Mi­crone­sia: Beau­ti­ful as a Pearl

Beijing (English) - - CONTENTS -

Mi­crone­sia is a key hub of com­mu­ni­ca­tions be­tween North and South, East and West, and an im­por­tant mar­itime thor­ough­fare and trans­port hub for the world's eco­nomic ex­changes. As a coun­try along the Belt and Road, it con­nects south­east Asia to the south­west, and is sep­a­rated from both In­done­sia and the Philip­pines by only a strip of wa­ter. It neigh­bours Aus­tralia to the south, points to­wards Antarc­tica through New Zea­land, and keeps con­tact with the far-away north and south Amer­i­cas to the east; it has the Mar­i­ana is­lands (U.S.), Ja­pan and the Rus­sian Far East to the north, and the Tai­wan area of China to the north­west across the sea.

Mi­crone­sia has pre­vi­ously par­tic­i­panted in the “Colour­ful World” event. On this oc­ca­sion, the Fed­er­ated States of Mi­crone­sia Em­bassy in China mainly in­tro­duced its lo­cal tourism re­sources. A va­ri­ety of pub­lic­ity ma­te­ri­als about lo­cal tourism were neatly laid out on the dis­play stand, and scenic pic­tures hung in the ex­hi­bi­tion hall, all of which en­abled vis­i­tors to have a taste of the lo­cal ro­man­tic is­land scenery, beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral land­scape and unique na­tional cus­toms.

Glanc­ing through the colour­ful ma­te­ri­als, expo guests learn that the Fed­er­ated States of Mi­crone­sia is lo­cated in the Caro­line Is­lands of the Mi­crone­sia Is­lands in the west­ern Pa­cific north of the equa­tor and made up of 607 small is­lands in four states of Yap, Cukor, Pon­ape and Kos­rae. Lo­cals com­pare th­ese beau­ti­ful is­lands to pearls strewn in the sea.

On the dis­play stand, the Chi­nese ver­sion of the guide­book for Yap Is­land is very pop­u­lar. This is­land is an im­por­tant tourist des­ti­na­tion in the Fed­er­ated States of Mi­crone­sia. The travel guide de­tails all the in­for­ma­tion that would be use­ful for Chi­nese tourists who visit, in­clud­ing lo­cal cli­mate, cur­rency, visa is­sues, a list of dive shops, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions ser­vices and rental car ser­vices. The book can help vis­i­tors who want to ex­pe­ri­ence Yap Is­land's un­usual land­scape, with its vari­a­tion in ter­rain, dense veg­e­ta­tion, and coast dom­i­nated by man­grove swamps sur­rounded by co­ral reefs.

One of Mi­crone­sia's tiny is­lands, Nam­ato, which is close to the much larger is­land of Pon­ape, boasts fas­ci­nat­ing se­crets. In 1595, the Por­tuguese navy's Cap­tain Pe­dro came to the is­land by the ship “Saint Hi­erro Nim­mer,” and was sur­prised to find that the build­ings on the is­land had no re­lief, dec­o­ra­tion, or flow­ery pat­tern com­monly pound on build­ings in the South Pa­cific. In­stead he found only nu­mer­ous basalt columns and criss­cross­ing canals. The most amaz­ing thing was huge stone pil­lars, which were stacked in rows neatly to form a stone hill more than 10 m high. Later ge­ol­o­gists and ar­chae­ol­o­gists went to the is­land and found it was an an­cient ar­chi­tec­tural ruin. What hap­pened in that era? Who on earth built this strange build­ing on this is­land? When was it built and what was it used for? Why were the pil­lars of Nam­ato sud­denly aban­doned be­fore they were fin­ished? Are cul­tural relics left there? The mys­ter­ies of this is­land keep vis­i­tors and re­searchers ex­plor­ing.

The Fed­er­ated States of Mi­crone­sia Em­bassy in China takes the “Colour­ful World” event as a great op­por­tu­nity to in­tro­duce tourism re­sources of their coun­try to the Chi­nese peo­ple. The staff of the em­bassy dis­played their deep pride in their land, hand­ing out pub­lic­ity ma­te­ri­als to vis­i­tors who came by the booth and ea­gerly in­tro­duc­ing vis­i­tors to their tourism re­sources. They dis­played beau­ti­ful pic­tures of the lo­cal trop­i­cal scenery and pre­sented their unique tra­di­tional cul­ture, hop­ing that Chi­nese tourists would sched­ule an un­for­get­table trip to Mi­crone­sia af­ter be­ing touched by some pho­to­graph or in­for­ma­tion in the ex­hi­bi­tion hall.

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