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Warm hut warms heart

By An Baijie (China Daily)

15:10, December 27, 2011

Editor's note: China Daily reporter An Baijie and photographer Feng Yongbin went to the Tibetan-inhabited region of Zoige county of Aba Tibetan and Qiang autonomous prefecture in Sichuan province, Southwest China, from Dec 14 to 18. Our reporters went to the homes of Tibetan herdsmen and grassroots hospitals to bring readers the true stories of the lives of local people.

It's a bitter-sweet trip for me to go to the Tibetan-inhabited region as a journalist.

On the one hand, this was my chance to get close to the Tibetan herdsmen, to listen to their stories, get a glimpse into their lives, and eat plateau food, all of which were fresh experiences for me. On the other, I worried whether I would be able to get through the cold night, survive the tough plateau climate.

A colleague had recommended packing a thick sleeping bag for the trip, since she heard that "herdsmen lived only in thin tents" and "the only way to keep warm was to tremble".

My fear grew when I arrived at Zoige county, having heard that a reporter from the local newspaper fainted twice in a day, subjected to the thin plateau air.

Luckily, I didn't faint and the hotel had air-conditioners, which could keep the room temperature above the freezing point.

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