Decade of discovery
The Hanoi field trip team from the third season of the ASEAN China Youth Hosts Camp is creating a promotional video for Liuzhou luosifen (river snail rice noodles).[Photo provided to China Daily]
This year, a significant milestone is being celebrated: the 10th anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). It also coincides with the 20th anniversary of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) China strategic partnership and the founding of the China-ASEAN Expo. These anniversaries mark China's remarkable international collaboration and growth.
As a part of the fifth ASEAN China Media Week, scheduled from Oct 21 to 27, the third season of the ASEAN China Youth Hosts Camp is in full swing. This unique initiative has gathered a vibrant group of young "hosts", or social media influencers; all of whom possess a deep understanding of both Chinese and ASEAN cultures. Their mission, from a global and youthful perspective, is to explore, witness, and promote the development and opportunities arising from the BRI.
The journeys of the hosts took them through four captivating field-trip routes: the enchanting landscapes of Guilin in South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, the bustling metropolis of Guangzhou in South China's Guangdong province, the vibrant streets of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, and the historical allure of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.
What unfolds during these journeys is reminiscent of the ancient Silk Road's original purpose — a space for cultural exchange and mutual discovery. This modern-day caravan of young hosts from China and ASEAN countries is forging connections just like those of traders of ancient times.
Elizabeth Garcia Arce from the Philippines was part of the team that explored Guilin. She is a student at Guangxi Arts University and had the opportunity to visit the iconic Elephant Trunk Hill, a famous local sight that inspired a cake resembling the hill's distinctive shape. Arce marveled, "A miniature version of the hill, you can say that it's a work of art!"