On the evening of a hot summer day in August 2018 in the Maldives, brilliant fireworks lit up the sky over Male Island, the Maldivian capital, as the entire country celebrated the opening of the China-Maldives Friendship Bridge.
In the industrial city of Smederevo in northeastern Serbia, many people’s aspirations in life start from an old steel plant.
At a conference in the UN headquarters in New York City, the participants, and officials from Fiji, Lesotho, Laos, Nigeria and other countries, couldn’t stop praising a mysterious plant. It was Juncao, literally meaning “fungus grass” in Chinese, which had been developed by Chinese scientists after decades of research and cultivation.
My friend, please listen to my long story of the railway. It consolidates friendship and it brings hope. My hometown is more beautiful day by day, My compatriots are more high-spirited day by day.
"I'd give a bag of gold to visit Khiva," goes a Central Asian saying. It is an expression of admiration for the exquisite beauty of the ancient city of Khiva.
In July and August, when the livestock in the prairies of Mongolia get fat and strong, the traditional Nadam Fair is held in capital Ulan Bator. Horse racing is usually the most important and popular event at the fair. The race track, festooned with colored flags, is a lively scene with the riders in their colorful belts and headbands and their decorated horses.
The journey to the desert from Cairo, capital of Egypt, offers an unvaried landscape dotted by date palm trees. But once you reach the edge of the Red Sea 120 kilometers east, there is something more vibrant.
The Amazon, the largest river with the largest flow, the widest basin and the most tributaries in the world, runs almost across the north of the South American continent and nurtures the world’s largest tropical rainforest, known as the “Lungs of the Planet”.
In April 1927, though the Nordic weather was still chilly despite the arrival of spring, a factory in Gothenburg, Sweden, presented a lively scene.
In the beautiful North African country of Algeria on the Mediterranean coast, a generation of over 10,000 young people has a distinction. They are called Sinovas by the local people, meaning “Chinese”.
Even in the darkest night in the dead of winter, Dushanbe, the capital city of Tajikistan lying at the foot of the Ismoili Somoni Peak, the highest mountain in the country, remains warm and brightly-lit. The transformation came after Tajikistan lifted a 20-year winter power brownout in 2017 and Dushanbe said goodbye to the cold winters it had suffered when it didn’t have sufficient power supply.
Since the 1990s, a chronic kidney disease of unknown origin has become endemic in Sri Lanka, especially in the arid north-central regions, with an incidence as high as 15 percent.
November 16, 2018 was a red-letter day for Papua New Guinea (PNG). The newly-built six-lane boulevard in the capital, Port Moresby, was the cause of the celebrations. On this day the Independence Boulevard project, built and financed by China, was officially handed over to the PNG authorities.
Naberezhnye Chelny, located on the bank of the Kama River, is an industrial city in the Republic of Tatarstan in the Russian Federation. In the 1990s, affected by the economic slump, some of the factories here moved away and the industrial parks lost their vibrancy.
In the Afar language spoken in easternmost Africa, Djibouti means “boiling pot”. This Horn of Africa country gets its name from its weather that is dry and hot all year round. Djibouti is in desperate need of fresh water. The total amount of water resources that can be recycled per capita is only 353.4 cubic meters per year, the lowest in all East African countries and below the international extreme water shortage standard of 500 cubic meters per year. Djibouti is one of the world’s most severely water-deficient countries.
Preah Sihanouk Province in Cambodia has a unique coastal scenery, soft beaches and azure waters. If you travel 12 kilometers to the east from the beautiful port city of Sihanoukville, you will come across a new modern industrial zone teeming with cars and people.
Banknotes are often regarded as a nation’s “business card”, reflecting the social culture and an important medium for displaying the national image. Therefore, the designs for national currency notes are always selected with particular care.
An incredible 10.8 tons per hectare! A sampling of rice from a demonstration field had just been tested to assess the yield per hectare and the result created a furor in Madagascar.
On the Ethiopian Highlands, known as the “Roof of Africa”, and across the skyline of capital city Addis Ababa, you can see more than mountain ranges. A majestic tower and a ring-shaped conference center rise on the horizon, sending the message of an Africa full of prospects. It is the new headquarters of the African Union (AU), built with Chinese assistance – African Union Conference Center and Office Complex (AUCC).
The Port of Piraeus (PP), lying about 10 kilometers southwest of Athens, Greece, is a strategically important location because of its proximity to the Aegean Sea, the maritime crossroads between Asia and Europe, and is linked by shipping routes to Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Designed by Greek architect Hippodamus in the 5th century BC, it remained one of the most prosperous ports of Greece and Europe for a long time.
The Cimanuk River in West Java, a province lying 230 km east of Jakarta, capital of Indonesia, is regarded by the locals as the “river of life”.
