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Russian retired medic writes song for Beijing Olympics

Updated: 2021-12-08 09:48 ( Xinhua )
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MOSCOW -- When the song Beijing premiered here on Tuesday, many of the listeners were amazed to find that it was written not by a professional, but a retired military doctor from Russia, Vladimir Vorobyov.

"I am flying to a land distant and fertile. Fantastic China covered with white snow. Behind the Great Wall my destination appears. Beijing is waiting for the Olympic athletes," read the lyrics.

"I really wanted to write a song about Beijing as the host city of the Winter Olympics, a global event. In news stories, I saw what a huge amount of work China has been doing to prepare for the games," Vorobyov said.

He aimed to compose "a solemn and inspiring melody" with the lyrics in harmony with the tunes for all the organizers, athletes and sports fans, but it was not an easy job since he has never been to China and does not know the Chinese language.

Vorobyov hadn't made much progress since he started in August 2021, but "a miracle" happened in early October after he watched many hours of online videos about China to seek "vivid emotions."

"At night I dreamed that I was in China. I woke up with an amazing feeling as if I had just returned from a trip there. In the morning, the first lines of lyrics appeared and the tunes began to emerge. By the evening, I was already humming the song," he recalled.

The experience was even more impressive given that Vorobyov, born in 1957 in St. Petersburg, was never trained to be a professional musician.

He was admitted to a military medical academy in 1974 and became a military doctor after graduation in 1980. Five years later, he started postgraduate studies and then taught at the academy, specializing in skin diseases.

In his youth, Vorobyov, who has created more than 20 songs since 2007, was keen on writing poems and composing music.

Besides, he is good at football, volleyball, basketball and has often engaged in boxing, wrestling, kettlebell lifting and chess while he was young. Now he does morning exercises for 40-50 minutes every day.

"If time allows, I want to watch the competitions in Beijing. I like ice hockey, cross-country skiing and figure skating in particular," said Vorobyov, who will celebrate his 65th birthday in February 2022 when the whole world will set their eyes on China.

The music and sports enthusiast wished that the Beijing Winter Olympics will be held at the highest level and all the athletes will perform their best in the competitions.

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The news conference of the 2022 China International Travel Mart, Kunming, Yunnan province. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]

The 2022 China International Travel Mart was launched in Kunming, Yunnan province today. The three-day event opened at the Kunming Dianchi Lake International Convention and Exhibition Centre, with a theme focusing on smart innovation and high-quality tourism industry aspects.

The news conference was held in the city on Thursday. Zhang Xilong, first class inspector of the Bureau of the International Communication and Cooperation of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China and Lou Kewei, deputy-director of the Department of Culture and Tourism of Yunnan province presented the meeting along with academy and entrepreneur representatives.

The conference introduced the preparations and relevant activities of the mart, such as a forum on smart tourism and innovation, a symposium on international travel communication and cooperation in the framework of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and a workshop on the China-Laos railway’s contribution to building an Asian community with a shared future.

According to the news meeting, the 2022 travel mart covers about 80,000 square meters, with about 4,200 standard booths. 71 countries and regions attended the event both online and offline, and 31 domestic provinces, cities and autonomous regions and 261 independent exhibition teams.

Online services will be provided to the overseas buyers and sellers in the light of time zones. They could also have a face-to-face negotiation at the mart as well.

The mart also has diverse displays to show culture and tourism, physical education and tourism, as well as overseas tourism and museums.

The National Cultural Heritage Administration, the Palace Museum and museums from other provinces will attend the travel mart.

At the event, Yunnan province will have 2,000 standard booths in four separate sections; each will show culture tourism, healthy lifestyles, physical education tourism and culture tourism consumption.

The travel mart will also stick to the rules of pandemic prevention and control while having the activities go on smoothly.

The news conference of the 2022 China International Travel Mart, Kunming, Yunnan province. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]
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