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"Beautiful life" (A story about the real Tibet)
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16:51, March 12, 2009

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I have been to Tibet four times. Every trip I made there had immersed me in deep meditation and remains fresh and vivid in my mind now.

In 2004, I drove to many places in Tibet, including some remote areas where tourists were a rarity. In those places, everything we saw was so beautiful: the most untouched natural scenery, the unadorned Tibetan countryside and the hearty smiles of sincere and honest faces. I was deeply impressed by a trip to a far-off little village, which was inhabited by just three or four households. It was so surprising that we could use our mobile phones there. Just unbelievable in such a remote place in Tibet!

In 2007, I went to Tibet because of an attraction to the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. I simply wanted to personally experience it. Traveling on the train was very comfortable, and I was intoxicated by the beautiful scenery during the entire ride. I thought the Chinese government was really great to have built a railway across the "roof of the world."

I have always believed that people who have yet to visit Tibet have no right to criticize the region, because they do not understand the real Tibet or the efforts the Chinese government has made for its construction and development. I have many friends in Tibet, and gradually, they have become well off through trading arts and crafts between Tibet and Beijing. With the growing economic integration of Tibet and Chinese mainland, beautiful lives can be seen on the faces of the people. From their smiles, I can read their heartfelt joys. I wish a better tomorrow for the development of Tibet!

—— Mexico's former ambassador to China Ismael Sergio Ley Lopez on March 10 from Mexico City

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