Micronesia: Beautiful as a Pearl
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.