Siem Reap Province, Cambodia
Siem Reap Province, which means “defeat of Siam” in Khmer, is located in the northwest of Cambodia, bordering Preah Vihearin and Kampong Thom Provinces in the east, Banteay Meanchey and Battambang Provinces in the west, Otto Meanchey Province in the north, and Tonle Sap Lake in the south. Its capital city Siem Reap is 311 kilometers from Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh, and 152 kilometers from the Cambodia-Thailand border.
With an area of 10,299 km2 and a population of 1 million, Siem Reap is Cambodia’s granary, boasting plantation of rice, cash crops, fruits, as well as livestock and poultry husbandry. Siem Reap is rich in tourism resources. With a rapid development in tourism in recent years, it is becoming one of the world’s emerging tourist destinations. Angkor Wat, the soul of Cambodia, is located in Siem Reap. The Cambodian government attaches great importance to the development of tourism and will give priority to the development of tourism services.
Since Yunnan and Siem Reap established friendship provinces relationship on April 21, 2006, the two sides have seen frequent exchanges of high-level visits and substantive results in various fields, such as the Agricultural Technology Demonstration Park jointly built by the two sides.
Smile of Angkor, a grand music and dance epic show jointly invested by Yunnan Cultural Investment Group and Cambodia’s Soma Company, successfully debuted at the world-famous Angkor Wat in November 2010. More than 400 people enjoyed the debut performance. Among them were Cai Wu, the then Chinese Minister of Culture and the Siem Reap provincial parliament speaker, as well as many Chinese and Cambodian artists. The show, full of “Cambodia elements and Chinese techniques”, is the first interpretation of a foreign culture by Chinese artists and has received a warm welcome by international visitors and local people, which was an important result of culture cooperation and also an arts crystal between China and Cambodia, laying a new cornerstone in the Sino-Cambodian friendship.