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Niue celebrates National Pavilion Day at World Expo

10-20-2010 09:03 BJT Special Report:Shanghai World Expo 2010 |

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Niue is a tiny island nation in the South Pacific Ocean. It's known as the "Rock of Polynesia" and has a population of only 1400.

Through its pavilion at the Shanghai Expo, many Chinese people have gotten aquatinted with the faraway nation. So, how about we get acquainted, too?

At the Niue Pavilion Day on Tuesday, visitors enjoyed a vibrant performance of dance with tropical touches.

2,400 kilometers northeast of New Zealand, Niue is one of the world's largest coral islands. Immune from any infect of modern industry, the island's green-filled environment is the envy of the world.

The economy of Niue has traditionally relied upon support from New Zealand and Australia. Now the government is striving to tap into its tourism resources and develop a sustainable economy for future generations.

One of Niue's special products is ebony, which comes from a precious tropical tree. And some deft hands have turned ebony into delicate works of art. Ebony carving is Niue's most famous handicraft. Of course, as the ebony carving artist say, all the materials are gained by processing deadwood and bear no threat to the environment.

At the Niue Pavilion Day on Tuesday, visitors enjoyed a vibrant performance of dance
with tropical touches.

In 2003, Niue became the world's first "WiFi Nation", in which free wireless Internet access was provided throughout the country. And its health authorities have announced years ago to ban the selling and consuming of tobacco. Niue may also well be the world's first "tobacco-free" country.

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