Lhoba people’s new life

14:05, May 18, 2011      

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The young in Qionglin Village wear traditional costumes as they welcome tourists. (Xinhua Photo/ Wang Ying)

Traditional customs of Lhoba, an ethnic minority in China (Xinhua Photo/ Yao Jianfeng)

Qionglin Village of the Nyingchi District of Tibet is a land full of red-roofed buildings, where fertile farmlands dot the countryside and cattle and pigs wander around freely among them. In this region live the Lhoba people, the smallest ethnic minority of China in population. With the support of the central government, Lhoba people's primitive lifestyle, which involved living in the woods and slash-and-burn cultivation, has given way to settling down in a civilized society.

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