Libya: A Friendly Desert Nation
The State of Libya, located in North Africa, features beautiful scenery of the Mediterranean Sea and the Sahara Desert, is bordered by Egypt, Sudan, Chad, Niger, Algeria and Tunisia and covers an area of about 1.76 million sq.km. It is home to the Rock-art Sites of Tadrart Acacus, as well as two other UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Archaeological Site of Leptis Magna and Archaeological Site of Sabratha, both of which tourists can view by helicopter. Over 95 percent of Libya's territory is comprised of desert and semi- desert regions and its average altitude is about 500 m above sea level.
Libya is rich in resources, especially oil and gas. It is one of the world's major oil manufacturers and exporters. Arable land only represents two percent of the country's territory, yielding agricultural products including wheat, barley, maize, peanuts, oranges, olives, tobacco, date palms and vegetables.
Libyan cuisine is a combination of Arabian and Mediterranean cuisines and is influenced by Italian cooking, especially pasta. One famous specialty food is couscous, which is made of steamed flour, and usually cooked with meat and potatoes. Sherba is a delicious kind of Libyan soup and bazin is a kind of local baked flat cake made from barley, salt and water. Tea is locals' favourite drink and is often served with mint leaves and peanuts.
At the Colourful World event, the Libyan booth was a vibrant area with delightful music and dance performances. Staff members from the embassy and their children danced and sang traditional songs to draw event- goers' attention. The booth displayed specialty foods, as well as pictures and videos designed to introduce local landscapes and traditional costumes to visitors. Featured foods included local favourites such as couscous, bazin and tarts (a kind of Libyan pie). Photography focused on the Sahara Desert, home of Libyans' ancient civilisation. With a long history of over 2,700 years, the military and trade hub of Tripoli still serves as the nation's capital. Libya hoped to attract more visitors to their country by displaying its unique attractions.
Libya has a close relationship with China. The Belt and Road Initiative remains strong regardless of any turmoil in the region, bringing benefits to all participants in the agreement.