In that place wholly faraway

"Zai na yaoyuan de difang" (Chinese: 在那遥远的地方) is the title and first line of a popular Chinese song by Wang Luobin, the renowned Chinese song writer and ethnic music researcher. English translations of the song's title include "In That Place Wholly Faraway",[1][2][3][4] "In a Faraway Fairyland",[5] "In That Distant Place",[6][7][8][9] "In a Land Far Far Away",[10] and "In That Far-Off Land".[11]

Wang Luobin wrote the song in 1939 in Qinghai while shooting a film near Qinghai Lake. He met a young Tibetan girl, and wrote a song about the beautiful impression that she left upon him and all those around her. The song is set to the tune of a Kazakh folk song that Wang had collected in the area.[12][13]

It became one of the most popular songs in China and one of the best known Chinese songs in many countries.


  1. ^ "Opera: That Place Wholly Faraway". China Daily via 17 August 2010. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Tibetan dance drama staged in Jinan". Ministry of Culture of China and The People's Government of Shandong Province. 2 October 2013. Archived original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  3. ^ "97th birthday of late folk singer Wang Luobin celebrated". 30 December 2010. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Volcano Park, Stone Village and Lava Caves". CRI English. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
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  6. ^ Beijing Review, Volume 36 (1993), Google Books. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  7. ^ 7 September 2013 Music Program, Waterfire Providence. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  8. ^ "'Chinese Bridge' Chinese Proficiency Competition held successfully at UQ" at University of Queensland. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  9. ^ China's Three Tenors reviewed at Scotland-China Association. Archived original on 17 December 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
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  12. ^ (Chinese) "王洛宾:半生荣辱一支歌"
  13. ^ is Wang Luobin's own love songIn that place wholly faraway (in Japanese)

External links

  • Baudu Ecyclopedia: 《在那遥远的地方》
  • In a faraway fairylandBaudu Ecyclopedia:
  • English vocal vesion
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