Musi River is both very broad as well as long,
comparable to those found on the big island of Kalimantan, formerly
Borneo. The river flows right through the city, cutting it in two
halves called the Ulu bank and the Ilir bank and linked by a bridge
of considerable size and length, called Ampera Bridge. If the visitors
do not care to make an interesting or unique boat trip down the
river, they could still take a walk halfway over the bridge to see
the vast panorama surrounding them, rare at any other place in Indonesia.
Down below they will see unbelievable traffic of boats, big and
small, crisscrossing water lines without accidents as if steered
by the most able navigators. From the same spot both halves of the
city are clearly visible as well. And if the times were right, sunrises
and sunsets as witnessed from the bridge would be an unforgettable
sight of beauty. Worthwhile noticing are the floating restaurants
and shops on both sides of the river, and other curious scenes of
daily habits of the city's inhabitants.
There is an annual event, which is held around
the Independence Day, each 17th of August, and is known as Bidar
Race in which boats measuring 24.5 m long and only 0,75 m wide compete.
Each boat carries as many as 50 oarsmen.