ACC Organized Thailand TV Shooting Featured Show “A Tour to Panda’s Hometown”in Sichuan Province

source:ASEAN-China Centre

Giant panda has become a unique icon in China's relations with other countries. As a symbol of China-Thailand friendship,“Lin Hui”and “Chuang Chuang”, the two pandas were sent to Thailand in 2003, who gave birth to a cub named “Lin Bing”, an adored by the Thai people. During the “China-ASEAN Friendship Conference” held in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, in September 2014, the former Thai Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Korn Dabbaransi said the Thai people were dearly missing Lin Bing and eager to know how she was living after her return to China. In respond to the willingness of the Thai people and present the tourism attractions of Sichuan, from 15 to 24 October 2014, ACC worked with the Chinese Embassy in Thailand, organized and facilitated three major TV networks from Thailand, namely, Thairath, New TV and Channel 3, to shoot a featured programme themed “A Tour to Panda’s Hometown” in Sichuan Province. 

From 15 to 18 October 2014, the crew went to Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong, the two World Natural Heritage sites and National Geo Parks with their unique geological and natural scenes attracting millions of visitors from both home and abroad. The journalists interviewed the parks' management regarding their research, preservation, development and management.  

From 19 to 20 October 2014, the crew visited Xianfeng Lu Elementary School in Mianyang City, which was devastated by the earthquake in 2008 and was rebuilt with the support of H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand. The School's annual program includes sending exchange groups to schools in Thailand. Mr. Zhang Xuemin, Director-General of Information Office of Mianyang was also interviewed to share his story on how the city was rebuilt following the devastation from the earthquake.  

On 22 October 2014, the crew visited China Conservation & Research Centre for Giant Panda Dujiangyan Base. Born in Chiang Mai Zoo in 2009, panda Lin Bing became a sensation and was loved by the people of Thailand. The crew interviewed the Director-General of the Centre and shot Lin Bing's life in the Centre. 

On 23 October 2014, the crew went to Sichuan Cuisine Museum in Pi County. A major selling-point for Sichuan's tourism industry, its illustrious cuisines play a vital role in attracting foreign visitors. The crew explored the origin, development and formation of the food in Sichuan. The host cooked iconic dishes under the chef's guidance and presented the dishes to the viewers in Thailand. In showcasing the relaxed lifestyle in Chengdu the capital of Sichuan, the crew went to Jinli to shoot the daily life there. 

One of the main objectives of the shooting was to promote the economic and social achievements of Sichuan together with its diversified tourism resources, as well as the personnel exchanges between China and ASEAN. The shows about the press tour was aired on the networks on both TV and in internet in Thailand, which has significantly contributed to increased the visitations from Thailand to China, enhance people-to-people connectivity, and symbolize the close friendship between China and Thailand.