If I am bored one day, I will get on a Kunming bullet train in the morning and reach Vientiane, Laos in the evening. I’ll feed the pigeons under a Bodhi tree alone for a whole afternoon, and without saying a word take another train back to Kunming the next day.
——尼古拉斯 小编Nicholas, the editor
Recently, good news on building the China-Laos railway came to us one after another. This railway linking Kunming to Laos, the country of hermits, is around the corner.
The Manzhang Tunnel on the Yuxi-Mohan railway was completed on October 21.
Sections of the 495.6m Ganlanba bridge were joined in south Yunnan on October 18.
For China, this railway makes another international passage from southwest. In the future, China-Laos Railway will be extended to Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, serving the construction of the China-ASEAN free trade area.
With a long history, Vientiane has been the capital and economic center of Laos since the 14th century. The Arc de Triomphe, or the Victory Gate, is a top tourist attraction in Vientiane, built to commemorate the Lao independence.
Laab, also known as Larb , is a typical dish in Laos. It's usually eaten as a part of a set (laab, papaya, pepper, parsley, tomato, and sticky rice). Similar to Dali's raw hides, it has a unique taste.
A popular food in Luang Prabang, the grilled sausage is a must-try dish featuring tropical herbs and spices.
The pounded papaya is highly visible in Laos. It is sour, delicious, a most popular dish in Laos.
The Lao hot pot is coupled with a barbecue, with the BBQ stove embedded in the middle. The dipping sauce can be made by the diner.
Though looking like rice noodles in Yunnan, the Luang Prabang rice noodles taste different. For people in Yunnan, you’d better to try it yourself.
This is a well-known snack in Laos. Hope you like it!