Fun in the Indian Ocean

The shape of the Indian Ocean, like two “hand in hand” to the left and right penguins. The Mande Strait, the Hormuz Strait, the Lombok Strait and the Straits of Malacca here do not know how many journeys, conquests and rises and deaths have witnessed.

Maldives’ diet, accommodation and rides can represent most of the features of the Indian Ocean island tour.

For the Chinese travellers who choose “Island Tour”, the Western Pacific is more like “the door to their own home”. The cultural difference is not too big. Even in the coastal areas of Guangdong and Hainan Island, similar scenery can be seen. The Atlantic Ocean is a bit “first-handed”. The old imperialist countries on both sides of the strait engaged in cultural output during the colonial period, and the Western/Anglo-American culture became the mainstream of the world, which inevitably led to “aesthetic fatigue.”

Therefore, traveling to the Indian Ocean has become a mysterious journey of “defamiliarization.” The language, religion, and diet of the countries around the Indian Ocean are very different from those of China. Such a “cultural shock” often makes people feel “sublimation” on the “grade”, so they are more and more popular.

In the Indian Ocean, the most famous and popular tourist destination is the Maldives. Maldives’ diet, accommodation and rides can also represent most of the features of the Indian Ocean island tour.

The Maldives is located about 400 kilometers southwest of the Malabar coast of India (the Indians are the second largest foreigner in the Maldives). Known as the “Necklace of God’s Necklace”, the beautiful archipelago is only 298 square kilometers, a smaller circle than the New Territories of Hong Kong; the population is just over 400,000, less than 3.7 million in the New Territories; the soil is coral Sand, agriculture and industry have no basis for development, and fisheries and tourism are the economic backbone of the country.

Due to its special geographical location, the Maldives has an airport in addition to the capital, Male, entering and leaving the country and jumping in the island, basically relying on boats or small seaplanes.

There are 1,192 islands in the Maldives, and some have been handed over to private development to entertain tourists – commonly known as “One Island One Hotel”. The hotel is divided into upper and lower classes, so the island is also. The most luxurious island is specially equipped with Chinese chefs to meet the “Chinese stomach” from afar.

However, for most Chinese people who are on vacation in medium-sized hotels, there is no Chinese chef to cook, and “eat” is very problematic. First of all, the Maldives is a Muslim country. It has its own restrictions on “seafood” foods. Many shrimps, crabs, and clams are not menuable. Secondly, there is no alcoholic beverage, and beer and seafood do not exist. Once again, the locals are not good at cooking: the technique is single, the seasoning is poor, and the heat is not well mastered.

To this end, the author went to the vegetable market in Malé – almost all of them are salmon, and the types of fruits and vegetables are very rare. This is the case for locals. Visitors also do as the Romans do: salmon Dunton, beef Dunton, but all old and chai, tasteless. I booked a large lobster on my birthday, but the taste was a big buck. The price of 1 liter of fresh water is as high as $7, and it hurts. It is said that many tourists carry checked mineral water.

When the state-owned enterprises from northern China set up a banquet in the cafeteria, the staple foods are steamed bread and fried dough sticks, and the dishes are scrambled eggs and stewed pork ribs. The long-time hometown flavor evokes the tears of the author, and the meal is more than three days on the island. many. At that time, the author’s mind actually revealed the plot written by Pu Yi in “My First Half of Life”: After Japan surrendered, he was forced to send to the Soviet Union, the breakfast on the train was rice porridge, salted duck eggs, this typical Northeastern rice made him extravagant.

Deep sea “latent”

The market for horses in Male is almost all salmon, and the types of fruits and vegetables are very rare. This is the case for locals.

Accommodation in the Maldives is more local, divided into “sand houses” and “water houses”. The former is a wooden house built on the beach, which can be heard by birds and birds; the latter is a wooden house standing on the water, which can see the tides and tides.

If you can’t swim, or the quality of your sleep is not high, it is best to choose a sand house. After all, walking on the ground will bring better psychological stability. Living in a water house will not fall into the water, but the waves will make the house shake gently.

The sand house is divided into a courtyard, a bedroom, and a washroom. It is not accurate to call it a courtyard. It is an area that extends out of the front door. There is no fence and it is covered with a raised wooden floor to separate it from the sand. There are two lounge chairs on the floor, a small round table, and the eaves completely cover this area. The sea breeze, lying on a lounge chair, drinking tea while reading a book, is still very pleasant. However, there is no hot water bottle in the local area. I took one with me and had hot tea.

The island hotel’s washrooms are huge. The sand house has a back door that goes straight to the shower room. After the game, you can wash the sea water and sand directly into the advanced shower room, and then take a bath in the bathtub. The shower is semi-enclosed and the eaves are only halfway covered. You can watch the stars while you are showering, or watch the strange lizards on the walls. The lizards here are everywhere, often passing through in front of them. There are also many birds. There is a kind of black and thin bird that is very daring. I often come to eat the soda cracker slag that I have dropped.

Every hotel has a “schedule” that is posted in the lobby. For example, there is a fishing project in the morning, a snorkeling project in the afternoon, a bonfire party in the evening, and a day off on weekends. Interested visitors can tick the form directly, write the room number, and then go to the lobby to gather and travel together.

The author went around the island for a week and made a detailed inspection of the topography and various projects. Unfortunately, 15 minutes have passed. Most Russians prefer sunbathing, and most Chinese love selfies. When hesitating between snorkeling and diving, he just approached the island’s diving lodge. Coach Li from Taiwan is very friendly and friendly. She thinks that snorkeling is less fun, and diving is easier for people who can’t swim, and more spectacular sights can be seen.

