China Daily European Weekly : 2018-11-30

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Big Picture

4 CHINA DAILY EUROPEAN WEEKLY November 30-December 6, 2018 BIG PICTURE I Today, Africa is a popular and diverse tourist destination. Tourism plays an important role in the continent’s economy, in improving livelihoods and in enhancing cultural exchanges. For now, not very many Chinese travel to Africa for sightseeing. But my trip was an opportunity brought about by China’s reform and opening-up in the past 40 years that gave me, an ordinary photographer, the opportunity to visit these countries. Although the tourism facilities in some of these countries are not yet ideal, I would like to use my photographs to interest more Chinese in visiting Africa and discover its beauty. n September, I traveled to South Africa, Lesotho, Uganda, Rwanda and six other African countries for the first time. The 45-day trip brought surprises almost every day. Most of these countries are underdeveloped, but they have many worldclass natural and cultural heritage sites recognized by the United Nations. Also during my trip, I saw the richness of Africa’s natural resources and enjoyed the beauty of the natural environment. And I could sense the diversity and complexity of African ethnicity, languages, religions and culture. I was even more moved by the simplicity and optimism of the African people. They are hardworking and struggle to improve their lives. The story by Sun Zhengyi is translated by Zhang Lei. PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY PRESSREADER +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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