From Wuhan to Chennai, the leaders of China and India have thus opened their second informal meeting.

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 From Wuhan to Chennai, the leaders of China and India have thus opened their second informal meeting.


Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu in southern India. This historic city was formerly called Madras and adopted its present name in 1996. Tamil Nadu, where it is located, has a long history of contacts with China and has been closely linked with Chinas maritime trade since ancient times. It is a transit station for maritime goods along the ancient Silk Road.

At 2:10 p.m. local time on October 11th, Xi Jinpings special plane arrived at Chennai International Airport.

This is a specially decorated entrance and exit passage at Chennai International Airport in India. (Photographed by CCTV reporter Zhang Yu)

Local people use fresh sugarcane, bananas, flowers and other decorative elements, aroma striking, colorful. (Photographed by CCTV reporter Zhang Yu)

Airport staff are making final preparations.

On the side of the airport apron, local people dressed in ethnic costumes sing and dance. Welcome President Xi to come.

Brado dancers should alternate movements skillfully and gracefully in different situations, cooperate with rich facial expressions and various sign language, to highlight the delicacy and elegance of the Brado dance. (CCTV reporters Mayayang and Wang Haman shoot)

Can you guess what the stilts will do?

It used to be waving the Chinese flag with music. (CCTV reporter Wang Ha-man filmed)

On the way from President Xis convoy to downtown Chennai, many local students and people crowded on both sides of the street, waving the flags of China and India, holding pictures of the President and Prime Minister Moody to welcome Chinese guests.

Welcome people along the way. (Photographed by CCTV reporters Yang Lifeng, Zhang Yu and Liu Su)

News of politics noticed that when President Xi arrived in Chennai on a special plane, Premier Modi sent greetings in English, Tamil and Chinese in his social media account. Welcome to India, chairman Xi Jinping!

This is a screenshot of Moodys Chinese greetings. (Guoguang correspondents Cai Jingqi and Liao Jiyong provide pictures)

Premier Modi, the distinguished guest of the ancient temple group, gave a personal explanation.

In the afternoon, accompanied by Premier Modi, President Xi Jinping came to Maha Barry and Plum, more than 50 kilometers away from Chennai, to visit the famous temple group.

The flags of China and India are hung in front of the ruins of ancient temples. (Photographed by CCTV reporter Zhang Yu)

On the first day of President Xis visit, the town was erecting an arch to greet him.

The Mahabali Pram Ancient Temple Group, built in the 7th to 8th centuries A.D., is an outstanding representative of Indian cultural heritage and architecture, witnessing the cultural exchanges and long-standing historical ties between China and India spanning more than a decade. This group of ancient temples is composed of Azhuna stone carvings, Five chariot temples, coastal temples and other monuments. Modi accompanied Xi Jinping to visit them and make explanations in person.

Around the Azhuna stone carvings are the Valaha Grottoes Temple, Elephant Trunk chariot Temple, Krishna Stone and other monuments. This is also the first place President Xi visited on that day.

The Ajuana stone sculpture was carved on a rock 15 meters wide and 30 meters long. It was completed in the mid-seventh century and is the largest relief sculpture in India. (Photographed by CCTV reporter Mayayang)

The Valaha Grottoes Temple is a typical Indian stone carving building, which is divided into two parts, the Pillar Hall and the Holy Chamber.

Elephant trunk chariot temple. The Temple worships the Hindu God of wisdom and wealth, Elephant Trunk. Completed in the late seventh century, it is a typical Indian block stone architecture. (Photographed by CCTV reporter Mayayang)

The Krishna Stone is situated on the embankment near the stone carvings in Ajuana. It is about 6 meters high, 5 meters in diameter and weighs about 250 tons. (Photographed by CCTV reporter Mayayang)

From the outside, it seems to roll down at any time, but in fact there are pillars in the middle connected with the foundation. In 1908, people tried to use seven elephants to move boulders, but failed. (CCTV reporter Wang Ha-man filmed)

Chairman Xi and Moody visited the Fifth War Vehicle Temple in the second place. The temple was built by Mahendravaman I, king of the Palawa Dynasty in the 7th century A.D., and his son Narashin Havaman I. The five chariots are carved from top to bottom of the granite block. Each chariot has different shapes, representing the five sons of King Bandu in Mahabharata: Firm War, Terror Army, Ajuana, Seedless, Kitty Heaven and their common wife, Black Princess. In 1984, it was selected as the United Nations World Cultural Heritage Site.

On the same day, Xi Jinping and modie visited the five chariot shrine along the red carpet.

The Black Princesss chariot (left) is the smallest of them, with the goddess Durga carved inside. Next to it is the azuna chariot (right), which is said to be dedicated to Shiva.

The Seedless and Sky Combat Vehicle (left). There is a stone elephant between it and the Ajuana chariot.

Army chariot of terror. Its roof is barrel shaped and its architectural style is similar to that of Buddhist grottoes in South India.

Fighting chariot. The largest and tallest of the five chariots has three stories, about 9 meters square. The chariot is carved with horseshoe windows, and the goddess of guardianship is carved in the depressions of each layer.

The coastal temple under the deep starry sky witnesses the covenant of great powers

On the same day, Xi Jinping accompanied him to visit the temple of the coast. The coastal temple was built between 700 and 728 AD by Narashin Hawaman II of the Palawa Dynasty. It is the oldest rock structure temple in South India.

Coastal Temple. According to legend, there were seven temples on the coast at first, but because of coastal changes and sea erosion, only coastal temples were left in the end. During the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, sea water retreated to reveal the remains of other submerged temples.

The coastal temple has three pyramidal shrines. Facing the east, the main temple has a five-storey tower-shaped spire, 18 meters high, and is situated on a platform 15 meters square. There are statues of Shiva carved in the temple. When the sun rises eastward, the sun shines into the temple from the other end of the sea. (Photographed by CCTV reporter Yang Lifeng)

u25b3 there is also a stone lion in the temple of the coast. It looks like it is making fun of people. (Photographed by CCTV reporter Yang Lifeng)

That night, at the coastal temple, Xi Jinping watched the classical dance of India, representing the ancient civilization of India, accompanied by modi.

This is the performance stage of the evening. (Photographed by CCTV reporter Zhang Yu)

Many of the evenings activities took place in specially constructed tents. (Photographed by CCTV reporter Zhang Yu)

The coastal temple in the moonlight. (Photographed by CCTV reporter Yang Lifeng)

Visiting cultural relics, enjoying performances and enjoying civilization, this scene seems familiar. During last years meeting in Wuhan, the two leaders jointly attended such activities as visiting the exhibition of fine cultural relics of the Hubei Museum. On the 11 day of the meeting, Xi Jinping said that China and India are ancient civilizations with thousands of years of history. Sino-Indian cultural exchanges have great potential to be tapped. Modi said that the ancient and profound civilization of India and China can provide inspiration for solving the challenges facing the world today.