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Honduras celebrates National Pavilion Day at Expo

10-28-2010 08:57 BJT Special Report:Shanghai World Expo 2010 |

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Wednesday marks Honduras Pavilion Day at the ongoing World Expo.

The vibrant Central American country is interpreting the theme "We Export For a Better Future". Now let's drop in and take a closer look.

The Honduras Pavilion is clearly divided in colors: green, blue, and yellow as it embraces visitors brimming with strong tropical flavor and an ancient civilization.

Honduras borders the Caribbean Sea on the north coast and the Pacific Ocean on the south. It's home to nearly 8 million people. The climate varies from tropical in the lowlands to temperate in the mountains.

Archaeologists have demonstrated that Honduras has a multi-ethnic prehistory. An important part of that was the Mayan presence around the city Copan in western Honduras.

The vibrant Central American country is interpreting the theme "We Export For a Better

A major city flourished during the pre-classic period in that area. It has many carved inscriptions and stelae. The ancient kingdom, named Xukpi, existed from the fifth century to the early ninth century, with antecedents going back to at least the second century.

The Mayan civilization began a marked decline in their population during the ninth century, but there is evidence of people still living in and around the city until at least 1200.

By the time the Spanish came to Honduras, the once great city-state of Copan was overrun by the jungle.

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