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Maldives celebrates Pavilion Day

07-16-2010 08:50 BJT Special Report:Shanghai World Expo 2010 |

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The Republic of Maldives celebrates its National Pavilion Day at the Shanghai World Expo on Thursday.

The island nation boasts many identities: It's the smallest Asian country in both population and area. It's the lowest country on the planet with an average height of just 1-and-a-half meters. It's also one of the world's most unusual countries with atolls spreading over 90-thousand square meters. Let's check out what they have to offer Expo tourists.

As visitors enter the Maldives Pavilion located within the Asia Joint Pavilion, they are immediately surrounded by the distinctive characteristics of the country. As an Islamic country, it boasts many old mosques along with other tourism resources. The pavilion basically just makes visitors want to go see the beaches.

But if you can't get there right away, you can at least pretend. There's a model hut with some artificial palm trees for visitors to pose in front of, and real sand on the floor.

The Republic of Maldives celebrates its National Pavilion Day at the Shanghai World Expo on Thursday. 
The Republic of Maldives celebrates its National Pavilion Day at the Shanghai World
Expo on Thursday. 

Tourism has become a major source of revenue for the region. With the theme of "Maldives, Tomorrow", the pavilion highlights the various ways that the country is trying to balance its reliance on tourism without destroying the natural beauty.

In the past decade, the Maldives has grown into a model of tourism and environmental protection with tourism and fishery as the pillars of its development. It is also a leader in the fight against global warming, since rising waters encroach every year on the small islands.

The pavilion also showcases the country's modern life by describing its efforts to preserve native culture while developing industries. And craftsmen demonstrate their technique of making the famed Maldives lacquer wares.

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