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Time for Tanzania to shine in Shanghai

07-08-2010 08:44 BJT Special Report:Shanghai World Expo 2010 |

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Tanzania is probably one of the oldest known continuously inhabited areas on Earth. Fossil remains of humans and pre-human hominids have been found dating over two-million years. It's called "Eden of Africa" for its numerous wildlife reserves and national parks.

Today, we get to know more about the central-eastern African country as it celebrates its National Pavilion Day during the World Expo in Shanghai.

The Tanzania Pavilion inside the Africa Joint Pavilion is enlivened by a huge giraffe, a national treasure of Tanzania. It's a vivid illustration of how affluent the country is in term of wildlife.

The Tanzania Pavilion inside the Africa Joint Pavilion is enlivened by a huge giraffe, a national treasure of Tanzania.
The Tanzania Pavilion inside the Africa Joint 
Pavilion is enlivened by a huge giraffe, a national
treasure of Tanzania.

Tanzania contains many large and ecologically significant wildlife parks, including the famous Ngorongoro Crater at Serengeti National Park in the north, and Selous Game Reserve and Mikumi National Park in the South.

Tanzania's rich artistic legacy is also on show. The country has a remarkable position in world art with a unique Tingatinga becoming known around the world.

Tingatinga are the popular African art works painted with enamel paints on canvas. Usually the motifs are animals and flowers in colorful and repetitive design. The style was started by Edward Saidi Tingatinga born in South Tanzania. Later he moved to Dar Es Salaam. Since his death in 1972, the Tingatinga style expanded both in Tanzania and worldwide.

Dar Es Salaam is one of the two cities to be represented in the pavilion as examples of Tanzania's urban development, art, and civilization. Visitors to the site can experience the "harmonious melody" of the country.


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