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Unveiling Belarus: Beyond the Underrated Beauty

Belarus is a landlocked country located in eastern Europe. It borders Russia to the east, Ukraine to the south, and Poland, Lithuania and Latvia to the west. They all belong to Eastern Europe, and everyone is familiar with its neighbors Russia, Poland, and Ukraine, but Belarus, which occupies the “C position”, is always ignored. Some people even ask, is Belarus a part of Russia?

Although Belarus has never been a popular tourist destination, it is the “Land of Ten Thousand Lakes” surpassing Finland. Moreover, the Russian style here is not inferior to that of Russia. It is also rich in beauties like Ukraine and is relatively friendly to the Chinese.

More importantly, since August 10, 2018, the “30-day Mutual Visa Exemption Agreement between China and Belarus” has officially come into effect. Chinese citizens can hold ordinary passports and stay in Belarus for no more than 30 days without a visa. You can stay up to 90 days per year without a visa.

In other words, this is a tourist destination that you can visit as soon as you want. Unfortunately, many people never put her on their travel list.

Belarus has never been a popular tourist destination. When doing research, you will find that travel notes related to Belarus are always connected with countries such as Russia, Ukraine, and Poland. However, the first impression of every Chinese who has been there is that it is “clean”. “As far as the eye can see, there are forests, grasslands and lakes.”

Ms. Jing Ming, wife of the former ambassador to Belarus, once wrote an article commenting on the beauty of Belarus: The beauty lies in the sky. This country does not burn coal, and its energy consumption is mainly natural gas. There is no smog and the sky is clear all year round, with blue skies and white clouds; the beauty lies in the ground, with more than 200,000 square kilometers of land. The land is just a flat prairie, with only grass and crops, no bare land, no sandstorms, good weather all year round, and no need for water conservancy irrigation. Vast forests can be seen everywhere. Along the way to the Belarus Capital Airport, the tall and dense birch forests stretch for several kilometers and stand straight on both sides. The beauty lies in the water. There are no big rivers in this country, but there are many small rivers, more than 20,000, and one. There are more than 10,000 lakes of various sizes. Whether it is a river or a lake, the clear water makes people linger and feel relaxed and happy.

Indeed, Finland is known as the “Land of Thousand Lakes”, and Belarus is truly the “Land of Ten Thousand Lakes”. In addition, Belarus has a forest coverage rate of nearly 40% and is known as the “Lungs of Europe”. The air is quite fresh and is a natural of oxygen bar.

People who live by water always have some magnificent and fantastic stories. Belarus is naturally no exception.

It is said that in the past, the cries of people could be heard following the undulating blue waves of Svetiaz Lake. In order to find out who was hiding and crying in the lake, the fishermen cast their nets into the water. When people closed the net on the boat, they were surprised to find that hidden under the water was a beautiful girl with braids.

The girl told them: “You know, the lake will always punish those who pollute the lake water. But I have also lived on this land, and we have the same roots, so I will not punish you, but tell you a secret.” ”

The girl said her father had been the governor of the town of Svetiaz. One day, the prince from a neighboring country wrote a letter asking for help to her father, saying that he was attacked by enemies and hoped for help. The father summoned his soldiers to prepare for rescue, but he also missed the women and children in the town. If he can’t come back, who will protect these weak people?

The girl comforted him not to worry. The merciful God had told her in a dream that he would protect the city.

“My father went on a journey, but he never came back. The enemy defeated his army and came to the town of Svetiaz. The people of the country preferred to die. God was moved by their firm will. In an instant, the whole nation A few rays of sunlight shone down on the town. We closed our eyes and began to fall to the ground, and then we were all carried away by the current.” With that, the beauty disappeared. Then no one saw her again.

This story also explains to some extent the indissoluble bond between Belarusians and rivers and lakes.

The beauty of Belarus is naturally inseparable from its people.

Everyone who has been to Belarus will be conquered by the beauty of the girls on the street. Belarusians, Russians, and Ukrainians are all descendants of the ancient East Slavic people. However, compared with the Russian and Ukrainian peoples, the Belarusian people retain the purer blood and characteristics of the ancient Slavs. Therefore, it is also said that Belarus is the aristocracy of Russia.

In addition to having big eyes, a high nose, and a sculpted face, Belarusian beauties also have a “fatal advantage” – they have legs under their necks. There is also a beauty school here that specializes in training models. Many beauties from all over the country come here to study and receive training, which takes their beauty to the next level. Many of the best of them are active on T stages around the world.

Beauty is always a scarce resource. For a while, the outflow of beauties from Belarus became increasingly serious. President Lukashenko even ordered that the country’s beauties be restricted in the same way as pandas are protected, in order to protect beauties as a “national strategic resource.” “.

This beauty is also reflected in the inner world. When a Chinese diplomat accompanied his wife to the largest local food market to purchase, they fell in love with a dessert. Unexpectedly, the saleswoman recommended them to buy another dessert because “you have a good taste. This dessert It’s really delicious, but it took a long time, so I’m afraid it won’t taste that good.” I will not at all think that the other person is a “puncher” who is easy to bully just because of his foreign face.

