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15:13 Mar 11 2009

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Prospects of a bright future (stories from a real Tibet)
15:12, March 11, 2009  

In June last year, I set foot in the land of Tibet for the first time. There, the natural environment had not been polluted at all, and the blue sky made me feel an incomparable excitement. Despite the intense stress from the altitude, it was very rewarding for me to be able to personally appreciate the pure natural scenery of Tibet.

Although the extent of Lhasa's development cannot compare with Beijing or Shanghai, the development of this highland city at an altitude of thousands of meters far exceeded my imagination. In the city, people have access to mobile phone signal and the Internet, while they also enjoy good sanitary conditions. When we visited a herder's family in the suburbs of Lhasa, we saw they were living in a new house, drinking clean tap water and had a motorcycle for transportation. I also drank the fragrant and nutritious Tibetan butter tea. From what I could see, the herders were very satisfied with their lives. The ethnic Tibetans are diligent workers and have optimistic views on life. They are hospitable and simple, just like the folks of my hometown.

During my stay in Tibet, I happened to witness the Lhasa leg of the Beijing Olympic torch relay. Seas of people filled the square in front of the Potala Palace, and the ethnic Tibetans performed traditional dances in traditional ethnic dress. Many of them were villagers from remote areas, coming from afar to witness the event. I also met a few female students from the University of Tibet, and what surprised me most was that they watched Korean TV drama series, and were familiar with South Korean fads. The students were youthful and energetic, and had expectations for a bright future.

—— Zhang Shizheng, China Bureau Chief, JoongAng Daily on March 10 in Beijing

By People's Daily Online

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