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Tibetan entrepreneur benefits from Qinghai-Tibet Railway
15:57, November 24, 2009  


"The Qinghai-Tibet Railway is a railway leading all ethnic groups in Tibet to prosperity," said Penba, an ordinary Tibetan man engaged in transportation, has now become an entrepreneur with personal assets worth several million yuan. (China Tibet Information Center Photo)


Having seized good opportunities brought by construction of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, Penba, an ordinary Tibetan man engaged in transportation, has now become an entrepreneur with personal assets worth several million yuan.

In 1994, with a 8,000 yuan (968 U.S. dollars) loan from the Damba Township Government, Lhasa, Penba bought a truck and began to make money by offering transport services. In terms of the motor vehicles' freight capacity, he was keenly aware that it was so limited and expensive. How great it would be if a railway ran through Qinghai-Tibet the plateau, Penba thought.

In 2001, the long-awaited news came at long last that construction of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway started. In 2002, Penba had a quarry built in Lhasa's Doilungdeqen County and later became a stone supplier to the railway section from Gurum Township to Damxung County.


Photo shows the Qinghai-Tibet Railway crossing the Xueshui River formed by water melt from glaciers and snow on the Qilian Mountain.


It is the 170-km section that has enabled him to earn 4 million yuan in two years.

In 2004, the ambitious man was involved in the mining industry and set up the Tiancheng Mine Development Co., Ltd in Lhasa. Later, he expanded his business by starting a branch office in Lhunzhub County and had two mineral deposits developed.

With the operation of the railway in 2006, tremendous changes have taken place in various aspects of Tibet's economy and society, resulting in a surge in the number of tourists to Tibet.

His aged mother, who had never traveled out of Tibet before, made a journey to other parts of China for the first time in her life.

Aware of a bright prospect of the tourist market on the snowy plateau, Penba has opened a resort in Damba recently.

"Thanks to the railway, my mineral products can be carried to inland cities, bringing me more money. I have really benefited from the 'road to heaven,' and I hope more people will take every chance arising along with the operation of the railway to change their life as well," Penba said.

"It's a railway leading all ethnic groups in Tibet to prosperity. I believe that the railway will extend to other places in Tibet sooner or later. So a happier life awaits us in the near future," he added.

Source: Xinhuanet

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