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Interview: Senior Nepali journalist finds Tibet amazing
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09:39, June 07, 2008

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A senior Nepali journalist was still amazed by his trips to Tibet a couple of years ago.

"Fixed taxi fare, no matter from where to which place inside the Lhasa city, is interesting," Kishor Shrestha, chief editor of the Nepali weekly Jana Aastha, said in an interview with Xinhua Friday.

"The amazing thing I have found in Tibet is that there is not a single village without the access of transportation and electricity," said Shrestha, who travelled to Tibet in 1997 and 2002.

"Vegetables are produced even in the freezing month of December and fruits from all over the world are available for the local people, which still seems impossible in our similar areas like Manang and Mustang districts, some 200 km west of the Nepali capital Kathmandu," he said.

"The main reason behind this might be the Chinese leadership's commitment, determination and dedication towards the Tibetan people there," Shrestha added.

He said Nepal should learn from China's "system of supporting the backward areas by the developed areas."

"As far as I know, economically sound coastal provinces like Guangdong and Fujian have been assisting in the development race of Linzhi (Ningchi) of the Tibet Autonomous Region," Shrestha said.

As for the protection of the cultural heritage in Tibet, he said it was very difficult to maintain the heritage, especially in such a terrain.

"But renovating and keeping intact the 1700s monasteries, palaces and so on there is a miracle," he noted.

"The world could get more benefits from Tibet thanks to the historical documents well kept in Lhasa's Archeology Department. There are more than 3 million historical written materials," Shrestha said.

Source:Xinhua



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