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Rope bridges to be replaced in Tibet
16:58, May 04, 2010  


The rope bridge.


Eighty-four "Liusuos," makeshift bridges made of ropes, in four areas of Tibet, namely Changdu, Linzhi, Naqu and Rikaze, will gradually be replaced by modern bridges, according to the transportation departments of Tibet.

"Liusuos" are ropes connected to both sides of rivers or mountains where people can cross over ravines and rivers. They were the original tools to cross rivers used by people such as the Tibetans and the Lisuzu ethnic group in the Hengduan Mountains of southwestern China.

More than 40,000 farmers and herdsmen who have relied on "Liusuos" for thousands of years to lead them to the outside world will say goodbye to isolation and Liusuos will also become monuments to the development of transportation in Tibet.

Currently, there are 66 "Liusuos" that need to be replaced by bridges in Tibet. According to estimations, an investment of 200 million yuan is required, according to the Liusuos-Bridges Coordination Leading Group of Tibet Autonomous Region." The project is expected to be completed in two years once the investment is available.

By People's Daily Online

(Editor:叶欣)

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