Al­ge­ria: Desert Coun­try with Stun­ning Land­scapes

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Al­ge­ria is lo­cated in North Africa and is of­fi­cially known as the Peo­ple's Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Al­ge­ria. This mys­te­ri­ous coun­try is the largest among African coun­tries, coun­tries bor­der­ing the Mediter­ranean Sea and the Arab states. It borders the Mediter­ranean Sea in the north, Libya and Tu­nisia in the east, Niger and Mali in the south­east, Mau­ri­ta­nia in the south and Mo­rocco in the west. Its econ­omy is the fourth largest in Africa af­ter South Africa, Nige­ria and Egypt. Oil and nat­u­ral gas are some of its big­gest in­dus­tries, and its re­serves of th­ese re­sources rank four­teenth and fifth in the world, re­spec­tively. It is the sec­ond largest ex­porter of nat­u­ral gas in the world. It lies on the Belt and Road and has a va­ri­ety of cul­tural and his­tor­i­cal re­sources. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Al­ge­rian Em­bassy in Bei­jing dis­played its na­tional dress and books about its his­tory and land­scapes at the third “Colour­ful World” event.

Vis­i­tors en­joyed the books at Al­ge­ria's booth and viewed posters of its land­scapes that rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the em­bassy had on dis­play. Al­ge­ria is rich in tourism re­sources and con­tains a to­tal of seven UN­ESCO World Her­itage Sites. There are many cul­tural re­sources in its cap­i­tal, in­clud­ing the fa­mous Notre Dame d'afrique (Our Lady of Africa), 319 mosques and nu­mer­ous mu­se­ums. The beaches on the Mediter­ranean Sea in the north fea­ture a pleas­ant cli­mate. Some of the vast Sa­hara Desert lies in south­ern Al­ge­ria, along with vast plains, high­lands and many an­cient Ro­man ru­ins.

A vis­i­tor ex­pressed his deep in­ter­est in Al­ge­ria's Is­lamic ar­chi­tec­ture. He was at­tracted by the de­tails of the de­signs and the lo­cal char­ac­ter­is­tics that are in­cor­po­rated, such as beau­ti­ful arches and court­yards sur­rounded by tall build­ings. Books and posters of mag­nif­i­cent oil fields, dams and colour­ful hand­i­crafts drew a lot of at­ten­tion from many vis­i­tors also.

A lot of the con­tent that was dis­played dur­ing the event was about the Sa­hara Desert, which is one of the fa­mous nat­u­ral land­scapes in Al­ge­ria. The nearly two mil­lion sq.km of desert in Al­ge­ria fea­ture a va­ri­ety of sights. A Chi­nese vis­i­tor that was walk­ing out of the booth said he wanted to plan a hol­i­day to this coun­try. A rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the Al­ge­rian booth ex­plained that it has rel­a­tively strict con­trol over im­mi­gra­tion and tourism and that en­try visas are not avail­able to in­di­vid­ual Chi­nese cit­i­zens. In­stead, Chi­nese vis­i­tors must come as part of spe­cial groups. Peo­ple who have me­dia-re­lated equip­ment with them, such as video cam­eras, are re­quired to de­clare them with cus­toms also.

China and Al­ge­ria en­joy a deep tra­di­tional friend­ship, and China-al­ge­ria co­op­er­a­tive re­la­tions have con­tin­ued to de­velop since the es­tab­lish­ment of diplo­matic ties be­tween the two coun­tries. Many Chi­nese State lead­ers have vis­ited Al­ge­ria. Al­ge­rian heads of state and the gov­ern­ment and other high rank­ing of­fi­cials have vis­ited China. China and Al­ge­ria es­tab­lished a strate­gic co­op­er­a­tive re­la­tion­ship when Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Hu Jin­tao vis­ited Al­ge­ria in 2004. In re­cent years, the im­ple­men­ta­tion of China's Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive has had a pos­i­tive im­pact on Al­ge­ria's econ­omy, so­lid­i­fy­ing re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries.

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