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    Information About Wales

    About Wales

    Wales, the country with distinct cultural identity which has made it to be a bilingual nation, is an island of the Great Britain and part of the United Kingdom. "Wales forever" is the state's motto while the "land of my father's" is the officially known national anthem. Cardiff is the capital city and the largest city and both Welsh and English are the official languages used in the country. The devolved government found within the parliamentary constitutional monarchy is the form of governance within the country where the monarch and the first minister are the top leaders of the country. The national assembly called the United Kingdom parliament is the legislature. The country lies within the Greenwich meridian time zone and uses the pound sterling as the commercial currency and the +44 is the calling code unique for the state.

    History of Wales

    Wales and Ireland were separated from the British peninsula by the post glacial rise in the sea level which led to the formation of the Irish Sea followed by the submerging of the doggerland by the North Sea and the British peninsula was left as an island. The roman rule over the whales lasted 300 years since their conquest in 48 AD where the Romans used their engineering technology to extract the precious minerals of the Wales such as gold. There were small industries in most parts of the Wales before their economy was greatly uplifted by the British industrial revolution. More than 272, 924 Welshmen participated in the World War I under the United Kingdom against the Germany where more than 35, 000 men were killed. A regional policy was established in 1961 where the Wales decided to use the financial incentives and industrialize the local areas of the state where several industrial estates were constructed and improved the transport communications. The national assembly which was founded in 1999 has the mandate to control the governmental budget and expenditure although the United Kingdom is the one responsible for setting the limits of the expenditure.

    Geography of Wales

    Wales, being an island of the Great Britain, is located between the England and the Bristol Channel and extends its northern and western border into the Irish Sea. The country covers a total area of 20, 779 square kilometers and has a coastline of 2, 700 kilometers long. The central parts and the northern regions of Wales are generally dominated by mountains which were shaped by the Devonian glaciations. Mount Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales at 1, 085 meters. The mountains in the northwest contain rounded uplands on which the long narrow valleys cut through. The terrain of almost the other parts of Wales is dominated by rolling hills where some are long to about 600 meters above the sea level. The major rivers within the terrain make the lowlands while the narrow coastal plains run along the uplands.

    Climate of Wales

    The moderate climate within the Wales is much similar to the climate of the other regions of the United Kingdom although the presence of the mountainous landscape makes a difference in the climatic conditions of different regions within Wales. The rain seasons come around during the autumn and early winters from the months of October to January. The Severn is the longest river found in the Wales and several rivers drain the upland regions and the presence of cloudy and wet conditions give the region a characteristic maritime climate.

    Natural Resources in Wales

    The main mineral reserves found in the Wales are the coal reserves although the anthracite has a great cover which the country depends on. The extractions of these minerals are also accompanied with the mining of other commercially viable minerals such as the limestone, slate and even gold. Other minerals of economic importance include zinc, manganese, lead and copper. The country also has the arable land for agriculture and even several firms have been generating the hydro power from the rivers.

    Tourist Attraction in Wales

    The presence of abundance attraction scenarios and historical heritage within the territory of Wales creates wonderful reasons why many tourists pay a visit to the country. The mountainous range of Snowdonia in the Gwynedd is made up of 14 peaks and creates great hiking and climbing regions; the Brecon beacons national park bordered by the black mountains with several caves and waterfalls; the devil bridges in the town of Aberystwyth where the three bridges are stacked on top of one another and the hafod estate of woodlands and gardens; and the more than ten railway lines providing fun although they were anciently used to transport the mined slate are some of the great regions within the country. The major cities and villages located within Wales include:
    • Cardiff
    • Swansea
    • Newport
    • Wrexham
    • Bridgend
    • Llanelli
    • Aberdare

    Famous Hotels in Wales

    The famous hotels of Wales are
    • Imperial hotel
    • Saint George hotel
    • Hotel potrtmeirion
    • the quay hotel and spa
    • Chateau rhianfa
    • Bodysgallen hall and spa
    • Black boy inn

    Wales Cuisine

    The traditional cooking and practices encompasses the Welsh cuisine where the lamb is the meat preferred in the cuisine and the cooking composes of the seafood's and the leek is the national vegetable. The potatoes are frequently used for making the five minutes potato, oven potato and potato cakes. Cheese is widely consumed while beer is the preferred national drink of the Wales. The fried eggs and cockles served along with laverbread makes the breakfast meal.

    International Airports in Wales

    • Aberporth airport
    • Anglesey airport
    • Welshpool airport
    • Swansea airport
    • Pembrey airport
    • Cardiff airport
    Posted By : All Places Map Last Updated: August 08, 2015

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