New Caledonia BASIC INFOMATION
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|21°7'26 / 165°50'49|
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33 Melanesian-Polynesian dialects
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|New Caledonia banks list|
New Caledonia Introduction
New Caledonia (French: Nouvelle-Calédonie), is located near the Tropic of Capricorn, in the South Pacific, about 1,500 kilometers east of Brisbane, Australia.
The area as a whole is mainly composed of New Caledonia and Loyalty Islands. As one of the overseas territories of France, in addition to the official language French, Melanesian and Polynesian are also commonly used here.
In terms of tourism, Xincai is not as developed as other Pacific island countries. In 1999, the number of tourists was 99,735, and tourism revenue was US$1.12 billion. Tourists mainly come from Japan, France, Australia and New Zealand. However, in recent years, tourists have increased and become one of the emerging tourist destination countries.
There are many shopping places around Noumea’s downtown square. One of the important places is the "New Jiba Bird Cultural Center", part of which is the zoo and botanical garden. Here you can enjoy Noumea’s world-famous aquarium corals. There are also tall and tall mountains, where you can breathe the freshest air. There is also the natural beauty of the east coast with its rich tropical plants and spectacular waterfalls. It is also a plantation area for coconuts and coffee. No matter you are on any island in New Caledonia, you can easily enjoy amusement.
For those who like water sports, you can freely drive sailing, swim or go deep-sea diving to explore the underwater world here. Other land sports include tennis, bowling, golf and so on.
In recent years, tourism has developed rapidly. In addition to Noumea, the tourist attractions include Loyati and Songdo. Loyati is composed of several smaller coral islands. The island is full of beautiful coral barrier reefs and various boneless delicious fish. Songdo is a beautiful island full of araucaria, where you can engage in activities such as water skiing and yachting.
New Caledonia is a culturally diverse country, inhabited by residents of all races: Kanak, European, Polynesian, Asians, Indonesians, Wallis, Andres... live together here. People have inherited the traditional heritage and culture of Melanesia, and have also been influenced by French culture, thus forming a unique and harmonious atmosphere. From the food, architecture, arts and handicrafts on the island, you can find the unique and amazing cultural fusion shadow.
In addition to the indigenous Melanesians, the New Caledonians are the descendants of French white criminals. Many descendants of criminals still live in the country. As the Melanesians, the Kanak people inherited traditional dances and music. These dances and music not only reflect their lives, but also become favorite performances of tourists who come here.
Although you don’t need to find the change after receiving good service in a few traditional restaurants and most European restaurants, tipping and bartering are not popular here.
New Caledonia is famous for its own branded stores, including a series of cosmetics and perfumes, which are not found in other Pacific island countries. Specialties, accessories and beer are also essential items on tourists' shopping list.
Noumea is the capital and main port of New Caledonia in the Southwest Pacific. At the southwestern tip of New Caledonia. The population is 70,000 (1984). Built in 1854, it was originally called "Port of France" and was changed to Noumea in 1866. The city is surrounded by mountains on three sides and the sea on the other. There is a reef island outside the port as a barrier. The water inside the port is deep and calm. It is one of the best ports in the Southwest Pacific. There is a sea airport, which is an important relay port for sea and air traffic between the United States and Australia. On the reef islet 16 kilometers away from the port, there is an iron lighthouse built more than a hundred years ago, which has become the symbol of Noumea. There are a wide variety of aquariums. Industries include nickel smelting, electric power, shipbuilding, and processing of agricultural products. Export nickel, nickel ore, copra, coffee, etc.