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Qinghai-Tibet Railway brings good life
15:01, July 24, 2012  

Qinghai-Tibet Railway has brought great changes to life of Tibetan farmers and nomads along its path since its operation on July 1, 2006.

Sama Village of Naiqung Township, Tohlung Dechen County, half an hour driving from downtown Lhasa, used to be a small village depending on the mercy of weather; but the favorable location near Lhasa West Railway Station has changed the village after the opening of Qinghai-Tibet Railway.

The large vans parking in the village, the verdant highland barley fields as well as neat buildings in Tibetan style, show the advantages brought by the 1956-kilometer Qinghai-Tibet Railway.

Gyaltsen, whose family live on farming for generations, enjoys his sideline in the transportation industry, as the administrator of handling team in the Sama Village Zhentong Logistic Company Ltd, a township enterprise co-founded by local villagers.

"Women in my family can deal with most of the farm work, since we have less farmland than before, therefore male members are free to go out for other works and earn more incomes to improve our life," said Gyaltsen, sitting in his bright living room and enjoying the scent of a bowl of butter tea.

Transportation has become the pillar industry of Sama Village, and the establishment of the village's logistics company not only promotes local employment, but also lays a foundation for future development of the 840 households in the village, according to Gyaltsen.

"Now we can get work opportunities in railway station or the logistics company near home, instead of leaving hometown for jobs in other place," said Gyaltsen.

Depending on the advantages, business of the company keeps booming. At present the annual revenue of the company has amounted to more than three million yuan, and pays for medical and endowment insurances for all villagers in addition.

"Annual per capita income of our village reaches more than 5 thousand yuan, and some can earn 10 thousand yuan. We are enjoying a much better life than before," said Nyima, secretary of the village.

Lhasa West Railway Station, core freight station on Qinghai-Tibet Railway, contributes effectively to prosperity of Tibet. According to statistics, cargo throughput of the station has reached 1.57 million tons during first half year and will break through 3 million tons by the end of the year.

Source: China Tibet Online

(Editor:陈丽丹、张茜)

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