Nepal: Land of Gods

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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!”

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