The Maldives, long a popular tourist destination, has grown in strategic importance in recent years as China and India vie for influence in the region, and as Beijing pushes ahead with its global trade and infrastructure plan.
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Taiwan’s defence minister will skip an annual security conference in the United States and send a deputy instead, a move that could avoid inflaming already tense relations between Washington and Beijing, observers said.
Apis dorsata laboriosa, also known as the Himalayan giant honey bee or Himalayan cliff bee, is the largest bee in size in the world. They bees only exist in Nepal, and China’s Tibet and Yunnan. Photo: China Foto Press
Locals in Yunnan province, such as Dai, Lishu and Wa, have a tradition to collect and eat wild bee honey, because they believe that it can bring them longevity. Photo: China Foto Press
The honeycombs of the Himalayan cliff bee are huge, generally 1 meter in diameter and some can even reach 2 meters. Photo: China Foto Press
After bee collectors find cliff bee hives, they use smoke to drive the bees away. Photo: China Foto Press
After bee collectors find cliff bee hives, they use smoke to drive the bees away. A team of 8 to 10 people are needed to cooperate, of which three pull ropes to raise three honey collectors up to the honeycombs suspended on the cliff to collect honey. Photo: China Foto Press
Each year, they only collect once at one honey source and, as a tradition, they always leave enough honey for the bees to eat in the coming days. Photo: China Foto Press
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