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Feature: Nepali people astonished at economic prosperity in Tibet

December 18, 2007

     KATHMANDU, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- The China Tibet Photographic
Exhibition closed on Saturday afternoon in the Nepali capital Kathmandu
with over 600

people visiting the week-long exhibition.

     During the exhibition, Nepali audiences were astonished to see the
economic prosperity achieved by the people of the Tibet Autonomous
Region as

depicted in the photographs displayed in the exhibition, which opened
last Sunday.

     Among the photographs which gripped the attention of majority of
visitors of the photo exhibition were two photos in a same frame with
the caption "Old

Lhasa City" in 1942 and "New Lhasa City" in 2003 taken by prominent
Tibetan photographer Tenzin Gyatso.

     Although some lamented over the loss of simplicity of old lifestyle
due to modern technology, none could deny the economic prosperity
achieved by Tibet

Autonomous Region as depicted in yet another photograph which was taken
by Wangjiu Duoji with the caption "Old Beijing Road in Lhasa" and the "New

Beijing Road in Lhasa".

     Indeed, as said by Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Zheng Xianglin
during the inauguration ceremony of the photo exhibition, the
photographers have come

to Nepal with the concrete proof of the socio-economic development that
Tibet Autonomous Region has achieved in recent years.

     Tibet autonomous region of China, in recent years, has achieved
great success in economic and social development. The Gross Domestic
Product (GDP)

growth rate of Tibet has reached more than 12 percent during last seven
years.

     The income of peasants and shepherds has increased 13.5
percentwhich proves the development of prosperous and democratic new
Tibet compared with

the old one.

     Among 130 photographs displayed in the exhibition, the
photographers succeeded to present the economic prosperity achieved by
Tibet Autonomous

Region during these years.

     During the inauguration ceremony of the exhibition, Nepali Minister
for Education and Sports Pradeep Nepal said that both countries possess
similar

geographic features which are separated by the Himalayas.

     He pointed out that the photographs of people in China's Tibet
reflected the similarities with Nepalese living in Himalayan region who
shared similar

religious and cultural background.

     Talking to Xinhua, Che Gang, who has been pursuing professional
photography in Tibet Autonomous Region for more than 20 years, said that
he can not

describe the changes he had witnessed in the area of socio-economic
field of Tibet Autonomous Region.

     "It is almost impossible to tell the changes that I have witnessed
during my photography career," said Che.

     During the program, Bikas Rauniyar, president of Nepal Forum of
Photo Journalists, the local partner of the exhibition, said that the
event would help

Nepali people to learn more about the culture and day-to-day life of the
neighboring country.

     He added that the exhibition would enhance frequent communication
and cooperation in all fields especially in the cultural aspect,
carrying forward the

mutual tradition of long-term alliance between the Chinese and the
Nepalese people in recent years.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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