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One of the world's poorest countries takes you to a real Nepal

Among our many neighbors, Nepal has always been mysterious because of its special religious atmosphere. The country is located in the south of the Himalayas, bordering China's Tibet Autonomous Region, with a population of nearly 30 million, equivalent to the resident population of a city of Chongqing, but with a low per capita GDP, ranking fifth from the bottom in Asia.

One of the world's poorest countries takes you to a real Nepal

Nepal is a landlocked country with high mountains, especially in the north, where the snow does not melt all year round and where people are rarely seen. There are no distinct seasons in Nepal, only dry and rainy seasons throughout the year, and precipitation varies widely. During the dry season, it is difficult to find a drop of rain, while the rainy season often causes floods.

One of the world's poorest countries takes you to a real Nepal

Nepal is rich in forest and biological resources, and the ecology is largely untouched, a fact that the Nepalese are proud to have written into their national anthem. However, it is also clear that the level of industrial development is very low.

One of the world's poorest countries takes you to a real Nepal

Nepal remains one of the world's least developed countries, with more than 80 percent of the local population engaged in traditional agriculture, mainly growing crops such as sugar cane and rice, and is basically self-sufficient in food. But industry can only do some basic processing, and nearly 30 percent of annual state spending comes from borrowing and aid from other countries.

One of the world's poorest countries takes you to a real Nepal

Nepal's supporting industry is tourism, and because of its outstanding natural beauty, countless people from East Asian countries such as our country and India visit every year. However, in the last two years, due to the epidemic, the Nepalese government has banned tourists from climbing snow-capped mountains, and the overall tourism industry is on a downward trend.

Nepal is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country with a wide variety of local lifestyles. Kathmandu, the capital city, is the most visited city and has many well-preserved ancient temples, reportedly upwards of 2,000, so it is common to see backpackers from all over the world seeking a spiritual journey here.

One of the world's poorest countries takes you to a real Nepal

In the streets of Kathmandu, you can find a variety of restaurants, all built by local residents to please tourists. Most of them are Chinese and Indian restaurants. The attitude of the locals towards Chinese tourists seems to be friendly on the surface, but you have to beware of being ripped off when you visit, and you can boldly bargain for all kinds of places you need to spend money.

One of the world's poorest countries takes you to a real Nepal

There are no traffic lights in Nepal's cities, so traffic is somewhat chaotic, and with the low average income of people who like to expand their own houses in the city, the whole street looks congested even in the capital.

One of the world's poorest countries takes you to a real Nepal

Since most of the locals are Hindu, Nepal has many peculiar native customs and various mysterious religious rituals, and these are often what attracts tourists. It is said that Nepali girls get married at least twice in their lifetime, and their first marriage is to a fruit.

One of the world's poorest countries takes you to a real Nepal

The fruit is called Bell fruit, which is considered a local endemic plant, and after the marriage ceremony, the fruit will stay with the girl forever. The second marriage is after the girl comes of age, somewhat similar to the ancient form of our country, the young man and woman must be introduced through their parents and matchmakers to get married.

One of the world's poorest countries takes you to a real Nepal

In a few remote mountainous areas of Nepal, monogamy still exists, caused by a backward system and difficult living conditions. The girl's husbands are most likely biological brothers, and she must bear a child for each of them.

One of the world's poorest countries takes you to a real Nepal

Young girls seem to have an extraordinary meaning in the hearts of Nepalese people, and the "living goddess" is a unique existence in Nepal, where they choose girls as young as six or seven years old to live in the temples and serve as the local "Kumari" to be worshipped.

One of the world's poorest countries takes you to a real Nepal

These girls are chosen so that they can no longer see their families, and must be careful in everything they say and do, in line with the public's expectations of "goddesses. When they reach adulthood, they must abdicate and be returned to their families. It is said that these abdicated little girls are not doing well, their families will see them as the existence of disaster and all kinds of dislike, until adulthood is also difficult to marry a suitable man.

One of the world's poorest countries takes you to a real Nepal

In Nepal, there is a temple called "Burnt Body Temple", which is a place where the dead bodies are centrally disposed of, because the Nepalese promote cremation, so the dead are sent here. The temple is often surrounded by children who are waiting for the burning ceremony to be over and then see if they can pick up some of the deceased's belongings to take home.

One of the world's poorest countries takes you to a real Nepal

The streets of Nepal's larger cities are also dotted with practicing monks, known as "ascetics," a distinctly Hindu religion. They often dress in rags and sit on the ground chanting peacefully. In Hinduism, the ascetic practice is considered a shortcut to quick enlightenment and divine favor.

One of the world's poorest countries takes you to a real Nepal

Although Nepal is very poor, the locals are not as pessimistic as they think they are, and they are actually very satisfied with their current state of life. Maybe it is because the religious concept is deeply rooted in people's hearts and really has the power to soothe the spirit, or maybe it is because the gap between the rich and the poor is relatively small for everyone, so people do not have a strong sense of struggle.

One of the world's poorest countries takes you to a real Nepal