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10:35 Jan 31 2012

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Better infrastructure drives Tibetans to make wealth in Ganzi, Sichuan
10:34, January 31, 2012  

With the fast development of infrastructure and local economy in Ganzi Tibetan-inhabited area in Sichuan Province, Tibetans have made their new way of earning a better life.

Yixi, a local resident in Muya village, Kangding County in Ganzi told his story.

Since 2006, municipal government has implemented utmost effort for the "New Village" construction project, resolving the problem of housing, drinking water and transportation of local Tibetans, said Yixi. Nowadays, each family lives in houses and connects through highways.

"Even my water heater on the roof was given by the government," added by Yixi

With the high-speed development of local tourism, Yixi begins to use several rooms of his two-story house for renting during the summer peak travel season, which has gained a considerable income for him.

"I only earned several thousand yuan per year before 2007. After the highway outside my house was built by the government in 2007, my family lives a much better life than before, getting 150,000 yuan(US$25,000) per year," said Yixi.

Yixi's story is just a snapshot of the prosperous Tibetans in Ganzi. Reporters have conducted many in-depth reports in the Tibetan areas. They find that seeking prosperity and development is the most common desire of the Tibetan people.

What Tibetans want most is a stable society and improved livelihood. The Chinese central government has made huge investments into the Tibetan-inhabited areas, which has greatly raised the standard of living and protected the traditional culture of Tibet. It is easy to see that petitions for "independence" and self-immolations are actually ideas imported from overseas.

In the past three decades, to protect and maintain the cultural relics of the Tibet Autonomous Region alone, the central government has invested 1.3 billion yuan ($210 million), including the renovation of the Potala Palace in Lhasa.

From: China Tibet Online

(Editor:叶欣)

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