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50 interesting facts about Beijing

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Imagine a huge city whose population exceeds that of many small countries. Skyscrapers in the center, anthill houses in the suburbs, and sparkling futuristic skyscrapers are harmoniously combined with street kitchens, crowds of pedestrians, and other Asian flavors. Indeed, Beijing is an incredible city. Here, in the heart of an ancient country, Eastern culture and Western innovation meet and merge.

 

Interesting facts about Beijing

 

Interesting facts about Beijing is a great opportunity to learn more about Asian capitals. The city has huge popularity all over the world. Millions of tourists come here every year to look at local attractions and get acquainted with Chinese culture.

 

 

1. The city of Beijing is the capital of China. The giant capital of China is amazing.

 

2. Beijing is a huge metropolis, the political and historical center of China.

 

3.Beijing is such a huge city that its population exceeds that of many small countries.

 

4. Four times as many people live in Beijing than in the whole of Slovakia - about 22 million.

 

5. And the area of ​​Beijing is larger than the area of ​​Moscow by about 12 times.

 

6. The first cities on the site of the modern capital of China existed more than three thousand years ago.

 

7. And the history of Beijing has 3 thousand years. It's about as old as London.

 

8. In ancient times, there were 4 great capitals in China, and Beijing is one of them.

 

 

9. Beijing, which means "Northern Capital" is the sixteenth name given to this city.

 

10. Before the city received the name "Beijing" in 1403, it was also called Jicheng ("City of Ji"), Yanjing ("Yan Capital"), Nanjing ("Southern Capital"), Dadu ("Great Capital"), Peiping ("Central World") and others.

 

11. Beijing is the second largest city in China after Shanghai with a population of almost 22.5 million. Almost the same number of people live on the continent of Australia.

 

12. This ancient city is literally crowded with people, cars and motorcycles, everyone is in a hurry somewhere, and it seems that people here never sleep at all.

 

RAILWAY STATION IN BEIJING

 

13. Indeed, Beijing is an incredible city. Here, in the heart of an ancient country, Eastern culture and Western innovation meet and merge.

 

14. In China, they like to borrow what they like, so this city has entire blocks that are very reminiscent of European cities.

 

15. In Beijing, skyscrapers are located in the center, anthill houses in the suburbs. These sparkling futuristic skyscrapers blend in harmoniously with street kitchens, crowds of pedestrians and other Asian flavors.

 

16. Beijing drivers never give way to pedestrians on zebras. However, almost everywhere in Asia the situation is exactly the same.

 

17. Bicycles are very popular in this city due to their cheapness. There are a lot of bike paths, they are usually fenced off from the roadway and the pedestrian zone.

 

METRO IN BEIJING

 

18. The Beijing subway, consisting of 17 "branches", takes 2nd place on the planet in terms of the total length of lines. The championship is held by the Shanghai subway.

 

19. Climatic conditions in Beijing are not simple: in summer the temperature can rise above + 42°C, while in winter the thermometer can drop to -27°C. The best months to visit Beijing are April, May, September and October.

 

BEIJING AIRPORT

 

20. Beijing Airport is the second busiest in the world: more than 100 million travelers pass through its terminals every year.

 

21. In Beijing, a new airport is under construction - when it is completed, Daxing should become the largest air harbor in the world. The complex is scheduled to open in 2025.

 

22. The most impressive historical sights of China are located in Beijing.

 

23. The center of the city is the famous Tiananmen Square. Until 1989, mass gatherings and political protests took place on the square, until access to the square was restricted and meetings were banned. Now only ceremonial events are allowed here.

 

TIANANMEN SQUARE, BEIJING

 

24. Tiananmen Square is surrounded by four monumental buildings: the Tiananmen Gate of the Imperial City in the north, the Great Hall of the People in the West, the Mao Zedong Mausoleum in the south, and the National Museum of China in the east.

 

25. Tiananmen Square in the center of Beijing, with a size of 440 thousand square meters, was the largest in the world until the 20th century.

 

26. In January 2011, an eight-meter statue of Confucius was installed on the square, but just a few months later, someone dismantled it under cover of night and took it away in an unknown direction.

 

27. Residents of China call their capital not Beijing, but Beijing, however, in Russian and many other languages, the outdated pronunciation of the city's name has been fixed.

 

28. One of the world's five mausoleums of socialist leaders, Mao Zedong, is located in Beijing.

 

MAUSOLEUM OF MAO ZEDONG

 

29. Mao Zedong, one of the founders of the Communist Party of China, rests in a huge memorial complex with 44 granite columns and 10 halls.

 

30. The most famous modern attraction in Beijing is the Olympic Park. As soon as Beijing was chosen to host the 2008 Summer Olympics, the entire country embarked on a plan to impress the world.

 

31. In total, 30 Olympic buildings were built and reconstructed. The main venues are located along the lake, such as the National Stadium - a masterpiece of the world-famous architects Herzog and de Meuron. Because of its bizarre shape, people call it the "Bird's Nest".

 

THE OLYMPIC PARK

 

32. In 2008, Beijing hosted the Summer Olympics, which cost the Chinese government about $44 billion to prepare.

 

33. Many citizens here wear medical masks on their faces, trying in this way to protect themselves from smog, exhaust gases and dust.

 

34. Air pollution in Beijing exceeds European standards by more than 5 times. Emissions from transport and industrial enterprises prevent citizens from breathing deeply.

 

35. And here, due to global climate change, for several decades, fierce sandstorms have often fallen on Beijing, capable of paralyzing the life of the metropolis.

 

36. Local ladies often walk with umbrellas to escape the sun. In Beijing, as in all of China, it is believed that the whiter the skin, the more beautiful the person, so everyone is afraid of sunburn.

 

37. School students in Beijing wear a uniform that is very reminiscent of tracksuits. The color of the uniform depends on the particular school.

 

38. In local parks, someone is constantly playing sports. Especially a lot of pensioners.

 

39. Many Beijingers here always carry thermoses with them, into which they pour tea or compote.

 

40. In many shopping centers, train stations and airports, you can see free vending machines for pouring boiling water. There are also regular fountains with drinking water.

 

41. There are also a lot of public toilets in Beijing, and they are all free.

 

42. Even in the city center, turning from a wide street into an alley, you can see how local residents cook food, dry clothes and do other household chores right on the street.

 

BEIJING CENTRAL STREET

 

43. Peking duck is one of the most famous Chinese delicacies. It takes about 2 days to prepare the poultry and fry it in a special oven on special wood.

 

44. Outside the tourist area of ​​Beijing, locals are very fond of taking pictures with foreigners.

 

45. Most Beijing residents do not speak English at all. So it will not be easy for a tourist without knowledge of Chinese.

 

ON THE STREETS OF BEIJING

 

46. ​​There are a lot of police in Beijing, passers-by often check documents. At the same time, everyone is calm, everyone understands that this is safety, and no one gets annoyed.

 

47. Beijing is a safe city. Even in poor areas, theft and especially robbery are extremely rare.

 

48. The first hotels and hotels for foreigners began to be built here only in the 70s of the last century.

 

49. The longest traffic jam in the world was recorded in Beijing: it lasted more than 9 days.

 

50. Beijing is a huge and incredible city. This is the very charm of Beijing - if some foreigners are shocked by the hectic atmosphere, then others find this never-ceasing seething of life attractive in its own way.

 

 

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There is no more contrasting country in the world than China. Contrasts start with climate, are traced in culture and cuisine, and, do not end there. There are a lot of people who have a lot to do with China and mainly travel there. And for beginners, we have compiled this material. 

 

Interesting facts about China

 

 

1. When people talk about China, they mean the People's Republic of China (PRC). The country is ruled by the Chinese Communist Party, the largest political party in the world, with 90 million members. Of course, there are so many party members in the country because the population is also not at all small - 1.4 billion inhabitants at the beginning of 2020. There is no president in China, the head of state is the chairman of the Communist Party, since 2013 this post has been occupied by Xi Jinping. 

