By Lu Duobao,
Zhu Shaobin and Christine Lagat JOHANNESBURG (Xinhua) --
The tranquil July weather in South Africa’s commercial capital
Johannesburg is attracting foreign visitors to stroll on its
bustling streets, where brightly colored banners of the ongoing
10th BRICS summit catch much attention.
Passersby could be seen taking selfies
with the colorful signs that are hoisted on the sides of streets
around the Sandton International Convention Centre, where the
event is being hosted on July 25-27.
It is no secret that hosting the 10th
edition of the summit of emerging markets of Brazil, Russia,
India, China and South Africa (BRICS) has elevated the image and
prestige of the “Rainbow Nation”.
Foreign delegates are thrilled by the
prospect of riding on Johannesburg’s electric tram and visiting
the classy shopping malls where posh restaurants and clothing
lines compete for space.
The Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg
was the most prized destination among delegates to BRICS summit
given the fact that it bears all the hallmarks of South Africa’s
struggle to free itself from the shackles of colonial rule and
“For to be free is not merely to cast
off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and
enhances the freedom of others.” The immortal words of late
South African President and liberation icon, Nelson Mandela, are
inscribed at the entrance of Apartheid Museum whose elegant
interior and exterior designs have always mesmerized visitors.
The Apartheid Museum opens a window
into South Africa’s past struggle with colonial domination,
injustices and racial segregation while spotlighting the dawn of
an independence era marked with racial integration and just
A tour to Apartheid museum offers rich
history lessons to foreign visitors who have mainly read about
the country’s struggle with Apartheid rule in text books.
The invocation of Mandela’s rallying
call for a just and racially integrated South Africa always
remind visitors that a second tour to the Apartheid museum is an
South Africa has more to offer in the
Mother City, Cape Town. The balmy weather here coupled with its
picturesque scenery like the world-renowned Table Mountain has
lured a large number of foreign tourists during the BRICS
Fernando Cardoso, a Brazilian
national, was in exuberant mood at the foot of Table Mountain as
he gathered his family to take selfies.
The young lawyer said he has always
felt a strong attachment to South Africa given its rich culture,
cuisine and scenic attractions.
“As citizens of the BRICS countries,
it is important to travel to the other country, which can deepen
the understanding of each other’s history and culture,” said
The meet of the Atlantic and Indian
Oceans at Cape Point which creates a magnificent spectacle is
visible at a lighthouse near Cape Town.
Tang Qing, a Chinese national from
Shandong province who was in a 42-person choir that participated
in an international singing competition in South Africa, said
the country’s scenic attractions were very uplifting.
“South Africa is far away from China,
but her beauty has attracted many Chinese people. Moreover, the
tourism experience in South Africa is great,” Tang Qing told
The number of Chinese tourists
visiting South Africa has surged in recent time as the two
countries strengthen their bilateral cooperation.
Likewise, South Africa is currently an
attractive destination for tourists from other BRICS member
states based on a recent study from the multinational auditing
firm, Price Water House Coopers (PWC).
The PWC study revealed that tourist
arrivals from BRICS nations increased by 6.1 percent in 2017
which was higher than the average of all tourist arrivals in the
Pundits said that this week’s BRICS
summit in South Africa will inject new vigor for the country’s