Combining traditional food materials of the Han people with Miao and Dong ethnic groups, river snail rice noodles, or "Luosifen" in Chinese, is a dish of rice noodles boiled with pickled bamboo shoots, dried turnip, fresh vegetables and peanuts in spiced river snail soup.
The specialty, whose creation was listed as part of Guangxi's intangible cultural heritage in 2008, has become one of the most sought-after dishes after the hit documentary ‘A Bite of China’ mentioned it in 2012.
Workers process pickled bamboo shoots, an indispensable ingredient of the rice noodle. Photo: Xinhua
River snail rice noodles give the city a new way out as the number of instant river snail rice noodle manufacturers has been mushrooming and the online market has been expanding.
River snail rice noodle soup is boiled at a river snail rice noodles manufacturer in Liuzhou. Photo: Xinhua
The government of Liuzhou has been boosting a series of industries related to river snail rice noodle. The promotion of river snail rice noodles benefits the impoverished households in Liuzhou as the output value of the industry has reached six billion yuan (860 million US dollars) per year.
China's Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City, received over 19 million visitors in 2019, according to data released by the museum.
About 3.72 million visitors were aged between 30-40, and 3.52 million were aged between 20-30. About 2.65 million were under the age of 20, accounting for 15 percent of the total.
A total of 81 centenarians also visited the Palace Museum in 2019.
The museum had about 1.06 million foreign visitors in the past year.
The year 2020 marks the 600th anniversary of the Forbidden City. The Palace Museum was built on the base of the former imperial compound in 1925.
Bangladesh Cultural Festival 2020, a 21-day long national cultural event, was kicked off at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on Friday.
Hosted by BSA in association with the ministry of cultural affairs, the festival is scheduled to showcase the performance of five thousand performing artists of over one hundred cultural organizations from 64 districts and 64 upazilas at different venues of BSA.
Planning minister MA Mannan attended the opening ceremony at BSA’s National Theatre Hall. KM Khalid, state minister for cultural affairs, inaugurated the festival.
Presided over by BSA director general Liaquat Ali Lucky, Cultural affairs secretary Abu Hena Mostofa Kamal was present at the programme as special guest.
Speaking on the occasion Planning Minister MA Mannan said, “Culture is the fundamental requirement for the development of a nation. Countries like China has progressed and developed because of its cultural revolution. Even our independence and freedom are heavily influenced and indebted to the cultural revolution in the glorious past”,
He urged the cultural affairs ministry to help flourish the tradition and culture through such national festival and assured all sorts of support from the ministry, if needed.
Speaking at the programme KM Khalid, state minister for cultural affairs, said “We are starting 2020, the ‘Mujib Year’ marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman through the second such edition of this event. The festival will be followed by year-long cultural events in every district, with Dhaka being its last venue.”
BSA director general Liaquat Ali Lucky also described the BSA’s plans of the jovial celebrations marking Bangabandhu’s Homecoming Day on January 10 and his birth centenary on March 17.
After the inaugural seminar, Kazi Hablu and his orchestra presented the song ‘Joy Bangla, Banglar Joy’ which was followed by dance performance by BSA’s dance troupe, acrobatics by BSA performers, cultural performances by the artistes from Mymensingh and Gopalganj districts and ‘Jatrapala’ by artists from Jhenaidah district.
The 21-day festival features cultural programmes including chorus, dance and recitation themed on Bangabandhu and Liberation War, instrumental performance, local traditional games and sports, ‘jatrapala’, ‘baul’ songs, performances by specially-abled children, acrobatics, cultural performances by minority groups, puppet drama shows, documentaries and cultural performances based on government’s ‘district branding’ projects, solo dance and song presentations.
On the concluding day on January 23, the festival is scheduled to feature performance of three districts and three upazilas every day from 4 to 10 pm. Information on tickets for the ‘Jatra’ shows would be available on the BSA’s Facebook page.
Bangabandhu National Adventure Festival – 2020 will begin on January 11 in three hill districts, aiming to promote tourism and inspire new generation in adventures.
Nobo Bikrom Kishore Tripura, Chairman of Chittagong Hill Tracts Development Board and President of Bangladesh Adventure Foundation, disclosed this at a press conference at Sagor-Runi auditorium of Dhaka Reporters Unity on Thursday afternoon.
Chittagong Hill Tracts Development Board organised the festival in cooperation with Bangladesh Adventure Foundation , marking the Birth Centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Addressing the programme , NoboBikrom Kishore Tripura said Bangbandhu National Adventure Festival-2020 is the first of its kind in the country’s history.
The attractions of the festival included mounternring, cave discovery, hiking, trail run, rope course, sailing and others.
Palau’s strict environmental measures and ban on sun cream harmful to corals and sea life took effect on Wednesday.
Sun cream containing common ingredients, including oxybenzone, are not allowed to be worn or sold in the country from now on, reports BBC.
Palau, located east of the Philippines and north of Indonesia, has an economy that relies on tourism and fishing.
The island nation markets itself as a "pristine paradise" for divers who admire the coral reefs so much that they have dubbed them the underwater Serengeti.
A lagoon in Palau's Rock Islands is a Unesco World Heritage site. The country has a population of around 20,000 dotted across hundreds of islands.
The ban - which was announced in 2018 - prohibits sun cream containing any of 10 harmful ingredients. The list includes oxybenzone and octinoxate, which absorb ultraviolet light.
The International Coral Reef Foundation said the banned chemicals were "known environmental pollutants - most of them are... incredibly toxic to juvenile stages of many wildlife species".
The number of sun creams containing the harmful chemicals is declining. In 2018, experts said it was found in about half of creams and lotions.
When Hawaii announced a similar ban - which comes into effect in 2021 - major brands were quick to say their products were "reef bill compliant".
Other places to announce bans include the US Virgin Islands - where the law takes effect in March - and the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire.
Scientists have found that some chemicals in sunscreen can be toxic to coral reefs, which are a vital part of the ocean ecosystem as well as a popular draw for tourists.
But some critics say there are not enough independent scientific studies on the issue while others worry that people will suffer from too much sun exposure if they stop using the products, according to AP.
Some manufacturers, meanwhile, have already started selling “reef-friendly” sunscreen.