 

2. China can be reached by plane, car, train and ship. You can fly direct regular flights of S7, Ural Airlines, AirChina, China Southern and others to all major cities in China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Harbin, Shenyang, Ordos, Xi'an, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Wuhan, Urumqi, Lhasa, Shenzhen, Hong Kong . There are pedestrian and automobile border crossings in the Primorsky, Khabarovsk, Trans-Baikal Territories, as well as in the Jewish Autonomous and Amur Regions.

 

3. If you have all the tickets and the necessary documents to enter a third country, then you can stay in Shanghai, Nanjing and Hangzhou for up to 144 hours (6 days!) and travel within the provinces of Zhejiang and Jiangsu. At the same time, a transit visa from Guangzhou and Shenzhen will be valid, which allows you to stay within the province of Guangdong. The cities of Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Shenyang, Guilin, Xian, Xiamen, Kunming and Harbin are allowed to stay on their territory for up to 72 hours (3 days).

 

4. The geography and landscape of China is very diverse. You will find in the country deserts and jungles, snow and sea, mountains and plains. The northernmost province of the country - Heilongjiang - is located in a temperate climate, similar to the climate of Vladivostok and Khabarovsk in both summer and winter. But the southern island of Hainan and the province of the same name is located in the tropics. In the west of the country there are high mountains, in the east and south there are also mountains, but a little lower, and access to warm seas.

 

5. The most comfortable time to visit any region of the country is April-May and October-November. However, it is important to clarify the weather situation in the south of the country, which is the entire area south of the Yangtze River - an important physical and cultural dividing line between north and south China. In summer, it is deadly hot, humid and stuffy, and there is a chance of catching a cold under the icy air conditioners.

 

 

But in winter, although the air temperature rarely drops below zero, it is still cold there - due to high humidity, thin walls and window frames. At home, the Chinese often walk in down jackets and warm shoes, save themselves with foot warmers, electric blankets, hot air conditioners and heating pads, but the windows are still regularly opened for ventilation. Central heating in China is only in the provinces conditionally north of the Yangtze.

 

6. China is large and is divided into 34 administrative divisions. These are 23 provinces, 5 autonomous regions, 4 cities of central subordination and 2 special administrative regions. Cities of central subordination: Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai and Chongqing are large financial, cultural, densely populated megacities. Autonomous regions (AR) are regions of China where a significant part of the population is made up of national minorities. They are autonomous simply because representatives of national minorities occupy high positions in the field. These are Inner Mongolia, Ningxia Hui, Xinjiang Uyghur, Tibet and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Regions.

 

7. There is the concept of mainland (or mainland) China. It includes all of China with the exception of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. Hong Kong and Macau are Special Administrative Regions. They are part of China on the principle of "one country, two systems" and are content with greater freedoms in the sphere of the economy (for starters: they have other currencies) and domestic politics. To travel to Hong Kong and Macau.

 

8. Taiwan is one of the island provinces of China. In 1949, the leaders of the Kuomintang party fled to the island, which lost the civil war to the communists. Since then, the island has its own administration, although the PRC insists on the principle of "indivisible China", and the Taiwanese do not consider themselves Chinese - in general, relations between the shores of the Taiwan Strait have not been completely normalized. At the same time, the vast majority of countries in the world do not recognize Taiwan as an independent state.

 

9. PRC currency - Chinese yuan. Banknotes come in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 yuan: there are no larger ones, so that there are fewer fakes. Less - there is, but almost never used.

 

 

10. Visa and MasterCard cards are not accepted everywhere in China, because the Chinese use their own UnionPay payment system. But withdrawing cash will not be a problem: any Chinese ATM will issue money from VISA and MasterCard cards at a good rate. For insurance.

 

11. Cash in China, in principle, is not needed - mobile payments are common throughout the country. The Chinese bypassed plastic cards and switched from cash immediately to payments using QR codes: almost no one goes out with a wallet, because everywhere (everywhere!) You can pay by phone, in shops, restaurants, subways, buses, at the migration service for a new visa. In many cafes, orders are also made using QR codes that are glued to the tables. Payment is made through the phone - a real paradise for social phobes. Even street musicians and beggars print out QR codes, and in some places paper money and cards are no longer accepted.

 

12. The convenience of mobile payments would not exist without good mobile Internet, and it is chic in China. You can buy a temporary SIM card from a Chinese operator at airports. To buy a regular SIM card, you need a passport. In China, the main three mobile operators: China Unicom, China Mobile and China Telecom, they differ little in terms of cost and coverage. To connect to public Wi-Fi, you most often need a local phone number. However, mobile internet chic is limited to Chinese websites and apps. The Western segment of the Internet is either very, very slow, or completely blocked. Since the early 2000s, the Golden Shield program has been operating in China, jokingly it is called the Great Firewall of China (Great Firewall of China). "Golden Shield" filters malicious and unreliable, according to the authorities, information on the Internet, which is just in abundance on many Western sites. In order to use Google, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, WhatsApp, Telegram, Netflix in China, to read news in Western media, you need a VPN service. These are programs for a computer and phone that change the IP address of the device and allow you to use blocked sites. Yandex and its applications in China work without a VPN. At the same time, the Chinese do not suffer without the social networks and websites we are used to. Each Western service in China has its own more suitable counterpart. For example, instead of Twitter, there is the Weibo app, which does not have a character limit.

 

 

13. In China, officially there is only one time zone, and Beijing time UTC + 8 is used throughout the country (the difference with Moscow is +5 hours). But since the country is geographically spread over 4 time zones, people in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Republic live according to a shifted schedule: most companies start working at 10 am, schools open at 9.

 

14. Remember, there is no single Chinese language. The official language of China is Putonghua, the so-called common dialect, which in the West is called Mandarin. But there are also 7 large dialect groups. The largest of these are the northern dialect group on which Mandarin is based, Cantonese in Guangdong, Wu in Shanghai, Gan in Jiangxi, Xiang in Hunan, Southern Min in Fujian, and Hakka in the south. Speakers of the dialects will not understand each other by ear, so the Shanghainese and the Guangdong will speak the common Putonghua for both. Putonghua is a tone language. There are four tones, and they are extremely important for mastering the language at a decent level. If you will be forgiven for the flaws in the pronunciation of consonant sounds, since the Chinese themselves have different dialects, then the tones are universal for everyone and necessary for understanding.

 

15. In China, you should only speak English to young people, students, service workers - they are more likely to understand you and be able to explain. The general study of English in China has spread not so long ago, and most people do not speak foreign languages. But many Chinese, except Putonghua, speak one of the seven dialects, for them dialects are often more familiar than common Chinese.

 

16. China is a multinational state, so "Chinese" is not a nationality, but a citizenship. 92% of the country's population are Han Chinese - the titular nation. Officially, the constitution recognizes another 55 national minorities, including Russians, Kazakhs and Uzbeks.

 

 

17. According to the constitution, there is no official religion in China. Although the country has the largest number of Christians and Muslims in the world, there are many of them simply because there are many Chinese themselves. Some are superstitious and adhere to old popular beliefs, but in general they are a people down to earth and practical. They themselves joke that the religion of New China is money.

 

18. Three topics with the letter "T", which are better not to talk with the Chinese (if you do not share their point of view): Tiananmen, Taiwan and Tibet. Tiananmen is a square in Beijing where protests took place in 1989, which are hushed up by the government. Also, do not try to convince the Chinese that Taiwan and Tibet have the right to independence, you will still fail, and the sediment will remain and they will stop communicating with you.

