Tunisia: A Country Featuring Deserts and Beaches
There are about 1,300 km of coastline in the country of Tunisia. This northern perimeter features many seaside resorts, golden beaches and blue gulfs. There are also magnificent mosques in this country. Its southern region includes part of the Sahara Desert, where the film Star Wars was shot.
The Republic of Tunisia is located in the northernmost part of Africa. It borders the Mediterranean Sea to the north and east and the Strait of Sicily runs between it and Italy. This is an important area in east– west shipping across the Mediterranean Sea. Tunisia is one of the few countries that features the combination of beaches, deserts, mountains, ancient civilisations and diverse cultures.
The tourism industry plays an important role in the economy of this country. The majority of its tourist facilities are scattered in its eastern coastal region. It features five main tourist centres. Sousse's Port El Kantaoui is the largest. Tunis, Sousse, Monastir and Djerba are some of its famous attractions. As of February 2017, citizens from China have been able to visit Tunisia for up to 90 days without a visa unless otherwise noted and various customised packages are available. Summer is high season for tourism in Tunisia. Visitors can enjoy a more moderate climate in the spring and autumn, however.
As a country with rich historical and cultural remains along the Belt and Road, Tunisia displayed some beautiful photos of its landscapes and food at this year's “Colourful World” event. The photos portray sunny seashores, traditional cuisines, ancient buildings and locations where
Star Wars was filmed. The photos attracted many visitors, some of which were inspired to plan to explore the country themselves.
A structure that looks like the Roman Colosseum was included in the photos. This is the El Djem Amphitheatre, one of the three best examples of traditional amphitheatre architecture left standing worldwide. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many visitors felt that they were familiar with some of the landscapes on display but were not sure from where at first. They were referring to the area that was used for the filming of scenes on the planet of Tatooine in Star Wars.
Tunisia's landscapes feature deserts and beaches. An International Sahara Festival is held every December in Duz on the edge of the Sahara Desert. The festival's opening ceremony is distinctive. Warriors dressed in armour with guns ride horses, and a parading procession containing people who ride camels follows. A procession that is composed of singing and dancing women and children in traditional Tunisian dress bring up the rear. After the opening ceremony, interesting activities such as camel marathons and camel wrestling occur. People sit around campfires at night, watch Arabian dances and enjoy roasted mutton.
Staple foods in the country include khubz (Arabic bread) and rice. Local people often prefer light food. If one's family has visitors, a whole, roasted lamb is usually prepared. One should fill the lamb with rice, almonds, pine nuts, raisins, olives and diced meat and roast it over charcoals. Other local specialties include couscous, brik (thin pastry around a filling, usually deep fried) and lamb stew. Tunisian people often eat olives, dates, watermelons, bananas, peaches and desserts at the end of meals. Mint tea with pine nuts is a national drink in Tunisia. Drinking it is considered to be part of a lifestyle like coffee can be.
China and Tunisia have a lasting friendship. Both countries have actively promoted bilateral relations since they established diplomatic ties in January 1964. Tunisia has also volunteered to take part in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). In 2017, companies from both countries reached agreements regarding cooperation in many fields such as communication technology and infrastructure. Tunisia has offered a new platform for Chinese investors to gain access to European, African and Arabic markets. It will play an increasing role in the BRI.