Nepal: Land of Gods
Backed by the Himalayas, the country has eight of the world's highest peaks of over 8,000 m above sea level, and features the largest height difference of any country from the 8,844-m-high Mount Qomolangma in the north to the plains at just 100 m elevation in the south. The country boasts beautiful natural scenery, ancient cultures, numerous historical and cultural relics bequeathed from different dynasties, and many impressive heritage sites. This country, is Nepal.
With its colourful culture, Nepal attracts tourists from all over the world. Visitors can appreciate the “Switzerland of the East's” enchanting landscape of lakes and mountains and majestic birds flying at dusk beneath the peaks of Annapurna and Machapuchare, beside Phewa Lake. People can also go on a pilgrimage to Lumbini, the birthplace of Sakyamuni, to experience the mysterious power of religion in this “land of gods.” Alternatively, visitors can savour the country's historic relics such as temples and pagodas at Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur in the Kathmandu Valley, and experience the simple and natural Nepali lifestyle filled with strong local flavour in the old cities. It is worth mentioning that Nepal is home to more than 10 different ethnicities and over 100 unique dialects. The Sherpas and Tibetans inhabit the northern mountainous areas; and the Tharu people living in the southern foothills of the Himalayas have distinctive wall decorations. Whether you are a hiker, seasoned traveller, explorer of mysterious regions with high mountains, or even an intellectual who has long admired those historic and cultural relics which remain standing even after significant earthquakes, you can find what you are looking for in Nepal. The country was named one of the world's top tourist destinations by Lonely Planet, and is convenient for Chinese tourists to visit since landing visas are available on arrival.
A member of staff at the Nepalese booth explained, “This is the second time we're taking part in the ‘Colourful World' event. The Belt and Road Initiative is very important to us and provides us with a good platform to promote our country and we've also brought many exhibits to show visitors.” On closer inspection, there were several posters of Nepali scenic spots hanging in the booth as well as the Nepali national flag. The world's only non-rectangular flag, it consists of two triangles and features its national flower, the rhododendron, in the centre alongside a curved moon and sun. A variety of exotic handicrafts, such as cashmere scarves, woollen hats and blankets and even an ancient exquisitely carved wooden door lintel, were all on display. Many visitors stopped in front of the booth to learn more about Nepal's unique culture and perhaps pick out an item of their liking. One lady asked a friend for advice, saying: “This is a pretty scarf and really comfortable. Do you think it suits me?”
Having encountered such enthusiastic responses from visitors, a member of staff from the Nepali Embassy in China said, “Thanks to the organisers' invitation we had the opportunity to showcase Nepali culture. And here, we can also appreciate brilliant performances and exhibitions from other countries, as well as make more friends during the Colourful World event. It's so great. You're welcome to come visit Nepal!”