With his backpack and first aid kit, 49-year-old Wu Suhong starts his daily work in Tibet, where he is chief of the 10th "aid-Tibet" team of foreign language tour guides.
China's National Tourism Administration launched the aid-Tibet program a decade ago to meet the urgent demand for foreign language-speaking guides.
The volunteers can now be found in many key locations, from Potala Palace to the foot of Qomolangma.
The guides are obligated to clearly instruct people about Tibet's history and culture, but also to provide an updated view of the region.
Xiao Luhui, a volunteer who speaks fluent French, says he has arranged home visits for tourists with very outdated guidebooks. He says it's his job to get them up to speed about modern Tibet.
According to Shao Qiwei, director of the National Tourism Administration, 570 volunteer tour guides have worked in Tibet since 2003, and the program will be continued over the next 10 years.
Source: China Tibet Online
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