Belarus is located on the transportation thoroughfare linking the East and the West. In addition, its land area is only more than 200,000 square kilometers. It has been the object of competition among European powers in history. It has been ruled by Kievan Rus, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, etc.

A large number of traces of this history can still be found in the historic city of Nesvizh.

In fact, the rus in the name of Belarus, Belarus, does not refer to Russia, but to the common ancestor of Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine – Kievan Rus.

Belarus has always been very sincere in its attitude towards its own history. For example, after the disintegration of the Soviet Union, Belarus has retained its historical legacy. The names of “Lenin Square”, “October Square” and “Trade Union Cultural Palace” are still there, and the center of Minsk is still dominated by Stalinist neighborhoods and buildings.

As for the pain of the past, Belarus has also engraved it in writing to alert future generations.

There is a war memorial in Khadin Village on the outskirts of Minsk. Khadin Village was an ordinary village in Belarus before the Soviet Union’s Great Patriotic War, with a total of 29 households.

On March 2, 1943, in retaliation for an ambush by White guerrillas, a small group of Nazi German troops broke into the nearby village of Harding, drove 149 people in the village, including 75 children, and the family dog ​​into a house and used flamethrowers. They were burned alive and the village disappeared. During the Great Patriotic War, there were many other villages like this that experienced misery and misfortune. Their residents were exterminated and these places were no longer inhabited. Throughout World War II, Belarusians sacrificed a total of 2.2 million people, accounting for a quarter of the country’s total population.

In order to commemorate Hardin Village and other Belarusian villages destroyed by fascism, the local government built an open-air war memorial on the original site of Hardin Village in 1969.

The memorial hall is located in a dense forest. All buildings are mainly black and red. Black represents the scorched earth, and red represents the blood of the deceased. There is a sculpture “The Unyielding Man” at the entrance, which is engraved with the sustenance of the deceased for the living: “Please kind people remember that we love life, the motherland and our dear you. We were burned alive, and we ask everyone : Turn grief into courage and strength, for the permanent peace and tranquility of this world, and for no one to be burned to death no matter when or where.”

In the early morning of April 26, 1986, a serious leak and explosion occurred in Reactor No. 4 of the Soviet Union’s Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The nuclear power plant was only 1.6 kilometers away from the Belarusian border. Due to the wind direction at the time, about 60% of the radioactive material fell on Belarus. In terms of land, 23% of Belarus’ land is polluted, 20% of agricultural land is abandoned, 15% of forests are polluted, and 27 cities and 2,646 settlements are affected.

Although the accident occurred in Ukraine, the most contaminated area was in Belarus.

It is worth mentioning that in Gomel Oblast, the most severely affected region, all the people most severely affected by the disaster were evacuated, and the state provided subsidies to each household to allow people to seek refuge with relatives and friends. But it was hard to leave the homeland. Five years later, the first group of people returned home; 10 years later, another group of people returned one after another. Although the environment has not been completely restored, the local people have returned home and accumulated rich experience for all mankind in the fight against nuclear radiation.

Belarus, which has gone through vicissitudes and suffered many hardships, has its own firm stance in diplomacy.

In 2016, the International Paralympic Committee decided to ban all Russian athletes from participating in the Rio Paralympics. European countries remain silent. During the entrance session on September 8, the Belarusian delegation not only waved their own national flag, but also raised the Russian flag high.

After the conflict between Russia and Ukraine broke out, Belarus has always been an important supporter of Russia.

Belarus is an important partner of China on the “One Belt and One Road” initiative. After 12 years of development, the China-Belarus Industrial Park, a cooperation project between the two countries, has attracted 113 companies from 16 countries and regions to settle in, becoming a major player on the “One Belt and One Road” initiative. ‘s pearl.

Although Belarus has had many sad past events, as a tourist destination, it is still a relaxed and enjoyable country, suitable for tourists who like a slow life.

This country loves art, and painters who sketch buildings and street scenes can be seen in the streets and alleys.

This is a unique collection of ethnic handicrafts, and handicraft stalls can be seen everywhere.

The beef here is of very good quality. The tender beef is poured with wine and made into kebabs. It is a common delicacy at various celebrations and parties.

The wine here is also worth tasting, and Minsk is a beer paradise.

The local people’s favorite food is potatoes. In Belarus, they can make more than 100 dishes with potatoes. Potato pancakes made of rye paste, flour and potatoes are their traditional food. Soup is also an essential part of every meal, especially red beet soup and cabbage soup.

Oh, by the way, one of the favorite dances of Belarusians is called “Brini”, which means small potatoes. This also shows the Belarusians’ affection for potatoes.

Someone commented: “Contrary to its dull reputation, Belarus is a progressive, modern, and clean place that is easy to like.” Are you willing to understand this “cute contrast”?

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