Algeria: Desert Country with Stunning Landscapes
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.