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Have you heard the song 'Jambatan Tamparuli' before ? The song Jambatan Tamparuli is based on a real bridge in Tamparuli, which guides introduce to tourist as the ''Lover's Bridge''. And this bridge is a 'must' visit when you come to Tamparuli.
The song dating back to the 1970s tells about how a young Dusun lass garbed in her finest is heading to the weekly tamu at Tamparuli town on a Wednesday. As she crosses the town's suspension bridge, her high-heel sandal get stuck in the wooden planks and she can't pull them out. She can do little but to continue her trip to the tamu barefooted.

So goes the opening line of the Dusun folk song ''Pak pak kang ku doh, Sumunsui doh jambatan, Jambatan doh Tamparuli, Bakasut tinggi oku''..

The bridge in the song refers to the most well-known hanging bridge in Tamparuli. However, if you visit Tamparuli today, you will not find the same bridge from the song. The original was washed away by a flood in 1999 and in it's place a new bridge (and a couple other bridges) were built.

Tamparuli is popular stop for tourists/travelers heading to the Kinabalu Park, Kundasang, Ranau and the East Coast of Sabah as it is located along the Kota Kinabalu-Sandakan trunk road. The suspension bridge has become an attraction in its own right as tourists love taking photographs of local folk using the swaying structure located about six metres above the Sungai Kiulu. Just next to it is a low-lying bridge with vehicles crossing the river barely 0.3m above the waterline.

The busiest day is Wednesday when the tamu or farmers' market is held along the banks of the river. The farmers from nearby villages bring their produce such as wild ginger (tuhau), local  fruits and organic vegetables to be sold here.

Just nearby is the Chanteek Borneo Gallery containing a collection of dolls garbed in the traditional costumes of many of the 30 ethnic communities in the state and other attractions namely the Rumah Terbalik (upside down house).

As for your information, Tamparuli is within the Tuaran district that boasts seaside resorts such as the Nexus Karambunai and Shangri La Rasa Ria with its own 26ha nature reserve that has some iconic orang utan as well as being home to some 60 bird species.

Tamparuli is a natural family adventure destination. Further inland is Kiulu with its fast flowing river that is suitable for white-water rafting.

Happy traveling !

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