Yunnan, 27  April 2023 (TDI): On April 26, the Ceremony for the First Issuance of the Rap Song Enjoy the Sea by High-Speed Train (in Laotian) and the Hand Picture Book Go to Laos by Train (in Chinese and Laotian) was held in Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province, China.

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the “Belt and Road” Initiative. China-Laos Railway has been open for more than a year as a landmark project of the “Belt and Road,” promoting China and Laos’s economic and social development and witnessing the enduring friendship between both parties. It is a connectivity bridge between both parties and a link of common people.

Located in Southwest China, Yunnan Province is a hub of China, which connects the hinterland of Eurasia with the Indochina Peninsula and the Indian Ocean.

China-Laos Railway passes through the border. In the month when a cross-border passenger train of the China-Laos Railway was opened, the Rap Song Enjoy the Sea by High-Speed Train (in Laotian) and the Hand Picture Book Go to Laos by Train (in Chinese and Laotian) were issued for the first time in Xishuangbanna, which borders Laos.

The launch aimed to promote mutual appreciation between Chinese and Laotian civilizations, inheriting traditional friendship and further opening channels and building bridges for exchanges and cooperation between Yunnan and Laos.

The Chinese version of the Rap Song Enjoy the Sea by High-Speed Train (in Laotian) was launched at the 2023 “Spring Festival Variety Gala- Cultural Exchange Series of China, India, Cambodia, and Mongolia” and has been widely broadcast on national media and social media platforms in Laos, the United States, Cambodia, and Myanmar, etc. The total number of views on the network has exceeded 150 million.

The Rap Song Enjoy the Sea by High-Speed Train (in Laotian)” issued for the first time, was jointly produced by the Information Office of the Yunnan Provincial People’s Government, the Yunnan Provincial People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, and the Yunnan Branch of the China News Agency.

The Laotian Music Creation Team and Laotian singers newly performed it. Sisouvanh Xongjaiyua, the Laotian singer of the Song, said that the lyrics express the expectation of Chinese and Laotian people to benefit from the China-Laos Railway and extend and play an exemplary role continuously.

The Hand Picture Book Go to Laos by Train (in Chinese and Laotian) was planned and published by Yunnan Education Press and took the role of anthropomorphic animals. It tells a journey story of a Chinese tourist, Xiao Ling (Yunnan snub-nosed monkey), and a Laotian student, A Kang (Laos lotong), who completed railway professional training in Kunming, China.

They went to Vientiane by train and enjoyed the beautiful scenery along the way with the steward Uncle Xiang (Asian elephant). They carried the friendship between the Chinese and Laotian people for generations and completed a romantic journey passing over mountains and rivers.

Yang Jun, Vice President of Yunnan Education Press, introduced the Hand Picture Book as a transformative new product based on the book What is Yunnan. It reflects with vivid stories that the China-Laos Railway is a “green road” for harmonious coexistence and rooting interest of human beings, nature, economy, and ecology. It also reflects that China-Laos Railway actively integrates into the “Belt and Road service,” providing powerful support for constructing a community of common destiny between China and Laos.

The Ceremony for the first issuance was organized by the Information Office of the Yunnan Provincial People’s Government and the Yunnan Provincial People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and hosted by the Yunnan Branch of the China News Agency.

On the same day, Lai Yong, the Full-time Deputy Director of the Information Office of the Yunnan Provincial People’s Government, Wang Yu, the Full-time Deputy President of the Yunnan Provincial People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, and Zhe Luo Bieyao, the Director of the Consular Office of Laos in Jinghong, attended the Ceremony.