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Railway stirs upsurge of Tibetan culture
10:49, July 08, 2009  

The Qinghai-Tibet Railway--also known as skyroad--is serving as a bridge for people outside Tibet to understand and touch the Tibetan culture, and causing a stir worldwide on Tibetan culture study.

It's envisaged that the railway will help exhibit, protect and carry forward the indigenous Tibetan culture, and play a significant role in accelerating the economic, social and tourism development of Tibet.

Every stop along its journey incarnates strong Tibetan characteristic, and nameplates and other signs are written in Han, Tibetan and English, according to Li Li, official with Qinghai-Tibet Railway Company.

Li added the Lhasa Railway Station and Lhasa River Bridge combine traits of Tibetan and modern architecture.

With the open of the railway, a huge stir on Tibetan culture study soon swept the world. Tourists and experts from home and abroad are bursting into Tibet, helping the local tourism industry.

According to Norbu, who runs a Tibetan eatery in Lhasa, tourists can get a closer look to Tibetan dance, sing and opera, in his eatery. The business is good, and "in this way, more people can understand colorful Tibetan culture."

"The railway helps promote and publicize mysterious Tibetan culture," said An Rong, a worker of Qinghai-Tibet Railway.

To let tourist feeling Tibetan culture ahead of arriving Lhasa, the carriage and stops passing by are decorated with symbols with Tibetan feature in yellow, red and white, like auspicious cloud and water lily.

Moreover, red which associates with lama frocks dominates the uniforms of railway workers, and the carriage is decorated with Tibetan carpet, Thangka and other Tibetan ornaments.

In trains heading for Lhasa, tourists can know the culture, religion, history and Tibetan Buddhism through TV and broadcasting. Some train attendants, who receive special trainings, are able to introduce the scenic spots and landscapes along the railway in Han, Tibetan and English.

Source:China Tibet Information Center

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