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Located inside the Pacific Joint Pavilion, the Marshall Islands is celebrating its National Pavilion Day at the Shanghai World Expo. With an area of 181 square kilometers, this water-locked country has more than 12-hundred islands and 870 atolls. The Marshall Islands is hailed as a Black Pearl of the South Pacific. So, let's join the festivities and take a closer look at this island nation.
Marshallese dancers are reviving a traditional dance at the expo. The passionate moves are a prelude to a better understanding of the country's exotic culture. The merrymaking atmosphere continues inside the pavilion where Marshallese dancers engage passersby in a dance. The melody and moves provide a relaxing haven, away from the urban chaos.
A journey through the Marshall Islands is only possible by canoe. Though separated by the sea, the Marshallese speak the same language and share their tradition. Frequent journeys between the islands have fostered an intimate bond which is still sustained today. The Marshalleses are able navigators, using stars and stick-and-shell charts.
The country's wealth of atolls makes the place a popular tourist destination. Its red coral was believed by ancient Romans to be a symbol to prevent disaster, stop the blood and enlighten people.
|Artists from the Republic of Marshall Islands perform during a ceremony celebrating|
the National Pavilion Day of the Republic of Marshall Islands at the 2010 World
Expo in Shanghai, east China, Aug. 17, 2010. (Xinhua photo)
Fishing has been critical to the island nation's economy since its settlement. And the local government's policies are making sure that sustainable fishing can continue for the foreseeable future.