V-log: New trains operated to link up Xishuangbanna, Luang Prabang

To facilitate regional travel during the just concluded water-splashing festival, a new pair of international passenger trains were operated to link up south Yunnan’s Xishuangbanna and north Laos’s Luang Prabang on April 13. Now let’s follow a Laotian v-logger for a closer look.

The Laotian v-logger starts her train ride at south Yunnan’s Xishuangbanna station.

The cross-border trains allowed tourists in the Lancang-Mekong basin to travel back and forth between the two places on the same day by train. Running from Friday to Monday, the trains will have their schedule adjusted in light of the passenger flow.

Since the Kunming-Vientiane international passenger train service on China-Laos Railway was launched in April 2023 on the occasion of the water festival or the Hinayana Buddhist new year, it has benefited some 180,000 cross-border passengers from more than 80 countries and regions.

Passengers get on the train at south Yunnan’s Xishuangbanna station.

According to Lin Jian, spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, the China-Laos Railway is a boost to the local tourism industry and consumer spending, and has enhanced people-to-people and cultural exchanges and trade between China and Laos.

Over the past two plus years, the railway has witnessed a jump in passenger and cargo volume, emerging as a pioneering project implemented by China and Laos to conduct high-quality Belt and Road cooperation and improve connectivity.

Passengers enjoy the Dai ethnic dance on the train.

Passengers get through a security check-up near the China-Laos border.

Source: Chinese Foreign Ministry and Mekong News Network; Trans-editing by Wang Shixue