The potential fruit is interesting. If you don’t have to carry a very heavy oxygen bottle, it’s perfect. Wear a wetsuit, wear a blindfold, and the diving agency provides oxygen cylinders and ankles to get to the ocean.

For the first dive, you can dive near the coast. The coach will take people slowly into the sea. A little down from the sea, there is a rope tied to the stone, and the diver can pull the rope and dive. The sea here is slightly turbid and there are few fish.

The second dive can be “advanced”, take a boat for more than 20 minutes, drive to the center of the sea, and then a fierce plunged into the sea. The risk of a fierce child is that a huge impulse will wash away and flush the blindfold. The role of the eye mask is to wrap the eyes and nose, and the diver can only breathe with the mouth. Once the eye mask falls and breathes through the nose, it will drown. So the author drank the first seawater in his life. I heard that there were many kinds of viruses in the sea, and in a flash, there was a little fear of turning Godzilla.

The sights seen in deep sea diving are very magnificent. A group of brightly colored fish swim freely with the turbulence. The huge turtles cover a large area of ​​sunlight from above the head. The corals have different colors and their postures rise. In some caves, a pair of small eyes flashed slightly and disappeared. The only regret is that the devil fish (the manta ray) did not appear on the day. The coach took the author a few laps in the area where they often appeared, and finally returned without success.

In the evening, many tourists like to use a flashlight to catch crabs on the beach. It’s more interesting to see the stars. The Maldives is close to the equator, and the angles of the stars are very different from those seen in the high latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere. Standing on the beach, I thought I saw the Bojiang Sea, and I was still cheering, because the Po River seat was very difficult to see on weekdays, but when I checked the star map, I found that it was not right. One by one, I realized that the real “fighting the stars” – The usual North Star at the top of the head is now low on the horizon.

Volcanic wonders

Dense plants on the island of Mauritius

Mauritius on the east coast of the Indian Ocean is also very popular with Chinese tourists. Mauritius has a relatively small spending and a certain African style. Like the Maldives, Mauritius used to be a British colony. The island once had the world’s only dodo habitat, but the colonists came out less than 80 years and the Dodo was extinct. Nintendo’s game “Da Jingang: Tropical Cold” is based on the island.

Mauritius is a volcanic island that was erupted by volcanoes about 8 million years ago. The island of Mauritius forms the Musklin Islands together with Reunion Island on the west side and Rodrigues Island on the east side (belonging to Mauritius). The archipelago is a slide of the African plate at Reunion Island, which caused a series of submarine volcanic eruptions.

More specifically, the island is covered with creeks and rivers, mainly due to the introduction of seawater by cracks formed by lava. There is a colorful soil national park in southwestern Mauritius, the only region in the world with seven different colors of soil. Only volcanic ash rich in various metal elements will cause such a landscape. In addition to sea water and beaches, there are many species in Mauritius, and birds and plants are worth exploring.

Reunion, not far from Mauritius, is an overseas province of France with a high population density, with the exception of French whites, as well as Chinese, Indians and blacks. 94% of the local people believe in Catholicism. Due to the diversity of the population, the diet is also diverse, like curry is learned from Indians, fried noodles from Chinese immigrants, cassava cakes, corn cakes originated from African immigrants. Of course, French cuisine is the most.

The Reunionans called “small Europe” and the economy relied mainly on French aid. There are many cash crops on the island, such as sugar cane, vanilla and geranium, which can be used to make essential oils or sucrose. There are still active volcanoes that often erupt, and the eruption of magma for several months is worthy of appreciation.

In the north of Mauritius and Reunion, Seychelles is far from the Maldives. Seychelles has not only coral islands but also granite islands. Coconut is the country’s main cash crop, and there are also many coconut palms on the island. Unlike the Maldivian capital of Male, the island of Mahe, the capital of Seychelles, is located on the island of Mahe. The streets are neat, the coconut trees are windy and the beaches are clean, which is more popular among European tourists.

The selling points of the island are mostly natural scenery. The characteristics of several popular tourist islands in the Indian Ocean are similar: they are located on the Great Ocean route, mostly in the UK and France (former) colonies; the land resources are scarce, the economy is heavily dependent on fisheries and tourism; the price of daily consumer goods is high; the tropical climate; Sand white; a wide variety of species.

Because the ecological circle is small and the population is scarce, the local culture has not been carried forward. For example, the “artistic” gadgets of literature, music, and painting have not produced any important works in the local area. The fridge sticker is an example of a typical cultural output. In countries or regions with a long history or profound cultural heritage, when the economic level and manufacturing process reach a high level, the refrigerator stickers are generally very beautiful and contain creativity.

For example, the refrigerator that my friend brought back from Europe, the Q version of Van Gogh, is particularly cute. Russian craftsmanship is more common, but there is light on the face of Pushkin. China’s National Museum, the Palace Museum, and the Nanjing Museum’s refrigerator stickers are mostly cultural relics with unique flavors. The refrigerator that I bought through Singapore Airport is the most interesting. I use the meaning of the word “fine” to express that Singapore is both a “good” city and a “strict ban” city. It also lists such things as smoking and spitting. The fine amount of smashing and climbing flowers and trees can be said to be both practical and commemorative.

The refrigerators in the island countries of the Indian Ocean have rough workmanship, no creativity, and even embarrassment to buy back – the price of 10 dollars, it seems that it is similar to a few cents in the Yiwu wholesale market.

Obviously, the island is easy to relax, but it is difficult to export its own culture, or to export its own culture. Sometimes lying on a lounge chair against the sea, people will feel bored, blue sea and blue sky is amazing, but often lacks a civilized soul. However, this may be a proposition of anthropology. For most Chinese people who are tired of work, it is a bit too heavy.