 

19. But what you can and should talk about with the Chinese is about food. Even instead of greeting, they always carefully ask their friends: “Have you eaten yet?” Chinese cuisine is not only noodles or rice! There are 8 culinary schools in the country, and each is unique in its own way. For example, in the provinces of Sichuan, Hunan and Hubei, dishes are very spicy, and in Guangdong, chefs only slightly emphasize the taste of fresh ingredients with various seasonings. So if you are asked if you like Chinese food, specify which one. The Chinese will definitely appreciate your knowledge of different cuisines and dishes. And if you don't like Chinese food, you just haven't found one you love yet.

 

20. To taste all the richness of Chinese cuisine, you need to learn how to eat with chopsticks. Practice before the trip at home and in Asian cafes, because the Chinese use forks and knives only in European restaurants. In all cafes, disposable wooden chopsticks are given free of charge, in Korean establishments, metal chopsticks, and in ordinary canteens, plastic ones. It is very convenient to eat with chopsticks: the rice is sticky, and all the ingredients in the dishes are cut into pieces.

 

21. The Chinese do not skimp on treats during feasts. Groups of friends and family usually eat at a large round table, both in restaurants and at home. Everyone has their own bowl of rice, and the rest of the dishes are shared. There is no need to reach to the other end of the table and ask someone to pass something: the dishes are on a rotating platform, which everyone turns in turn. So you can order many different dishes for everyone.

 

 

22. In China, you should definitely try the Chinese samovar hogo 火锅 (huǒguō), Peking duck 北京烤鸭 (běijīng kǎoyā), gongbao chicken 宫保鸡丁 (gōngbǎo jīdīng) from Sichuan, “burger” from joujiamo 肉夹鸍Shaanxi Province, Lanzhou-style noodle soup 兰州拉面 (lánzhōu lāmiàn) is Gansu's hallmark, numbingly spicy malatan soup 麻辣烫 (málàtàng) from Hunan, sweet and sour pork 糖醋里脊 (tángcù lǐ) and general Chinese fried rice with egg 鸡蛋炒饭 (jīdàn chǎo fàn). In major cities, there are many visiting chefs from different parts of China, so all these dishes are easy to find. At least one of these dishes you can't help but like.

 

23. Some products that are loved by us are very difficult to find in China. There are few dairy products here, a limited selection of cheeses, no kefir in our understanding, but sweet yogurt can always be found. Baking is also different, and there is no bread familiar to us. Almost all dough is sweet, even if it is pastries with meat. “Our” products are sold in imported supermarkets, but, of course, at exorbitant prices.

 

24. There are also 50 facts about Chinese tea without any problems, because there are a lot of varieties, all differ in taste, method of collection, storage, brewing, cost. The best black pu-erh tea is grown in Yunnan. High-quality teguanyin and dahongpao oolongs are in Fujian. You don't have to go to different provinces to buy different varieties, you will find the right tea at any decent tea market. The Chinese often drink tea (although they drink hot water more often). Tea ceremonies in everyday life are not as luxurious and long as in films, but all Chinese know about the rules and rituals of tea leaves.

 

25. WeChat (微信 wēixìn) is indispensable in China. For the Chinese, WeChat is almost a calling card. With any acquaintance, the first thing you will be asked is to be added as a friend on WeChat. The Chinese literally live in it: it is a social network, a messenger, mobile games, online government services, ordering food and buying tickets for any type of transport. There is also a built-in translator!

 

Another essential app is the Alipay e-wallet (支付宝 zhīfùbǎo). It is just tailored for mobile payments via QR codes, and you can easily attach a foreign bank card to it, so for a tourist trip it is even more important than WeChat. Always make sure that you have a charged phone and carry a portable battery in reserve, you cannot live without a phone in China now.

 

 

26. Everyone may have heard about air pollution in China. We hasten to assure you that this problem has already been solved or is being solved almost everywhere: harmful emissions are being reduced, the number of personal vehicles is being carefully limited, so smog is now rare in China, mainly in the north and in winter, because they are heated with coal. If you are concerned about air quality, you can monitor it in the AirVisual app.

 

27. It is very convenient to ride bicycles in China! In cities, bicycle paths along all major roads are equipped for this. But the coolest thing is that bikes can be rented almost everywhere, because there are several bike-sharing companies operating in the country. How to rent a bike from the street? Scan the QR code on the bike with the Alipay application, to which the card is linked for payment. The same can be done through WeChat, but it is more difficult to link foreign cards to it, so in a pinch, ask for help from Chinese passers-by and give them a few yuan in cash - they will never leave a foreigner in trouble.

 

28. If you prefer to travel by personal transport when traveling, then we have to disappoint you. China does not recognize an international driver's license, so you won't be able to rent a car here. Also, be extremely vigilant on the roads: Chinese drivers do not give way to pedestrians even at crossings and sometimes drive through red lights. Add to this mess motorcycles that do not have any rules, tuk-tuks and bicycles and cross the road, looking around three times. Of course, at big, busy intersections with traffic lights, everyone stops, but if you are crossing the road alone, it is better to patiently wait for all the cars to pass or until the locals come to the crossing. The Chinese have a magical ability to sense and calculate if they'll make it across the road, so usually pedestrians don't rush on zebras and drivers don't slow down.

 

29. The most popular and trusted taxi app in China is Didi (滴滴 Dīdī). It is also available inside WeChat and Alipay. It has an English version with a built-in translator to communicate with the driver, and you can directly link a foreign bank card to Didi. At airports and train stations, you can take city taxis, they charge by the meter.

 

30. China is relatively new to the path of reform, urbanization in the country is proceeding at a very fast pace, so people from the villages suddenly turn out to be urban residents who do not immediately master the cultural norms. Because of this, the older generation in China and yesterday's villagers are very simple people. While eating, they smack their lips and even slurp (because it’s delicious!), after eating they calmly burp and do not apologize, fart in public places, bite or cut their nails in public, allow children to urinate right on the sidewalks. The younger progressive generation condemns such behavior.

 

 

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Saint Vincent is a small state consisting of the island of the same name and the Grenadines - a small group of islets. The capital of Saint Vincent is Kingstown. The country is part of the Commonwealth of Nations. The island itself was discovered back in 1498 by Christopher Columbus. Catholics celebrate St. Vincent's Day, and the island received the same name on this day. There are other interesting facts about Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

 

Interesting facts about Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

 

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is considered an elite holiday area. This applies in particular to the island of Mustique. Here, members of the British royal family and other world celebrities come to rest. The island has many five-star hotels, entertainment venues, and beautiful beaches. Also, visitors have the opportunity to see many exotic animals and plants. Despite the high prices for goods and services, many tourists visit the island yearly. We have compiled a selection of the most amazing facts about St. Vincent.

 

 

1. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is an independent state located in the Caribbean Sea. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are part of the Commonwealth of Nations.

 

2. The country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is located in the Windward Islands, south of Saint Lucia and north of Grenada. From the west, it is washed by the waters of the Caribbean Sea, and from the east by the Atlantic Ocean.

 

3. The territory of this state is 389.3 km², which is 183rd in the world.

 

4. Its territory includes the relatively large island of St. Vincent and 32 small islands (Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Union, and others), which are part of the Northern Grenadines group in the Lesser Antilles archipelago, as well as Tobago reefs.

 

5. The flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a tricolor of three vertical stripes of blue, yellow, and green. In the center of the yellow stripe, 1/2 the length of the flag, three diamonds (rhombuses) are depicted in green, arranged in the Latin letter V - the first letter in the name of Vincent Island.

 

6. Christopher Columbus discovered the island of St. Vincent during his third expedition to the New World on January 28, 1498, on the day of St. Vincent, from where the name of the island came from.

 

 

7. The Carib Indians lived on the islands when the Europeans appeared. For more than two centuries, the Caribs fiercely resisted European colonization. The cannons of the Spanish coastal forts were directed inland since the Caribs posed a greater danger to the colonists than external enemies.

 

8. During the 17th and 18th centuries, the territory of St. Vincent alternately came under the control of the French or the British.

