Cimahi is a small city that became independent from Bandung not long ago. It’s a residential area located west of Bandung and is host to military education facilities.
Cimahi together with Bandung are green and hilly and the weather is always chilly and very different from cities such as the hot and polluted Jakarta. Indonesian people are not used to cold temperatures, but they really enjoy that kind of adem places, wich means fresh in bahasa indonesia.
Long-term volcanic activity on the land has created a fertile soil suitable for rice, coffee, fruit, tea and tobacco plantations. Other than that, Cimahi is a humble textile area full of laberintic neighborhoods with small alleys sorrounded by houses and more houses. One good plan can be visiting it on Sunday, when there is the sunday market in Brigif.
The probabilities that a foreign person goes to Cimahi are rather low, unless they have someone that brings them there. That city is free from tourism and it’s an interesting area to know how Sundanese families live: they always share everything because that’s part of its culture. For example you will notice that they do the daily activities such as cooking always in company of the family or even the neighbors. They love to be sorrounded by their people and that’s why it’s very usual to see the doors of the houses open. They are always around while the kids play in the street.
When you enter into a neighborhood, don’t forget to say “punten” to ask permit to continue walking, as there are houses and people living by the small alleys. They will happily answer “mangga, mangga”, which also is Sundanese language and means “please, go ahead”.