Embassy of the Republic of Mauritius in Beijing
Ambassador: H.E. Mr. Paul R. Lit Fong Chong Leung
Address: 202 Dongwai Diplomatic Office Building, No. 23, Dong Zhi Men Wai Da Jie
Postal Code: 100600
Tel: (+86)10 6532 5695
(+86)10 6532 5698 (for Consular Office)
Fax: (+86)10 6532 5706
Its national flag is rectangular with 4 colored parallel rectangles. Red symbolizes the everlasting fighting for freedom and independence; blue means Mauritius is circled by the Indian Ocean; yellow is the emblem of liberal radiance shining on this island, and green represents the evergreen and abundant production of its agriculture.
Mauritius was originally a deserted island. It was named as the Bat Island after being discovered by the Portuguese. Subsequently, it gained its current name when the Dutch came and ruled over this land. Later on, it was occupied by France and finally monopolized by England. A great number of slaves, prisoners and freemen from America, Africa and India were deported there to engage in farming. On March 12, 1968, it acclaimed its independence with the establishment of constitutional monarchy. In March 1992, it managed to set up a republican country.
Sugar industry is the backbone of the economy. Sugar cane has been the main crop since the 18th century. Its planting area has covered 90 percent of its cultivated land annually. The green sugar field can be seen everywhere. What's interesting is that heaps of black stones are available almost in every field. That is the demonstration of removing the stones and cultivating year after year. It has contributed much to its economy.
With its beautiful scenery, warm sunshine and charming beaches, Mauritius attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world each year. The royal palm blossoms for once every 100 years and dangles freely in the wind. Pieces of water lilies float in the pond. The wind hovers and pink pigeons are the precious animals in the world. The local people entertain the guests with it's the delicious flavors and excellent service.