 

9. In 1719, the French began to grow coffee, tobacco, indigo, and cotton there. Enslaved Africans were brought in to work on the plantations. As a result of mixed marriages of runaway and formerly enslaved people with local Indians, a layer of "dark-skinned Caribs" (Garifs) appeared. Now, most of the population is made up of blacks and mulattos.

 

10. The British first took possession of St. Vincent in 1763, and it became a British colony under the Treaty of Versailles in 1783. In 1796, the British crushed an uprising of dark-skinned Caribs and exiled more than 5,000 rebels to one of the islands off the coast of Honduras.

 

11. At the beginning of the 19th century, sugar cane plantations appeared in St. Vincent, where enslaved people worked. After the abolition of slavery in the English colonies (1834), emigrants from India and Portugal were attracted to the islands as a labor force.

 

 

12. In 1925, the first legislative council was created on the island; in 1951, universal suffrage was introduced; in 1969, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines received the status of an "associated state" with the right to full internal self-government.

 

13. And the country gained complete independence on October 27, 1979, by the constitution drawn up in September 1978 in London. In the same year, 1979, the Labor Party, which won the parliamentary elections, formed a government.

 

14. In 1984, the New Democratic Party won, and its leader, James Mitchell, became Prime Minister. This party also won in 1989, 1994, and 1998.

 

On February 15, 2001, Parliament was dissolved. A month later, early parliamentary elections were held, in which the United Labor Party (ULP) won 12 seats and the New Democratic Party 3. The government was headed and formed by the leader of the ULP, Ralph Gonsalves.

 

COUNTRY COMBAT SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES

 

16. The coat of arms of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines consists of a cotton flower, an emblem, and a ribbon with the text "Peace and Justice" in Latin. The symbol is based on the colonial version used from 1907 to 1979, which depicts two women in classic Roman dress, one holding a palm branch and the other with clasped hands.

 

17. St. Vincent is a mountainous island of volcanic origin; its area is 344 km². The entire central part of the main island is covered with forest.

 

18. The islands of the Grenadines archipelago are small in size; the largest are Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Mero, and Union. Many of the Grenadines are surrounded by coral reefs.

 

19. The central part of the island of St. Vincent is occupied by mountains covered with forests. The highest point is the active volcano Soufriere (1234 meters). There is a lake in its crater. Soufrière erupted in 1718, 1812, 1902, and 1979.

 

20. To the south of it is a chain of gradually lowering cones of extinct volcanoes. Streams run down to the sea on the steep western slopes of the mountains, forming picturesque waterfalls and turning into turbulent streams after tropical downpours.

 

21. The eastern slopes are gentler, longer, wider, and more abundant rivers flow down them. The island's beaches are covered with black volcanic sand; the exception is the white sandy beaches at the southern tip of the island.

 

22. The climate here is tropical, trade wind, and humid. There are often intense hurricanes. Average monthly temperatures range from +24 to +28° C. The dry season lasts from December to April. The average annual rainfall on the southeast coast is 1500 mm, and in the interior mountainous regions - 3750 mm. 70% of precipitation falls from May to November.

 

23. The mountains are covered in places with dense tropical rainforests and shrubs. The fauna is rich in birds: the endangered St. Vincent Amazon parrot, a rare subspecies of the red-throated hermit thrush, and others.

 

24. Coastal waters abound with fish, crustaceans, and mollusks. Several forest and ornithological reserves operate on the islands for nature protection.

 

CAPITAL - CITY OF KINGSTOWN

 

25. The capital of the island of St. Vincent is Kingstown, which means “city of kings.” A little more than 40 thousand inhabitants live here.

 

26. The capital city of Kingstown is the largest in the state. Kingstown is located in the harbor on the southwestern tip of St. Vincent.

 

27. Since Kingstown was under British rule for a long time, its architecture was dominated by the colonial style.

 

28. The city has several old churches: St. Mary's, St. George's, and the Kingstown Methodist Church.

 

29. Kingstown is an important financial center where tax incentives attract many banks.

 

30. Also, it is the main economic center of the state. The rich soil of the islands allows you to grow various vegetables and fruits. Arrowroot grows here, which is added to desserts, sweet potatoes, coconuts, breadfruit, and bananas, which are the country's pride. Banana varieties such as figs and bluggo are considered especially popular.

 

31. Agriculture in the country specializes in producing bananas, coconuts, and arrowroot, starchy flour from arrowroot rhizomes. Among the local population, cassava tubers are widely used, from which choki cakes are made.

 

BOTANICAL GARDEN IN KINGSTOWN

 

32. Also, there is a Botanical Garden in Kingstown, founded more than 200 years ago in 1762. Plants from all over the world are collected here. The complex is the oldest in the entire Western Hemisphere. In its exposition, there are more than 450 species of tropical plants. In addition, there is an aviary for birds, including the endangered species of parrot - the Amazon.

 

33. The official language of the state is English. But in fact, the local population speaks Creole or Vincentian.

 

34. North of Kingstown are the ruins of Fort Charlotte, which was built in 1806 to guard the city and harbor. The Museum of the History of the Black Caribs is currently located here.

 

35. Hiking enthusiasts can walk along the nature trail Bookament-Vermont-Nature-Trail, during which the opportunity to wander through the rainforest and watch the birds.

 

36. On St. Vincent, as on other islands, there are many beautiful bays and white beaches framed by palm trees. Some of the islands are privately owned.

 

37. The combination of coral reefs and clear water is ideal for spearfishing.

 

 

38. The largest seaport is located in Kingstown. Arnos Vale International Airport is located near the capital. In addition to it, there are five more airports on the islands.

 

39. Local coins have the most diverse geometric shapes. This is because most of the locals are illiterate. This currency is expected in seven countries in the region.

 

40. There are unusual laws and traditions here. For example, do not do in St. Vincent: 1. Kick the ballot boxes. Every waste bin has its sponsor who will not like this treatment. 2. Walk without an umbrella. Generally, this is not forbidden, but the weather here is unpredictable. 3. Go to street bars. These are ordinary wooden stalls where a simple TV and music play. 4. Joking about religion. Very devout people live in St. Vincent, no matter what denomination they belong to.

 

41. Tobago Reefs is one of the most beautiful places in the Caribbean. They are uninhabited. Stunning corals grow here, and the variety of algae and fish is impressive. This area has been given the status of a National Park. Fishing on Tobacco is prohibited, and a severe fine is imposed for garbage thrown in the wrong place.

 

42. On the archipelago islands and beaches, they filmed Pirates of the Caribbean with Johnny Depp in the title role. The filming location has long been a center for excursions and pilgrimages. It is called Jack Sparrow Valley.

 

 

43. There is no rail connection in the country. Movement is carried out mainly by cars. The total length of roads in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is 1,000 kilometers. The hard coating has only a third of them. Tourists can rent a car. You can also use taxi services.

 

44. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are members of the UN and the Organization of American States. From 1958 to 1962, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines were part of the West Indies Federation. The country maintains economic ties with other states of the West Indies, being a member of the Caribbean Community and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States.

 

45. Oldheg Turtle Sanctuary is located on the island of Bequia. The staff of the reserve is working on the conservation of one of the rare species of turtles. Since many newborns die immediately after birth, the reserve workers, together with volunteers, collect newborn turtles and place them in a special nursery. There, young turtles learn to survive in nature on their own. Only after the young turtles can get food and take care of their safety are they released into the ocean.

 

46. ​​On the west coast of the island of St. Vincent, there are beautiful Balein waterfalls.

 

47. A particular type of acacia grows on the islands. Its pods are large, and the seeds begin to make sounds when dried. As a result, a fascinating musical instrument called “shak-shak” is obtained from huge pods.

 

 

48. The locals here live modestly, as in other developing countries. The lack of a medical and educational system and high unemployment led to the mass migration of residents to other countries.

