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"Tremendous changes" (Story of a real Tibet)
19:47, March 25, 2009  

Feature: My impression on Tibet

Since that trip in 1995, I have not returned to Tibet. However, I believe that through the development of the past ten or so years, Tibet has had tremendous changes, said Yeo Shi-dong, deputy director of the international department of the editing bureau of the South Korea's Chosun Ilbo, in Seoul on March 23.

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"I visited Tibet in 1995 for the purpose of tourism. I stayed there for a total of four days. Although my trip was not long, it left me with a deep impression.

The beauty of Tibet was beyond my imagination. I was deeply overwhelmed by everything there. I visited the Jokhang Temple, saw the Potala Palace and toured the Namtso Lake. I marveled everywhere I went. Tibet's clear water, blue sky, wide views and beautiful scenery can make one feel out of this world.

Actually, I knew little about Tibet before I went there. I had only read some relevant reports.

While I was there, I saw that the locals lived stable lives and that the Tibetan traditional lifestyle was well preserved.

From then on, I have paid more attention to Tibet. I not only understand the dark feudal serfdom that was in place in old Tibet, but have also seen the great changes that have occurred in new Tibet.

In addition, I have also discovered that some reports on Tibet by western media are excessively biased. Moreover, I'm now contemplating how to report on Tibet more objectively.

Since that trip, I have not returned to Tibet. However, I believe that through the development of the past ten or so years, Tibet has had tremendous changes. Next time when I have the opportunity, I will be certain to visit and see for myself."

By People's Daily Online

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