Bali - island of the gods and gateway to Paradise Ė is a relatively small island, east of Java across the Bali Strait. In recent years, luxurious hotel complexes have appeared, tastefully re-creating the islandís ethnic traditions.
Colorful dance and drama play an important part in the lives of the Bali people and almost every village has its own dance group, the favorite dance being the Barong.
In the north of the island, the 1,800 metre high Mount Batur volcano is still active, its slopes covered in lava fields, that extend deep into its crater.
Hindu temples abound, the Pura Kehen being one of the most beautiful terraced temples in Bali and the Pura Besakih, 'The Mother Temple of Besakih', the most revered.
As in ancient times, rice is still cultivated in the traditional way and ox and plough traverse the fields. Sun drenched beaches, cloud-kissed volcanoes, exquisite ethnic architecture and dreamy temples - itís no wonder that Bali is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in East Asia.
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