Kaole ruins win Chinese tourists’ accolade

23Jan 2019
Beatrice Philemon
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Kaole ruins win Chinese tourists’ accolade

CHINESE tourists, who recently visited Kaole ruins in the historic coastal town of Bagamoyo in Coast Region were impressed by the way the area is preserved for the current and future generations.

They also expressed their satisfaction  on the nature and environment of the area including natural trees ranging from small to bigger trees such as neem, marula and baobab trees.

“Kaole ruins are the wonderful and great area for tourist,” said Lu Xinyi, a Chinese tourist-cum-artist from Shanghai.

He described Kaole ruins as an amazing place because they saw historical sites and other unique features, which they have never seen in their home country.

He said he love neem tree because is the traditional medicine and he will be back to Tanzania this year or next year to visit other tourist attractions.He said they are in Tanzania for three days to celebrate Happy Chinese New Year with the support from Touchroad International Holdings Group and He Liehui who is Touchroad Group’s Founder is leading of Chinese delegation On the other hand, Prof. Xu Zhibin from Nanjing University of the Arts and distinguished professor at Zhejiang University of Media and Communication added that in a bid to lure more tourists from China, Tanzania should be creative and introduce more tourist attractions that will help to lure more tourists from  China.

He encouraged the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB), other stakeholders to come up with a new approach that will woo more Chinese tourists in the East African nation.

Prof Xu also called on Tanzania to improve hotel services and communication services as well as ensure that hotels are installed with high speed internet services.“This will help tourists who will be in Tanzania to upload photos and send it to their families, friends and other people to understand what Tanzania has to offer in tourism sector,” he said.He also suggested the need to improve road infrastructures to easy movements of tourists from one corner to another in Tanzania’s tourist destinations.

 “I visited at Kaole Ruins, I was very impressed with the structure of the site, including the Arab settlement of the 13th century, water wells, mosques, graves of the lovers I and visited at Bagamoyo Roman Catholic Museum and the Caravan Serai to see a centre of trade network as well as see who were involved in slavery and other issues,” he noted.

Kaole is a small town and archaeological site in Tanzania, located three miles east of Bagamoyo on the Indian Ocean coast. The area contains old stone ruins dating to a period between the 13th century and the 16th century. The ruins date back to the 13th Century and consist of two mosques and 30 tombs. The tombs at Kaole were built from coral stones with stone pillars that marked some of the tombs. According to local tradition, some of the tombs are the graves of local rulers who were known as "Diwanis".

 

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