Benin, bordering the Atlantic Ocean, is a beautiful country boasting vast tracts of sugarcane field. They present a charming scene in the harvest season with their pink flowers swaying gently in the breeze.
Imagine a kilogram of white turnip costing about ECD 23 (USD8.51), a kilo of bell pepper ECD27 (USD9.99) and colored pepper ECD54 (USD19.98)! It sounds astronomical but this used to be the case in the island nation of Dominica in the Caribbean in the past. Due to lack of agricultural development, there was a scarcity of vegetables and fruits, which pushed up their price. It was hard to imagine how the common people could afford such expensive vegetables.
In Derweze, a village in Turkmenistan's Karakum Desert, a tourist recently asked the locals how to get to the "Gates of Hell", an enormous crater that has been on fire for decades and a unique tourist attraction in the region.
The central square of the city of Pitesti on the Arges River bustled with activity as the finals of the keenly contested DHS Cup Youth Bicycle Obstacle Race kicked off at the prominent venue. There were teenaged cyclists intently circumventing the various obstacles placed on their tracks, such as steps, slopes, pipes, bollards and even flagpoles.
The city of Babylon in Mesopotamia with its long history is one of the cradles of ancient human civilization. It is also the city where the Hanging Gardens, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, were said to be located centuries ago. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon indicated that even in ancient times the people there knew how to harness water resources for irrigation. However, 2,600 years later, the city of Hillah in modern-day Iraq, near where the Hanging Gardens of Babylon used to be, struggled to cope with rainwater and sewage due to the years of war.
It's the end of the year and a cool breeze from the north provides relief from the tropical heat. The night sky of Thailand looks bright with stars, and music and songs, together with dancing and beer, have kicked off the New Year carnival. "Happy New Year" banners can be seen everywhere.
It is morning and a sea breeze is murmuring through Maputo. A dapper Davari comes out of his new house in Katembe, a suburb in the Mozambican capital, starts his taxi and heads toward the city center. Soon he reaches the Maputo-Katembe Bridge, a suspension bridge across Maputo Bay, connecting the capital on the northern shore with Katembe on the southern bank.
As the plane hovered in the sky in preparation for landing, Peter looked down from his porthole. In the blue Caribbean Sea below, he could make out twin dots, the two small islands of the state of Antigua and Barbuda lying close to each other.
In the urban area of Kampala, the capital of Uganda, a new red-and-white two-storied building stands out on the yellow ground. On a working day, groups of black youths in neat uniform, white safety helmets and black boots can be seen trooping in and out of the building that is a training institution founded by four Chinese.
The first thing visitors to the China-Belarus Industrial Park in Minsk, Belarus, see is the towering boulder standing at the entrance. It bears the sign "Great Stone Industrial Park", the name Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko gave to the park. It embodies "the cornerstone of the friendship between the peoples of China and Belarus".
Lumley Beach in the capital city Freetown is one of Sierra Leone's best-known beaches but in August 2014, it appeared deserted. The invigorating sea breeze was there, so were the swaying coconut trees and the blue Atlantic Ocean, but there were no people.
Bus and commercial vehicle manufacturer TAM-Europe – or TAM Europe Development and Manufacturing of Commercial Vehicles, Ltd. – grew out of time-honored Slovenian vehicle manufacturer TAM in Maribor, the second largest city in Slovenia. Founded in 1947, the facility was the largest automobile factory in former Yugoslavia, employing over 10,000 people and producing 7,000 vehicles annually, playing a significant role in the local economy.
Rwanda in central eastern Africa, blessed with mountains, rivers and beautiful scenery, is known as the "land of a thousand hills". A famous summer resort in Africa, it has pristine rainforests, vast plains and active volcanoes, which have given rise to an ecosystem with amazing biodiversity and a variety of wildlife. Tourists also flock to Rwanda to see one of its national treasures – the mountain gorilla.
For Mao Tith, a villager living in Svay Ampear in Cambodia, the rainy season used to be a dreaded time because his hut, built of bamboo with a thatched roof of palm leaves, could not keep the rain out. Whenever a thunderstorm struck, the family could only huddle together and pray it would be over soon.
Due to its weak industrial base and almost zero medicine manufacturing, the West African nation of Mali had its drug market monopolized by expensive imported drugs in the past. It caused a low overall level of drug use with frequent shortage of medical supplies and services.
When Isaac's Chinese colleague Yang Shuai showed him a photograph of the Cholistan Desert on his mobile phone, the sight of the carpet of green grass growing in the barren desert left the Pakistani engineer incredulous.
The sparkling blue Danube that flows serenely across Hungarian capital Budapest, also known as the Pearl of the Danube, has made the country accessible from all directions and witnessed Budapest undergo stupendous changes.
In a mud building in the Sahara Village in Côte d'Ivoire, a group of engineers were working intently to usher in a magical connectivity.
