As with many Mediterranean islands Eric Fisher Jersey , Cyprus is a popular holiday hotspot for thousands of tourists all keen to lie under the sun by day and live it up in clubland by night. But it?s also an island packed full of natural beauty, as well as being steeped in thousands of years of history, with many ancient footprints having been left behind by its varying inhabitants. In fact visitors to Cyprus miss so much if they choose to spend their precious holiday time sunbathing and boozing.
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Ayia Napa is a hedonist?s dream resort, with hot sunny weather averaging over 30 degrees Celsius each summer, an amazing long stretch of golden sands lapped by clear n clean blue waters, and enough superclubs to satisfy even the most hardcore clubbers. Even though these days there are increasing numbers of people coming here on family holidays Allen Bailey Jersey , there?s no mistaking the fact that Ayia Napa?s reputation as a 24-hour party place is still well deserved. It?s a stunning resort with a seafront full of fast food restaurants, cafes and sports bars, so it?s hard to imagine that even in the early 1980s Ayia Napa was little more than a fishing village. In fact there?s nothing nowadays that belies its humble origins, you could say that Ayia Napa?s fishing heritage is now...
...Ancient history!
If Greek mythology is your thing then Cyprus ranks highly as the birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite. Said to have been born in the surf by a rocky island near Limassol, the exact spot is well signposted, and it?s where wonderful things are meant to befall romantic couples who take the time for a leisurely swim around the island that lies just a few dozen metres off the shore. More impressive Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Jersey , frankly, are the Roman Mosaics at Paphos, and the Tomb Of The Kings just a little further up the coast near Coral Bay. The mosaics are still being excavated and date back to the 3rd century AD on a site that was once covered with the villas of high-ranking Romans. They?re constructed from tiny pieces of marble and stone to create a quite breathtaking effect. The Tombs Of The Kings is a slightly misleading name - although there are 2,000 year old tombs here, this was a cemetery for Cypriot aristocrats of the time rather than kings, but these are impressive catacombs that have been carved out of solid rock and decorated with classic Doric columns and painted fresco walls. A fine resting place indeed.
Natural history
Would you believe that you can ski in Cyprus? The window of opportunity is small Dee Ford Jersey , but the Troodos mountains do indeed have some runs that collect enough snow in deep midwinter for skiing holidays in Cyprus! For the rest of the year Troodos is a lush green mountain range that is home to large numbers of beautiful walks - hire a car and drive up as far as you the roads allow you to, then get out and enjoy some amazing peaceful walks among the pine forests. Look out for waterfalls, monasteries and some stunning mountain views.
The convictions of several activists for subverting State power are appropriate and reflect the authorities' heightened awareness of destabilizing forces, especially as these activists had been organizing lawyers and petitioners, and forging links with overseas anti-China forces to push toward a "color revolution," experts said Thursday.
Zhou Shifeng Mitchell Schwartz Jersey , chief lawyer at Beijing-based Fengrui Law Firm, was convicted of subverting State power and sentenced to seven years in prison on Thursday by the Second Intermediate People's Court of Tianjin, the Xinhua News Agency reported.
On Wednesday, Hu Shigen, the leader of an underground church, was also sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison after being convicted of the same crime at the Tianjin court.
Since 2009 Demetrius Harris Jersey , Hu had used an illegal religious organization to attract illicit lawyers and paid petitioners to spread subversive thoughts and ideas, prosecutors said. He also sent a follower to receive anti-China training overseas.
The training camp also hosted separatists advocating the "independence" of China's Tibet Autonomous Region and Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. It gave participants instructions on how to turn against the Communist Party of China and the Chinese authorities, Xinhua quoted Hu as saying during his trial.
He conspired and plotted to subvert State power with others, including Zhou and Zhai Yanmin, and established the "systematic thinking, method and steps" to achieve it Rakeem Nunez-Roches Jersey , Xinhua reported.
Zhai, described as an "illegal protest organizer" and an "unemployed Beijing resident," was handed a three-year sentence with a four-year reprieve on Tuesday, Xinhua reported.
"What those convicted have in common is they were all found to have publicized subversive information that threatens national security, including organizing symposiums and seminars," said Hong Daode Bryan Witzmann Jersey , a professor at the China University of Political Science and Law.
"One can have different opinions or reasoning, which would not lead to criminal prosecutions. But if they express or hype opinions and theories that could jeopardize national security to the public, they will have crossed a legal boundary," Hong told the Global Times on Thursday.
Counterrevolution to subversion
People who were suspected of working against the authorities were charged with the crime of being a counterrevolutionary in the earlier years of the People's Republic of China.
The 1997 Criminal Law removed this crime, adding instead the crime of subverting State power under the larger crime of "threatening national security."
In the latest version of China's Criminal Law, Article 105 states that the crime of subverting State power applies to "anyone who organizes Harrison Butker Jersey , plans, and executes the action to subvert the political power of the State or to overthrow the socialist political system."
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