Tourism potential field to attract investment in Afghanistan (2)

09:01, April 30, 2010      

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An Afghan boy collects flowers on a flower-covered land in Jawzjan Province, northern Afghanistan, April 19, 2009. (Xinhua/Zabi Tamanna)

In the central Bamyan province, once the center of Buddhism, the giant Buddhas date back to 3,500 years were destroyed by Taliban regime in March 2000 and the monks' aves around have been housing homeless people in the contemporary world.

Afghans are lovely people and like other nations want to have peaceful life, recreation and enjoyment.

Having entertainment, in fact is a new phenomenon in the war- shattered Afghanistan.

In and around Afghan capital Kabul, there are a zoo, an artificial lake Qargha and a newly built rose garden - Bostan-e- Kabul.

"I want my father to take me every Friday here in Bostan-e- Kabul," a 10-year-old girl Fatima said.

Located six km outside the capital city and built after the fall of Taliban regime eight years ago, Bostan-e-Kabul with having a music band and peaceful environment attracts hundreds of people daily.

On average, 400 people visit the garden with buying entry ticket for 100 Afghanistan (two U.S. dollars) daily.

There is no official statistics about the income of Afghanistan from tourism industry and the number of foreign tourists who visit the country annually.

Government in effort to revive tourism industry proclaimed the seven natural lakes Band-e-Amir in central Bamyan province as National Park besides instructing concerned authorities to construct facilities including luxury hotels to accommodate tourists, Director of Afghan Tourism Organization Syed Zamanudin Baha said.

"Likewise Qarga we should have several lakes, golf grounds and other entertainment places in different parts of the country to pastime, to swim and to enjoy the life with friends," a teenager Mohammad Ayub said.

Source: Xinhua

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