Early in 140 BC and again in 119 BC, during the Western Han Dynasty, Zhang Qian, a royal envoy and explorer extraordinaire, went on two remarkable journeys. He started from Chang'an, an ancient city in northwest China that was the capital of the dynasty, exploring the route from the East to the West.
The seven hydropower dams on the Nam Ou River in northern Laos can be likened to a string of seven dazzling pearls, which have brought vitality to the once silent mountain valley.
The Yanbu Aramco Sinopec Refining Company (YASREF), based in Saudi Arabia on the coast of the Red Sea, is among the world's leading refineries, with a daily capacity of 400,000 barrels of crude oil, the equivalent of an annual capacity of 20 million tons.
Li Lin has not seen the sun for days as it is winter at the site of the Yamal liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Sabetta, where he works. In winter, the sun doesn't rise for over two months in the Arctic Circle, and Sabetta is such a town in northern Russia, 400 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle.
Latvian capital Riga is a coastal city known as the "heart of the Baltic States". Its ice-free port and strategic geographical location have made it a trade hub that also boasts the best-preserved historical monuments in Europe, beautiful landscapes and great red wines.
At an agricultural exhibition in Samoa, the China booth offered visitors plates of tomatoes, pumpkins, lemons and even watermelons,a rarity for the locals.
The city of Kribi in Cameroon is located on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean, known as the Blue Coast. The scenery here is beautiful, with blue waves, coconut groves and a silver beach full of breeze and birdsong. The fishing boats on the far coastline are part of the scenery, showing the harmony between man and nature.
On the evening of July 16, 2019, a concert titled "China and Malaysia: Twin Industrial Parks, Common Prosperity" was held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center (KLCC) in the Malaysian capital.
The No. 1 National Highway in the Republic of the Congo is a four-lane, two-way asphalt road running east-west. The 536-kilometer highway, full of fast traffic, links Pointe-Noire, the country's economic center and second largest city on the Atlantic coast, and Brazzaville, the capital.
In April 2020, when the novel coronavirus epidemic was raging through Italy, a music video featuring Italian and Chinese singers singing "together" became an online sensation. Twelve famous Italian singers, confined to their home due to the epidemic, sang the famous aria "Nessun Dorma" from Puccini's opera Turandot on their respective balconies.
Though Caribbean island nation Jamaica is a well-known tourist destination, for years the mountainous terrain at the center of the island, complicated geological conditions and poorly-maintained roads hampered its north-south traffic. Every year in the rainy season there were floods, disrupting traffic and impeding economic development.
Liane, a mother of five, was on the beach, enjoying the refreshing sea breeze that blew gently over the Comoros Islands, carrying the fragrance of climbing lang-lang. She was wearing a short skirt, something that was unimaginable till recently.
A memorable experience awaited Weng Mingzhao, board chair of the Long Jiang Industrial Park Development Co. Ltd., when he arrived in Tien Giang Province in southern Vietnam 12 years ago.
They are found everywhere – in Johannesburg, the economic capital of South Africa; in Cape Town, home to the famous Cape of Good Hope; in Pretoria, the capital of South Africa. The billboards of Hisense stand tall by airports and along highways in the major cities of South Africa.
January 18, 2017, London. The sky cleared after days of drizzle and the sun shone brightly in a blue sky.
Zyrardow is a typical industrial city in central Poland, not far from the birthplace of the great Polish composer Frederic Chopin and only 50 kilometers away from the capital Warsaw.
San Juan de Marcona, lying between the Pacific Ocean and the Nazca Desert on the southwest coast of Peru, was once a small fishing town. Its development into a modern city with a growing economy began with a Chinese company bringing in investment two decades ago.
Giza Province in central Egypt used to reel under power outages in the past. "We didn't expect such dire electricity shortage when we first opened our restaurant here," Wan, the manager of a Chinese restaurant, said. "There would be circuit breaks, particularly in peak summer, when electric appliances like the air conditioner, fridge, kitchen exhaust fan and oven were all working together."
Mexico, a land of magic and fantasy, has a long history that is recorded in the ancient ruins of its Maya and Aztec civilizations. A vast realm full of cactus-dotted deserts and extending to the blue sea, it was once known as a country floating on a sea of oil. Mexico boasts a wealth of oil and gas reserves, its most important natural resources.
Launched in the spring of 1957, the China Import and Export Fair, popularly known as the Canton Fair, is the earliest comprehensive international trade expo held in China. It also boasts the largest scale, widest variety of commodities, highest business turnover and highest buyer attendance from the broadest range of countries.
There is an old saying meaning "There is no spectator in life" in Ethiopia, the "Roof of Africa". It suggests that everyone has their own responsibilities and obligations in life. And everyone is connected, so no one is immune from challenges. The connotation is similar to the philosophy of a global community of shared future, exemplified by the global cooperation in combating Covid-19.