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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

Western journalists feel at home

October 12, 2007

by:Zheng Peng 2007-10-10 09:39:22
China Tibet Information Center
(China Tibet Information center is the official propaganda website by
the Chinese government on Tibet)

"It's really amazing! I thought Tibet was just a little village, but
it's a modern city!" Chairman of Austrian Journalist Club Tuen was
surprised when he arrived in Lhasa. He kept shooting with his camera
again and again.
Environment protection fruitful
The Austrian journalists chose Qinghai-Tibet Railway as transportation
which is opened one year ago. 960 kilometers of Golmud to Lhasa segment
of the railway runs at 4,000 meters above the sea level, with the
highest point at 5,072 meters. It also travels 550 kilometers within
no-human area. How to protect the surrounding ecological environment of
the railway is the biggest issue they are interested in.

According to the conductor, there is on site garbage collection system
deployed on all the trains running on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. Oxygen
supply is also provided near the beds, and every carriage is diffused
with oxygen. All the windows are UV resistance and there's
anti-lightning strike system installed on the roof of the train.

They were all satisfied with the on board condition in the train. Peier,
1.9 meter high, is an analyst for "Messenger Paper". "Usually I will be
uneasy if I travel by train, but I don't have such feeling in the train
on Qinghai-Tibet Railway. It's so comfortable that I even didn't know
whether it was running or not when I woke up in midnight," He smiled.

"The bed is just fine, not too hard nor too soft, quite peaceful as
well. It's better than the trains in Austria. I won't exchange it to
flight ticket with anybody!" journalist Schwitz for "Media Network" added.

The efforts made by the Chinese government for environment protection
can be seen in other places in Tibet as well. They were delighted to see
that there are 20 "green schools" named in Tibet, from primary schools
to universities. One of them even found that there were no plastic bags
in Tibet's supermarkets, but recycled bags made of cotton instead. "Even
all the supermarkets in Europe cannnot make it," the Austrian concluded.

"What a modern Tibet !"

Tibet has been described as a poor place in those old reading materials
in western countries, Schwitz introduced. She has been always thinking
that people there was isolated from the outside world due to the
inconvenient traffic. However, this view was swept out when she walked
in the countryside of Lhasa.

"The virescence in Tibet is great! Women have so many work opportunities
as well. It's totally different from what's said on books!" Austrian
Television Station media journalist Bauer argued as he shot with his camera.
Kathic often went out for a walk after supper in the evening to
experience the local life there. Everything on the streets: KTV, western
style food, net cafe, part-time workers from all the places, huge
Transformers, Harry Potter movie posters, and etc. make him feel so
fresh and free. He was warned not to see around, nor touch anything,
especially to take care of what to say. And now he really had no idea
what should worry about.
Visiting local families

The Austrian paid a visit to Tashi's family. All the home appliance: TV
set, telephone, fridge, etc are placed in the house, tidy and clean.
Besides feeding livestock, Tashi also does transportation as a second
undertaking. He earns quite a lot every year.
"We have difficulty communicating with these rural people though, we
find that they are very happy and full of hopes with the life from their
smiling faces. They are not that stiff as we thought they would be, but
full of passion, they are very outgoing actually", Schwitz said.
"Despite of lack in production technic in some places, these are all
going to be changed as traffic is improved, "Peier believed. He felt
familiar with them because they live exactly as those in Alps, which
made him homesick.
Protetion on Tibetan Buddhism praised
The Austrian journalists interviewed Tashilhunpo Monastery
Administration Office director, monk Phunlha.
They kept asking questions to Phunlha who answered patiently one by one.
All the monks here are free to join or quit the monastery. But those are
restricted to young people aged from 15 to 19. The monastery will ask
them whether it's the intention of themselves or not. And they will also
come to their parents for advise. Every year, the Chinese government
allocates funds to the monastery for cultural relics protection work,
there is even extra fund added for special care.
"The central government put so much investment on cultural relics
protection every year, which really do well for Tibetan Buddism for
Tibet Autonomous Region", said Schwitz when she walked out the monastery.

"I promise I will tell all I've seen here to my friends and tell them
throw away those old books. They are totally untrue from what I see in
Tibet. The journey raises a revolution in my mind!", Peier said.

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