 

49. Approximately 20% of residents experience difficulties in finding employment. It also has a meager birth rate. On average, one woman gives birth to no more than two children.

 

50. The country has banned the export of things of cultural value without accompanying documents. This also applies to corals and products from them.

 

51. Given the growing popularity of the resorts of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the demand for the purchase of real estate on the islands is also growing.

 

52. However, potential buyers are faced with several protective measures introduced by the state due to the small size of the territory. So, to purchase real estate, foreign citizens are first required to obtain a special permit and pay some fees.

 

53. The most popular real estate types are villas on the coast. The cost of such villas starts from $ 200,000. Apartments are less popular, but there is also a demand for them. Most of the apartments are rented out.

 

 

54. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is the perfect place for a beach holiday. All the islands have white sand beaches, and in the east of St. Vincent, you can see black sand beaches.

 

55. Although people go to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines for a beach holiday, you should remember the rules of conduct in public places. Outside the hotel, a bathing suit is considered unacceptable here. Moreover, you are unlikely to be allowed into a good restaurant in this form.

 

56. The islands of St. Vincent and nearby Kanukan and Bequia are where the best beaches, restaurants, and cafes are concentrated. St. Vincent is more crowded, and there is more entertainment, while on other islands, it is the other way around: there are many secluded bays and trails for hiking.

 

57. The country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is focused on elite tourism. The government is considered a fashionable resort. It has a well-developed infrastructure, beautiful nature, and excellent ecology. Tourists also have the opportunity to see many exotic animals and plants.

 

58. There are many five-star resort hotels in the country. Most of them are on the coast and have their beach and developed infrastructure.

 

59. Holidays in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are considered elite. Mustique Island is a holiday destination for celebrities. Such famous people as Bill Gates, the English royal family members, and Mick Jagger spent time here. The resort area organized here is superbly equipped. Horse riding and golf courses, magnificent beaches, exotic animals, and citrus orchards - all this is on the island. The prices are appropriate.

 

 

60. Despite the high prices for goods and services, many tourists visit the island yearly.

 

61. The monetary unit of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is the East Caribbean dollar. It is in circulation in 6 countries that are members of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States.

 

62. St. Vincent and Grenadine's cuisine is based on seafood. The main recipe of many menus here is grilled fish. Shellfish, shrimp, and lobsters are used in cooking, and three to three fish, are a local delicacy. It is prepared in various ways but always with curry and spices.

 

63. In addition to seafood, fruits and vegetables are used in local cuisine: sweet potatoes, arrowroot, bananas, coconuts, and breadfruit.

 

64. Of the drinks, tea, coffee, cocoa, and various juices are common. The islands produce rum, the basis of most cocktails, and brew beer.

 

65. Elite tourism brings the bulk of the income to the local budget. Also, St. Vincent is one of the most popular offshore zones.

 

 

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Italian Rome is one of the popular tourist destinations. And, in general, it is clear why guests from all over the world tend to visit the Eternal City. Incredible works of art, excellent cuisine, architecture can lure any travel lover, leaving the impression of visiting Rome for a lifetime and giving rise to the desire to return there at least once again.


Why is it said that all roads lead to Rome?


Bemorepanda has collected exciting facts ranging from ancient Rome to today's Rome, which may be the final push to encourage you to put this city on your following trip list. Or you want to learn more about it from other sources - books, online tours, films, which will also be good because knowledge is never extra.


Especially when it comes to a city with such a long history, by the way, if you are still going on a trip, some of our collection's facts will be useful to you, because they will help you protect yourself from violating local laws and traditions.


30+ Facts About Rome - The City Where All Roads Lead (For Travellers)


1. The law in Rome allows cats to live freely where they were born.


There are rules to protect wild cat colonies, as Italians are fond of cats. Cats are allowed to roam freely anywhere, even in famous historical places. Anyone who harms a cat in Italy can be charged with a crime.


By the way, according to some estimates, the cat population in Rome is 300,000 individuals. For cat lovers, there is a particular part of Rome that is a must-see on any visit. Among the ancient ruins of Largo di Torre, Argentina, is a cat sanctuary that currently houses over 250 cats.


2. Bruschetta originates in ancient Rome when olive growers spread their oil on a slice of bread.


It is generally accepted that bruschetta was created in Italy in the 15th century. However, the origins of this dish date back to Ancient Rome, when olive growers would take their olives to the nearest olive press and taste the freshly pressed oil using a slice of bread. Bruschetta is still a popular appetizer in Rome today.


30+ Facts About Rome - The City Where All Roads Lead (For Travellers)


3. Rome has over 2,000 fountains


Rome has more fountains than any other city, with over 2,000 in total, including 50 monumental fountains and hundreds of smaller fountains.


4. Nearly 1.5 million euros worth of coins are thrown into the Trevi Fountain in Rome yearly.


You must have heard of the Trevi Fountain coin tradition: with their backs turned to the fountain, visitors must toss a coin over their shoulder, hoping it will fall into the fountain. According to legend, if you throw one cash into the fountain, then you will return to Rome; if you throw two coins, then you will return and fall in love; and if you throw three coins, then you will return, fall in love and get married!


But what happens to all this money? Are other people tempted to take them out of the water? This is the case, as back in 2001, the then mayor of Rome issued a decree that the coins from the fountain would be collected by the municipality and then donated to charity.


Regularly assigned officers collect coins with a brush and a suction hose while police officers are on duty nearby.


30+ Facts About Rome - The City Where All Roads Lead (For Travellers)


5. In ancient Rome, only freeborn men were allowed to wear the toga, a sign of Roman citizenship.


Putting on the toga was easy, if manageable. A strip of fabric was folded lengthwise; one end was thrown over the left shoulder, the toga was thrown over the back, and the other end was passed under the right shoulder and thrown over the left shoulder in front. Wealthier citizens had a particular slave (vestiplik), which made this challenging task easier for them.


By the way, the length of the toga was from 3.7 to 6.1 m, so it is not surprising that an assistant was required to put it on. However, because putting on a toga was such a complicated matter, and besides, the outfit itself was costly, it gradually fell into disuse, first among citizens of the lower class, then among the representatives of the middle class, and began to be worn by the upper class only on solemn occasions.


6. Rome became the capital of a united Italy in 1870, taking over the title from Florence.


Rome was a candidate for the title of capital because of its symbolic importance in the history of Italy as a territory of the former Roman Empire and its even more advantageous position. The migration to Rome was in full swing when the Franco-Prussian War broke out in 1870.


30+ Facts About Rome - The City Where All Roads Lead (For Travellers)


7. St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican is the largest Christian church ever built.


Although St. Peter's Basilica is a revered gathering place and the leading tourist destination in the Vatican, it has another purpose. It is claimed to be the final resting place of Saint Peter, whose tomb is said to be under the basilica's main altar.


In addition, several generations of great masters worked on its creation: Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, and Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini - therefore, it is not surprising that St. Peter's Basilica is the most famous work of Renaissance architecture.


8. Cinecittà Studios, the largest film studio in Europe, is located in Rome


Roman Holiday (1953), Ben Hur (1959), La Dolce Vita (1960), Cleopatra (1963), Romeo and Juliet (1968), and many other famous films were made at Cinecittà. As you can see, the film studio is used for both American and Italian film production. Therefore, it is very likely that the film you like was made at this film studio!


More than 3,000 films have been filmed here, 90 of which have been nominated for an Oscar, and 47 have won. In the 1950s, several international productions led to Rome being nicknamed "Hollywood on the Tiber."


30+ Facts About Rome - The City Where All Roads Lead (For Travellers)


9. Rome has a museum entirely dedicated to pasta.


It makes sense that the world's only pasta museum is in Rome, Italy, as the country is known for its perfect combination of flour, water, and salt.


10. Paris is the only official sister city of Rome.


With the motto “Only Paris is worthy of Rome; only Rome is worthy of Paris,” Rome and Paris have been the only sister cities since 1956.


