, Shanghai, November 11 (Reporter Li Jiajia) "Compared with neighboring countries, we are still quite proud to be the first in Southeast Asia to have such a high-speed railway. At present, the girl who is discussing the high-speed rail riding experience with a reporter from China News Network is Anggun Mulia Fortunata, an international student from Indonesia, whose Chinese name is Wang Xiuling.

Wang Xiuling from Indonesia is currently studying at Shanghai Overseas Chinese University. Photo by Zhang Hengwei

Wang Xiuling is not tall, speaks gently and gently, and her six-year experience of studying in Shanghai has laid a good foundation for her fluent Chinese.

The high-speed railway in Wang Xiuling's mouth is the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway, which was officially opened for operation on October 10 this year, which was jointly built by China and Indonesia, and was operated and maintained by the China-Indonesia Operation and Maintenance Consortium composed of China Railway Beijing Bureau Group Corporation, China High-speed Railway Co., Ltd., and Indonesian Railway Company. Since its opening, the demand for passenger flow has been strong and has been favored by the public.

Wang Xiuling from Indonesia clocks in and takes photos at school. Photo by Zhang Hengwei

"I'm from Jakarta, Jakarta is a densely populated city, so for us, Bandung is a city that can bring healing, every weekend, Jakarta people will get up early in the morning, or take a ride or drive to Bandung for the weekend, usually traffic jams between the two cities are the norm, even if the road traffic is smooth, it takes three and a half hours to drive." Thanks to the opening of the high-speed railway, the travel time between Jakarta and Bandung has been reduced from more than three hours to 3 minutes, Wang Xiuling said, "It is so convenient to listen to friends."

Speaking of her first high-speed rail experience, Wang Xiuling remembered that it was in 2018, when she didn't expect that China had such a developed and advanced railway system. Now, her hometown also has the first high-speed railway, Wang Xiuling is full of expectations, "My friend has also studied in China before, he has already experienced the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed rail, and he told me that it is very similar to China's high-speed rail, it is really fast, very comfortable, and very advanced." Now that I have a new mode of transportation to Bandung, I will definitely try it when I go back during the holidays. ”

It is understood that on November 11, the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway was officially opened for one month, sending a total of 17,1 passengers, with a single-day passenger occupancy rate of up to 38.3%, showing a strong growth trend in passenger flow, providing a safe, convenient, warm and comfortable travel experience for the people along the line.

When she first came to China, Wang Xiuling came to study engineering for four years, and her four years of undergraduate study in Shanghai gradually made her interested in China. "I found that I was quite interested in the development of China and all aspects of China, so when I applied for my master's degree, I chose a major other than engineering, and finally I decided to major in Chinese Studies."

Wang Xiuling from Indonesia interacts with the cats on campus. Photo by Zhang Hengwei

What is Chinese Studies? Wang Xiuling said that the scope of Chinese studies involves a wide range of disciplines, including Chinese diplomacy, politics, law, as well as Chinese history and culture, "It can be said that the discipline of Chinese studies can give me a deeper understanding of China, especially I like to visit Chinese museums, and Chinese studies can also allow me to get in touch with China's ancient history."

Speaking of China's ancient history, Wang Xiuling's first reaction was China's ancient Silk Road, and since then, China has carried out economic and trade exchanges with neighboring countries. "I've seen some exhibitions, and I know that goods like porcelain came to Southeast Asian countries through the Silk Road, and that China's porcelain manufacturing process has had an impact on the local culture of many Southeast Asian countries through trade."

Participating in urban archaeology and walking in the streets and alleys of Shanghai, Wang Xiuling is fascinated by everything here and full of curiosity, "I just have that feeling of not getting tired of seeing". Wang Xiuling said that she plans to try to find a job in Shanghai after graduation, "I hope to accumulate work experience in Shanghai and use this experience to build a better place in my hometown when I return to China." (ENDS)