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Jewel of Alps celebrates National Pavilion Day

09-02-2010 08:59 BJT Special Report:Shanghai World Expo 2010 |

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Moving to news from the Shanghai World Expo... The principality of Liechtenstein, a landlocked alpine microstate in Western Europe, is celebrating its National Pavilion Day. Actually its the wealthiest country in the world that is, if you judge it on a per capita basis. Today, let's take a closer look at the mountainous microstate and see how their artists celebrate the pavilion day with music.

The symphony orchestra coming from the principality of Liechtenstein played alongside the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra on Wednesday morning to showcase their music tradition to the Expo audience.

Dubbed as the jewel of the alps, Liechtenstein is bordered by Switzerland to the west and south and by Austria to the east. The area of Liechtenstein is just over 160 square kilometers. There is a joke about the country's miniature size that goes... if you light up a cigarette in Switzerland then drive through Liechtenstein, you will arrive Austria before you finish your cigarette.

The country has only a population of around 32-thousand. But it is a forerunner in environmental protection. Every Sunday, in its capital Vaduz, there are no cars allowed to run through the city.

Stamps are the country's other specialty. Liechtenstein is hailed for making exquisite stamps. They make twenty types of stamps every year, with each one printed for 500-thousand copies. And they are collected by philatelists around the world. A painting depicting the landscape around Vaduz is displayed at the pavilion, but is actually composed of 50-thousand postage stamps made in the country.

Liechtenstein's per capita income is over 80-thousand US dollars per year. The country boasts industries of metal processing, mechanical engineering, and watch manufacturing. The spacecraft of the US Apollo missions applied accessories were made in Liechtenstein. Visitors can find all these at the country's pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: CNTV.CN

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