Twinning between the two cities is, first of all, a symbol of cooperation and mutual assistance. However, in addition to the character, this partnership allows Parisians free access to many of Rome's museums (Musei Capitolini, Galleria d'arte moderna, Museo Civico di Zoologia, Museo di Roma) and vice versa (free admission for Romans to the typically paid temporary exhibitions of Paris museums).


11. Not a single building in the center of Rome can be higher than St. Peter's Basilica (136 meters) in the Vatican


No building in the central area of Rome, bounded by the walls of Aurelian, can be higher than the dome of St. Peter's Basilica, which rises to 136 meters. Torre Eurosky (Eurosky Tower), a skyscraper built in the EUR area (EUR) in 2012 (outside the prohibition zone), has a height of 155 meters and is the only building exceeding this limit.


30+ Facts About Rome - The City Where All Roads Lead (For Travellers)


12. There are over 900 churches in Rome


Rome has over 900 churches, which is no surprise given that no other city is so closely associated with the Catholic faith.


13. Trajan's market is believed to be the world's first indoor shopping center. A variety of goods were sold there, including groceries.


30+ Facts About Rome - The City Where All Roads Lead (For Travellers)


14. There are at least 40 ancient catacombs under Rome.


While many Romans built ornate roadside tombs, Christians buried their dead in the labyrinths of the catacombs. By excavating pliable tuff (light, cemented, porous rock), miles of underground tunnels were laid, which became the graves for many ordinary Christians, saints and martyrs.


15. Smoking is prohibited in all public places in Rome


Smoking is prohibited in closed public places and workplaces, such as government, medical and educational institutions, and places frequented by minors. However, smoking is allowed in designated smoking areas in some public places and workplaces such as bars and nightclubs.


30+ Facts About Rome - The City Where All Roads Lead (For Travellers)


16. The Spanish stairs are not Spanish


These 18th-century Baroque steps that descend from the Trinita dei Monti church to the Piazza di Spagna below were created by an Italian architect at the request of a French diplomat. The square and the staircase owe their name to the Palazzo di Spagna (Palace of Spain), the residence of the Spanish ambassador to the Holy See in the Vatican.


17. The symbol of Rome is a she-wolf who took care of the brothers Romulus and Remus, the mythological founders of Rome


According to the Roman founding myth, the twins Romulus and Remus were left in the forest under the command of King Amulius of Alba Longa. They were fed and protected by a she-wolf until they were found by a shepherd named Faustulus.


The image of a she-wolf breastfeeding twins has been a symbol of Rome since ancient times and is one of the most recognizable icons of ancient mythology.


30+ Facts About Rome - The City Where All Roads Lead (For Travellers)


18. Women in ancient Rome dyed their hair with goat fat and beech tree ash.


Roman women were very fond of dyeing their hair. The most popular colors were red, black and blond. Even by law, prostitutes had to be blonde to distinguish themselves from ordinary Roman women. However, despite this, the locals continued to dye their hair. Various substances were used to create different colors, including goat fat, beech ash, henna, saffron, and bleach.


Numerous methods for obtaining dyes also included boiled and crushed walnuts, burnt and charred ant eggs, rotting remains of game, or various types of xia with soaked and rotten leeches that were aged in red wine for 40 days.


19. Rome's first university, La Sapienza, founded in 1303 AD, is one of the largest universities in Europe


Sapienza served as the leading educational institution for most of the Italian aristocracy. Numerous Nobel Prize winners, Presidents of the European Parliament and European Commissioners, heads of several countries, prominent religious figures, scientists and astronauts are just some of the notable Sapienza alumni.


30+ Facts About Rome - The City Where All Roads Lead (For Travellers)


20. Rome was founded in 753 BC.


Romulus and his twin brother Remus are said to have founded Rome on April 21, 753 BC. just in the place where they were nursed by a she-wolf when they were orphaned babies.


21. The Vatican, the smallest country in the world, is located inside Rome


The Vatican, with an area of only 49 hectares, is the smallest country in the world. In addition, it is the only country in the world located inside another city.


The Vatican has religious and cultural attractions such as St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums. They feature some of the world's most famous paintings and sculptures. The Vatican's unique economy is supported financially by donations from the faithful, the sale of postage stamps and souvenirs, museum admission fees, and the sale of publications. There are no taxes in the Vatican and goods are sold duty-free.


30+ Facts About Rome - The City Where All Roads Lead (For Travellers)


22. All roads really led to Rome


The idiom "All roads lead to Rome" implies that all decisions, strategies or actions lead to the same result. However, this remark had a more literal meaning throughout the early Roman era. All the important highways of the Roman Empire did indeed lead directly to the capital, which was served by a developed network of roads.


At the peak of Rome's development, no less than 29 great military roads diverged from the capital, and 113 provinces of the late empire were connected by 372 great roads. In total, more than 400,000 kilometers of roads were laid, of which more than 80,500 kilometers were paved with stone.


23. Frascati and Castelli Romani are the most famous white wines in Rome


Frascati wines, the most revered of the nine Castelli Romani (Roman castles), are often called "golden wine" by locals because of their golden hue and high price. The fermentation process that takes place in this area while the grapes are still in their skins is what gives the wine its color.


30+ Facts About Rome - The City Where All Roads Lead (For Travellers)


24. Italians call their capital Roma


In the Latin used in ancient Rome, the original name of the city was Roma. Most likely, the city owes its name to Romulus, who founded it.


25. The flag of Rome consists of vertical stripes of red and yellow, the two colors of the city.


According to the consummate urban portraitist Renzo Vespignani, the color of Rome is the yellow ocher of burnt bread, which, unsurprisingly, is a combination of red and gold.


26. Oscar Wilde called Rome the "Scarlet Woman" and "The Only City of the Soul"


The already well-known Oscar Wilde considered honeymooning his fiancee Constance in Rome in 1884, but decided to take her to Normandy and Paris instead. Wilde did not spend much time in Rome until almost the end of his life.


30+ Facts About Rome - The City Where All Roads Lead (For Travellers)


27. There are about 60 museums in Rome


Rome is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, and museums are a great way to experience its history and culture. The museums of Rome also contain masterpieces by artists such as Michelangelo, Raphael, Bernini, Caravaggio, Cavallini and many others.


28. Rome has only hosted the Olympics once: the 1960 Summer Olympics


The XVII Olympiad, or 1960 Olympic Games, was held in Rome, Italy from August 25 to September 11, 1960. There were many innovations at these Olympic Games, for example, they were shown on television for the first time, the Olympic anthem was played for the first time, and for the first time an Olympic winner ran barefoot!


By the way, the Soviet Union won the most gold and overall medals at the 1960 Games.


30+ Facts About Rome - The City Where All Roads Lead (For Travellers)


29. Rome Termini train station is one of the busiest stations in Europe, serving more than 180 million passengers annually


Rome Termini is likely to be a stopover on your itinerary whether you arrive in Rome by plane, train or ship. The name of the station comes from the Termini area, which takes its name from the Roman baths (thermae) that once stood there.


Termini Station is the second largest railway station in Europe after the Gare du Nord of Paris, which receives 200 million passengers every year.


30. In 2016, Rome for the first time in its history and an Italian political party) faced nationwide polls two years later, when it received almost twice as many votes as its closest rival.


30+ Facts About Rome - The City Where All Roads Lead (For Travellers)


31. Rome is one of the most visited cities in the world


Rome tops the list of Italian cities most loved by travelers from all over the world, hosting 25 million foreign visitors annually. The Colosseum, St. Peter's Basilica and the Trevi Fountain are just a few reasons why the Italian capital is still considered the Eternal City.


Like other Italian cities, Rome levies a tourist tax that helps maintain public transport and infrastructure. It varies from 3 to 7 euros per person per night depending on the hotel or other type of accommodation used (children under 10 years old are exempt from the tax and the tax is no longer charged after 10 days).


