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Zanzibar, Tanzania, welcomes investors to help preserve historical sites

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Authorities in Zanzibar, Tanzania, welcomed local and foreign businesses on Monday to engage in the development and repair of ancient landmarks on the islands.

Buildings in Stone Town, a landmark on the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage List, were among those in need of restoration, according to Lela Mohamed Mussa, Zanzibar’s minister for Tourism and Heritage.

“We are urging investors to seize this chance to assist Zanzibar in restoring its historical treasures, which include buildings and caves,” Mussa added.

(210730) — ZANZIBAR (TANZANIA), July 30, 2021 (Xinhua) — A boy jumps into the sea for fun at sunset in Zanzibar, Tanzania, on July 30, 2021. (Photo by Herman Emmanuel/Xinhua)

The Stone Town of Zanzibar, which situated on a point extending out into the Indian Ocean on the western side of Unguja Island, is an excellent example of a Swahili trading town. The town, which grew along the East African coast and was influenced by Arab, Indian, and European cultures, kept indigenous characteristics to establish an urban cultural unit unique to the region.

Source: Xinhua News Agency

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An exhibition hall was created at a historical site to commemorate China’s anti-Japanese war

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The Beidaying military camp, a historical landmark in Shenyang, northeastern China, is being renovated. It is scheduled to reopen to the public as an exhibition hall to commemorate the traumatic history of the war against Japanese aggression.

On September 18, 1931, Japanese troops blew up a section of the railway near Shenyang and blamed the Chinese military. Using the explosion as an excuse, the Japanese attacked the Beidaying military base, where the Chinese army was stationed, as well as the city of Shenyang. The strike, known as the September 18th Incident, signals the start of Japan’s invasion of China. The relics of the Beidaying military camp were unearthed for the first time in 2010.

The local government launched a renovation project in 2018 to reconstruct it into a historical display hall. The hall, which will cover an area of more than 11,000 square meters, will house around 1,400 artifacts. As a reminder of the sad history, it is also intended to virtually recreate historical scenes using various multimedia approaches.

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Egypt’s south tomb of King Djoser opens to public

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Egypt on Tuesday opened the south tomb of King Djoser to the public after restoration in Saqqara necropolis near the capital Cairo.

The south tomb is located at the southwestern corner of the King Djoser funeral complex dating to the Third Dynasty, Old Kingdom period.

The restoration process was started in 2006 and involved conservation and restoration work of the lower corridors, strengthening the walls and ceilings, complete the interior inscriptions in the tomb as reassembling the granite sarcophagus.

A tourist takes photos inside the south tomb of King Djoser in Saqqara necropolis, south of Cairo, Egypt, on Sept. 14, 2021. (Xinhua/Mohamed Asad)

Photo shows stone buildings on the upper level of the south tomb of King Djoser in Saqqara necropolis, south of Cairo, Egypt, on Sept. 14, 2021. (Xinhua/Sui Xiankai)

Photo shows cobra heads decorated on the wall of stone buildings on the upper level of the south tomb of King Djoser with the Step Pyramid in the distance in Saqqara necropolis, south of Cairo, Egypt, on Sept. 14, 2021. (Xinhua/Sui Xiankai)

Photo shows the interior of the south tomb of King Djoser in Saqqara necropolis, south of Cairo, Egypt, on Sept. 14, 2021. (Xinhua/Sui Xiankai)

 

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