Sihaiwang: travel to Laos in April. Let's take a look at Vientiane, a famous Buddhist holy land. The Mekong river flowing quietly witnessed the rich remains of Buddhist culture. The Arc de Triomphe in the center of the city looks like the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, but the exquisite sculpture full of Buddhist color shows the style of Lao traditional national art.
Laos: the most beautiful home
From Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to the northwest, it takes more than two hours to Vientiane, the capital of Lao People's Democratic Republic. Compared with Vietnam, where the "motorcyclists" are surging, there is no leisure far away from the industrial civilization here. In the warm winter sun, the trees are emerald, the beautiful environment is amazing; there are not many tall buildings, few cars, and the ancient temples are more peaceful. On the one hand, Laos is striving to maintain its ecology and cultural heritage, on the other hand, it is carrying out innovation and opening-up, seeking support from all sides, and developing Laos is hopeful to build a more beautiful home. Abundant Buddhist art remains
Vientiane is a famous Buddhist holy land. The Mekong River, flowing quietly, witnessed the rich remains of Buddhist culture. The Arc de Triomphe in the center of the city looks like the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, but the exquisite sculpture full of Buddhist color shows the style of Lao traditional national art. Originally a monument to the people who died in the war, the building has now become a symbol of Laos.
'if you don't get to Taran, you don't have to go to Laos. "The glittering and magnificent taruan is the most magnificent one among the temples and pagodas in Laos. It has become a national treasure for the ashes of kings and eminent monks of all ages. The main tower, more than 40 meters high, is shining against the background of the blue sky. According to a short introduction by the staff of the Chinese Embassy in Laos, every November there will be a grand ceremony of Taran Festival, which is also the largest folk temple fair in Laos and the most solemn and grand religious festival.
Walking in the Jade Buddha Temple, the oldest temple in Vientiane, I feel like walking into a Buddhist Museum. The complex carvings on the temple gate and columns tell the story of Buddhism. The statues of gold, jade and crystal in the corridor are of different shapes and lifelike. The temple is named after a rare Jade Buddha. Unfortunately, the Jade Buddha was taken away by Siamese army in ancient times and has not been returned yet. The Jade Buddha Temple was later destroyed in the war and rebuilt in the 1930s, basically maintaining its original appearance. Now, the temple has become the National Museum of cultural relics in Laos, collecting many precious cultural relics from temples around the country.
Chinese schools for cultural communication
In Laos, many local people, even state leaders, like to send their children to Chinese schools, because there are not only sufficient teachers and high-quality teaching, but also children can learn from cultural exchanges.
Vientiane Laodu public school is the largest Chinese School in Laos. This full-time school, from kindergarten to high school, implements bilingual teaching of old Chinese. At present, there are more than 1500 students in 37 classes, and half of the more than 100 staff are Chinese teachers. With the increasing exchanges between Laos and China, more and more Lao people have the desire to learn Chinese. Four adult Chinese training courses have been successfully held in Liaodu public school. The teachers sent by the Chinese overseas Chinese Affairs Office to assist the school teach Chinese. They provide opportunities for people from all walks of life to train Chinese in the form of evening classes.
'the development of Chinese schools cannot be separated from the support of Laos and China. "Tao Juxin, vice president from Yunnan, China, said happily that the Lao government does not interfere in the Chinese teaching of the school, more importantly, there is a big tree to rely on for the motherland. It's no wonder that when Malaysian Chinese schools come here to study, they enviously boast that they can send Chinese teachers to help them or send them to China for further study and training. "We used to teach students how teachers taught us. Now, I have studied pedagogy and psychology in our country, learned many new teaching methods, and taught students more confidence. '
However, textbooks are a problem. A few years ago, Laodu public school changed its traditional Chinese textbook to simplified one, and introduced Chinese textbooks from China. According to the teachers, the teaching materials of kindergartens and primary schools funded by China can be used, but the teaching materials that can be used simultaneously with Lao schools have not been found in the middle school stage. It is too shallow to use the textbooks of Confucius Institute, and too deep to use the domestic ready-made middle school textbooks. They hope that the relevant departments in China will soon organize the compilation of a set of textbooks for junior and senior high schools suitable for overseas Chinese.
Strength in cooperation
Driving more than 90 kilometers north from Vientiane, there is a beautiful south Russian lake reservoir, which is called "Lao sea" by Laos in the interior. This is a scenic spot with small islands and trees, just like delicate bonsai floating on the green wave. It is also a treasure house for creating energy wealth. The South Russian Lake Hydropower Station, which is built with the assistance of France, Australia, Japan and other countries, produces 70% of the electric energy for domestic use and exports to Thailand.
In order to help Laos develop faster, many countries including China have provided assistance. Pan Guangxue, Chinese ambassador to Laos, said that the cultural center built with the help of the Chinese government has become a landmark building in Vientiane with unique Lao style, and the investment of Chinese enterprises in Laos has ranked first in foreign investment. Chinese media also gave Laos' counterparts strong support in personnel training, equipment technology and other aspects. Laos' state news agency, state television and China's Xinhua news agency, CCTV all cooperated.
Due to its geographical proximity and language proximity to Thailand, and its underdeveloped journalism, Laos' media have been greatly impacted by Thailand. The frequencies of Thai radio and television stations almost cover the whole territory of Laos. In recent years, the Lao People's revolutionary party has become increasingly aware of the importance and urgency of controlling the power of public opinion, said the acting Minister of the Ministry of information and culture of Laos. The media of China and Laos have the responsibility to strengthen cooperation, enhance the voice of Asia and socialism in the world.
In recent years, with the reform and opening-up and international assistance, the GDP level of Laos has been rising continuously. In 2006, the per capita GDP reached 500 US dollars, and the average annual economic growth has remained above 6% for five consecutive years. It is a long-term task for this developing country to strengthen its strength in cooperation and move from external force to self-reliance.