32. Rome has one of the smallest inhabited islands in the world.


Isola Tiberina (Tiber Island), a small island in the Tiber River, is located in Rome. It is tiny and barely reaches 270 meters in length. However, the Ponte Cestio and Ponte Fabrizio bridges make it easier to access.


30+ Facts About Rome - The City Where All Roads Lead (For Travellers)


33. Rome ranks 4th in terms of population in the European Union - 2.8 million people live within the city


In addition, Rome held the title of the largest city in the world for 550 years, from 100 BC. to 450 AD This includes a 250-year period at the beginning of the first millennium, when the population of the Italian capital reached 1 million.


The municipality of Rome is made up of 15 districts, each with over 100,000 inhabitants, while its metropolitan area is made up of 120 municipalities and has 4.4 million inhabitants, more than in other major European metropolitan areas.


34. The mayor of Rome officially opens the Christmas season by lighting the Christmas tree in Piazza Venezia.


The celebration of Christmas in the city officially begins with the lighting of the Christmas tree in Piazza Venezia. All this marks the beginning of the holiday season.



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The Republic of Palau is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. At least, this is how those who visit this island nation usually speak of it, admire the green islands growing from the sea surface and dive underwater, seeing with their own eyes the fantastic underwater world of Palau. It is as beautiful as the travel brochures promise.

 

Amazing facts about Palau

 

The country of Palau is, as it were, an independent state, but at the same time, as it were, not. It is associated with the United States; that is, it partially controls and undertakes, if necessary, to provide Palau with protection and patronage.

 

 

1. The Republic of Palau is one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

 

2. This is how those who visit this island nation usually speak of it, admire the green islands growing from the sea surface, and dive under the water, seeing with their eyes the fantastic underwater world of Palau.

 

3. Palau is an island state in the northwest of Oceania. It occupies the extreme western part of the arc of the Caroline Islands.

 

4. In the west and north, the country is washed by the waters of the Philippine Sea. The country consists of 26 large and more than 300 small islands. Most of the islands are covered with evergreen tropical forests.

 

5. They are divided into two groups: southwestern (Tobi Islands, Sonsorol Islands, and others) and the Palau Islands proper. Most uninhabited of the 328 islands that make up the Republic of Palau.

 

6. In the past, the Palau Islands belonged to Spain, Germany, Japan, and the United States.

 

7. The Republic of Palau received independence from the USA only in 1994, which makes it one of the youngest states in the world.

 

8. The official currency of Palau is the US dollar.

 

WATERFALLS OF PALAU

 

9. About 21 thousand people live in the entire Republic of Palau. This is about 600 times less than in Moscow. And from year to year, it practically does not change.

 

10. English here has official status on a par with Palauan, but in practice, only about 15% of the population speaks it. Primarily those who work with tourists.

 

11. Almost all Palauans profess various denominations of Christianity, but about 9% adhere to the Modekngei religion, which is not found in other countries. It combines elements of Christianity and traditional local beliefs.

 

12. The Spanish navigators called these islands “Enchanted” because they could not reach them due to storms and strong headwinds, although they tried repeatedly.

 

13. The climate here is one of the best on the planet - all year round, the air temperature here is from 25 to 30 degrees, give or take.

 

14. Precipitation here is more than 3000 mm per year, and humidity averages about 80%. February and March are the driest months, while June to August is a period of prolonged tropical rains.

 

15. Typhoons are rare here, as Palau is outside the typhoon belt, but sometimes they still sweep over the islands (usually between June and December). The island's water temperature is about 20 ° C all year round.

 

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF PALAU

 

16. An important attraction is the National Museum of Palau - a good enough place to understand the national culture and history.

 

17. Here, you can also find several interesting natural and ethnographic exhibits: the head of a 5-meter crocodile, the largest ever caught on the islands, beads, and money from shells, sea charts from cords and sticks, carvings and other items of local history and crafts, a beautiful traditional "bai" (joint meeting center) made of wood and straw, as well as a small collection of Japanese military equipment from World War II.

 

CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL MUSEUM

 

18. The Dolphin Center near the coast of Koror, the International Center for the Study of Coral Reefs with a beautiful aquarium, deserves attention here.

 

19. The best resort complex in the country is Palau Pacific Resort, with an extensive range of entertainment, a first-class dive center, and a secluded resort complex Carolines Resort.

 

20. Here is the famous Blue Corner dive site (closer to the Rock Islands), where you can expect to meet any sea creature - there is an incredible variety of fish and crustaceans, nurse sharks, barracudas soft and hard corals.

 

UNDERWATER WORLD IN THE WATER WASHING PALAU

 

21. About 130 sharks live in the waters washing the shores of Palau. And there are about 1500 species of other fish.

 

22. There is no army at all in this country.

 

23. There are no political parties here.

 

24. Here is one of the natural wonders of the world, Jellyfish Lake, which several million of them exist. They have bred so much due to the lack of natural enemies and therefore have lost the ability to sting.

 

25. the giant bivalve mollusks in the world live in the coastal waters of Palau - giant tridacna, up to 2 meters in diameter and weighing up to 220-250 kilograms.

 

ANGAUR ISLAND

 

26. Angaur Island, or Ngeur (only 8 square kilometers), is the southernmost in the Palau group of islands. This is a somewhat mysterious and calm place with only two villages and 188 inhabitants.

 

27. This island became famous for its phosphate mines, which the Germans began to develop in 1909. Now, on the site of mines and quarries, green ponds serve as the home of a small colony of crocodiles.

 

28. By the way, this is also the only place in the country where monkeys live - macaques that escaped from the cages of German miners at one time formed an utterly independent population and feel great among the green thickets of Angaur.

 

29. Another unique feature of the island is the dominance of the three official languages ​​- English, Japanese, and Angaur (Western Austronesian group), as well as the country's first casino, opened by the national congress's decision in 2003.

 

30. There is virtually no crime in Palau.

 

CITY OF KOROR IN PALAU

 

31. Koror - the economic center and former capital of Palau - is located on the island of the same name. Now it is a much less vibrant city compared to the time when it was dominated by the Japanese, with a leisurely Micronesian pace of life, with a complete absence of crowds and bustle.

 

32. Here you can still find the remains of the traditional past, but at best this city is an excellent place to relax for a day or two, no more. But from here, starting a trip to Peleliu, Angaur, the Rock Islands, and many popular dive sites is very convenient.

 

33. The underwater world of Palau is vibrant. The vertical walls of the rocks, sheerly going into the abyss, are covered with a variety of bright corals - these are soft corals and fans of gorgonians and openwork colonies of macroporous corals. The total number of coral species in Palau reaches 700.

 

34. Various invertebrates live among the corals: starfish, Gorgon's Head brittle stars, crabs and shrimps, sea urchins, colorful nudibranchs, and huge pleurobranchia. At the bottom, huge tridacnas with bright mantles of different colors are visible: emerald green, blue, and purple.

 

35. Various tropical fish live near coral thickets, including giant Napoleon fish. In the water column near the steep outer walls of the reefs, pelagic fish are found in large numbers: tuna, marlin, mackerel, and barracuda.

 

 

36. In the Ulong Channel - a natural channel in the barrier reef - at a depth of 20 meters on a sandy plateau at the entrance to the track, whitetip and gray reef sharks constantly swim with cleaner fish. Diving with whitetip and gray reef sharks is unforgettable.

 

37. Saltwater crocodiles are found in Palau, and dives with crocodiles are organized for lovers of the exotic.

 

38. In addition to diving in the sea, dives are organized in Lake Medusa. The jellyfish here are similar to the Black Sea corners but differ in their orange color and the fact that they have lost their stinging cells during evolution. Dives are carried out in the first set; below 10 meters, the water is toxic.

