). "Ten years after the tsunami: How has Aceh changed?". Deutsche Welle. DW.de. [1]
  4. ^ "Devastating 2004 tsunami cleared the way for better infrastructure in Indonesia". Newshour. 6 November 2014. PBS.
  5. ^ James ANDRE; Catherine NORRIS TRENT (26 December 2013). "Banda Aceh: Reborn after the tsunami". France 24.
  6. ^ a b Shahanaaz Habib (21 December 2009). "Scenic village built from scratch by Jackie Chan".
  7. ^ a b c Kate Lamb (27 January 2014). "Banda Aceh: where community spirit has gone but peace has lasted". The Guardian (London).
  8. ^ a b c d e Lawrence Vale; Shomon Shamsuddin; Kian Goh (December 2014). "Tsunami + 10: Housing Banda Aceh After Disaster". Places Journal.