Thu, 19 May 2022

BANGKOK, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- Phichada Klinsukhon, a 17-year-old student from Thailand's Nakhon Pathom province, was very glad to see her painting put on display at the Ratchadamdoen Contemporary Art Center in downtown Bangkok.

Her painting is one of those award-winning works of the Thai teenage painting competition dedicated to the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, being displayed at an exhibition jointly organized by the Thai Ministry of Culture and the China National Tourist Office in Bangkok.

"The topic of my painting is 'Beijing Winter Olympics -- Together for a Shared Future'," Phichada told Xinhua at the exhibition.

"And I would like to wish the Beijing Winter Olympics a great success, which could herald the year of 2022 that could bring us together for a shared future," she said, reflecting the official motto of the Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics -- "Together for a Shared Future".

Featuring the Great Wall and major competitions venues such as the National Stadium, or the "Bird's Nest", Phichada's painting has gathered a number of Olympic elements including the Olympic Rings, the Beijing 2022 torch and the Emblems, as well as Bing Dwen Dwen and Shuey Rhon Rhon, the official mascots.

"In the painting, I imagine myself being a figure skater, competing with fellow Olympians from around the world. We were all very excited to be at the Olympics with big smiles on our faces. Bing Dwen Dwen and Shuey Rhon Rhon stand behind us and encourage us to achieve new heights," she said.

Phichada also hopes her painting could convey the idea that the Winter Olympic Games could unite the world, especially in a challenging time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The ice and snow are cold, just like the pandemic. Despite the fact that we come from different countries, speak different languages, we live on the same Planet Earth and belong to the same community of shared future," she said.

"We should stand shoulder to shoulder like the Olympic Rings to overcome the challenges," she added.

The painting exhibition, which is being held from Jan. 20 to Feb. 20, also has a photo section on the Beijing Winter Olympics, aiming to provide an opportunity for the Thai public to better understand the upcoming grand events. The exhibition also showcases the lunar new year festival such as Chinese knots and red lanterns to celebrate the Year of Tiger.

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