 

39. Just 35 kilometers south of Koror are the famous Rock Islands - one of the best places for outdoor activities in the Pacific Ocean. The mushroom-shaped limestone rocks of this island group (about 200 islets and reefs in total) are covered with a robust vegetation cap, and the waters around are considered one of the most abundant places on Earth. Therefore they serve as a recognized Mecca for divers.

 

40. The main points of attraction here are the famous Ngemelis coral wall, which begins at the surface of the water and goes to a depth of 300 meters with a continuous cover of sponges, soft corals, gorgonians, and giant black coral “trees.”

 

BEACHES ON THE ROCK ISLANDS

 

41. Also, on the Rock Islands, there are many snow-white shores of coral sand, caves with stalactites and underground channels, ancient petroglyphs (especially on the island of Oolong), and other traces of ancient peoples (fascinating is the quarry where stone money of the Yapese culture was made, located in a cave near Airer-Channel).

 

42. There is no public transport in Palau at all. All residents use their vehicles.

 

43. And the guests of this state have only two options - to rent a car or a motorcycle or to use a costly taxi.

 

44. Due to the particular historical conditions of the country, it is impossible to single out any specific local cuisine here. Most traditional island dishes are variations on recipes from Polynesian and Melanesian peoples, with a substantial admixture of Japanese, Filipino and American cuisine.

 

45. The main elements of the traditional cuisine of Palau are coconut milk and copra, cassava (tapioca), sweet potatoes, and all kinds of fish and seafood.

 

46. ​​Diplomatic relations between Palau and Russia were established only in 2006.

 

47. The only products exported here are coconut meat (copra) and some seafood.

 

48. Theft is not universal in Palau.

 

49. Slightly less than 10% of residents are not literate.

 

50. Locals are eager to help tourists determine the best fishing spots, so marlin, sailfish, tuna, mahi-mahi, and wahoo in a center and a half are not rare guests in the catches of sport fishing enthusiasts.

 

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When you know the answer to something no one else in the room does, it makes you feel like a genius. So, if you're a fan of the little things, want your next night to be memorable, or just love learning new things that no one else knows about, you've come to the right place. You never know when you'll need to pull those facts, which is part of the fun. So, we invite you to play with us and check out our list of random facts.

 

Is there any useless information? Never. All those little random, interesting, funny, scary facts, or did you know that the facts you store in your brain exist for a reason and are sure to come in handy someday...even if it's just for you to could beat your best dude or surprise a bored toddler on a family field trip. Just in case you don't have enough information cluttering your brain, here are some more fun, interesting, or just plain fun tidbits to keep on hand.

 

Interesting and funny facts about animals

 

1. The fur of polar bears is actually clean, and their skin is black.

 

2. Baby flamingos are born grey, not pink.

 

3. A woodpecker's tongue actually wraps around its brain completely, protecting it from damage when it hits a tree.

 

4. The shrimp's heart is in its head.

 

5. Elephants suck their trunks for convenience.

 

6. Anteaters have no teeth.

 

7. Nine-banded armadillos always have quadrupeds, and they are always identical.

 

8. Wombat poop is cube shaped.

 

9. A flock of flamingos is called brightness.

 

 

10. Hippos and horses are actually distant relatives.

 

11. All clown fish are born male.

 

12. In the UK, the Queen legally owns all unmarked swans.

 

13. In order not to disperse, sea otters hold hands during sleep.

 

14. Goats have an accent.

 

15. Dolphins give each other names.

 

16. Gorillas can catch a cold, although you can probably still go to the zoo with a runny nose.

 

17. Forget bald eagles. The turkey was once almost called the national bird.

 

 

18. A group of owls is called a parliament.

 

19. There are 32 muscles in a cat's ear.

 

20. Snails can regenerate their eyes.

 

21. Want to know if your pet turtle is a boy or a girl? Listen carefully! Female turtles hiss and male turtles grunt.

 

22. A starfish can turn its stomach inside out.

 

23. French poodles are actually from Germany.

 

 

24. Seahorses mate for life and are often seen telling each other stories.

 

25. A group of porcupines is called a thorn.

 

26. Andrew Jackson's parrot had to be removed from his funeral because he wouldn't stop swearing. Polly wants to rinse her mouth.

 

27. Sloths can hold their breath for up to 40 minutes.

 

Interesting and funny historical facts

 

28. Henry VIII knighted all four of his Grooms of the Chair - the men in charge of wiping his ass for him.

 

29. Jeanette Rankin was elected to Congress four years before women could vote.

 

30. Women could not apply for a bank loan until 1974.

 

31. Before the invention of modern artificial teeth, dentures were usually made from the teeth of dead soldiers.

 

32. In ancient Egypt, servants were smeared with honey so that flies would fly to them instead of the pharaoh.

 

33. It was once considered blasphemous to use a fork.

 

34. Abe Lincoln was a champion wrestler. He was also a licensed bartender. Maybe they should call him Abe of all trades.

 

35. George Washington owned a whiskey distillery.

 

 

36. More than two percent of the American population died during the civil war.

 

37. Joseph Stalin removed people from photographs after their death or dismissal from office.

 

38. Since 1945, all British tanks have been equipped with everything necessary for making tea.

 

39. Pope Gregory IV once declared war on cats because he thought Satan was using black cats. His statement led to the mass extermination of cats.

 

40. The absence of cats led to an invasion of rats, which led to the spread of the plague.

 

50. John Adams was the first president to live in the White House.

 

51. Go to sleep! Chernobyl, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and the Challenger explosion are all linked to lack of sleep.

 

Interesting and funny travel facts

 

52. The average person living in Sweden eats about 22 pounds of chocolate a year.

 

53. Although the Wright brothers are known as a couple, they actually flew together only once. They promised their father that they would always fly separately.

 

54. In Montana, there are three times more cows than people.

 

55. Parts of the Great Wall of China were made from sticky rice.

 

56. Ninety percent of the world's population lives above the equator.

 

57. There are more saunas in Finland than cars.

 

58. Sixty percent of the world's lakes (three million in total) are located in Canada.

 

59. Virginia is the only state that has the same staff flower and staff tree - Dogwood.

 

 

60. Think before the season. In Egypt, it is considered incredibly rude to salt the food you have been served.

 

61. Ninety percent of the territory of Libya is desert.

 

62. The height of the Eiffel Tower can vary up to six inches, depending on the temperature.

 

63. Do you spend too much on drinks when you eat out? A small town in Italy has a fountain that serves free wine.

 

64. Pilots and their co-pilots should eat differently before the flight so that both of them do not get sick with food poisoning.

 

65. About 600 Parisians work on the Eiffel Tower every day.

 

66. Do you want to go to Rome? Which one of? Six of the seven continents have a city called Rome. (You really fell, Antarctica.)

 

67. When you visit Key West, you are actually closer to Havana than Miami.

 

Interesting and fun facts about music

 

68. Mary, known as "Mary Had the Lamb", was a real person and the song is based on real events.

 

69. Happy Birthday was the first song ever played on Mars. Mars Rover Curiosity played this song to itself on its first anniversary on the planet.

 

70. When you listen to music, your heart is in sync with the beat.

 

71. President Nixon was an accomplished musician. He played five instruments, including the accordion.

 

72. Is the song stuck in your head? This is called an earworm.

 

73. None of The Beatles could read music.

 

74. However, George Harrison was reportedly able to play 26 instruments.

 

 

75. Barry Manilow didn't actually write I Write Songs.

 

76. Metallica is the only band to play on all seven continents.

 

77. Most department stores tend to play music slower to slow down shoppers and make them shop longer. The reverse is true for restaurants.

 

78. Monaco's orchestra is bigger than its army.

 

79. A concert promoter once sold a thousand tickets to a Spice Girls concert in Hawaii that were never booked. Maybe that's where the idea for Fyre Fest came from.

 

80. Leo Fender, inventor of the Stratocaster and Telecaster, couldn't play the guitar.

 

 

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