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15:05 Jan 29 2010

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Tibetan students amazed by modern life
09:37, January 29, 2010  

Shiran Phyuco, 12, from a grassland of Chengdo County, Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, stydies in a school in Qingshuihe Township of the county. (Xinhua Photo)

When the school bell rings, Namser, a 15-year-old Tibetan boy, steps out of his classroom while humming a Tibetan song, with a textbook in his hand.

Namser comes from Qumacai County, Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province's Sanjiangyuan area, dubbed as the water tower of China.

Located at an average altitude of above 4,500 m, the county features a harsh environment, poor infrastructure, and backward education.

Four years ago, subsidized by the local government and a student organization, the boy and 125 other children left their pastoral hometown and began a new study life in the No. 28 Middle School of Xining, capital of the province.

I was so excited when coming to this city for the first time. It's pretty good here. I've never seen such a beautiful school and so tall buildings, he said, adding Schools in my hometown are small, with old and shabby desks and chairs.

After the passage of four years, still vivid in his mind is the scene that Grandma was dressed in a thick traditional gown standing in front of a tent, waiting for him to return home.

It seems as if I played with my elder brother on a grassland and picked up cattle dung for fuel yesterday, Recalling his past life, Namser, in grade eight, smiled.

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