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Local residents talk about changes and happiness in Lhasa

  • Source : VTIBET.com Author : Tenzin Woebom Time : 11/08/2019 Editor : Tenzin Woebom

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    Located in the old district of Lhasa city, Barkhor Street is a famous street surrounding the Jokhang Temple. With a history of over 1,300 years, the street was built and developed in concert with Jokhang Temple. [Photo/VTIBET.com]


    Among the millions of streets in China, there is a special one in Lhasa. It may not look that spectacular or grand, but for many people it's a sacred street. It is called Barkhor Street.


    Located in the old area of Lhasa city, Barkhor Street is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple. It's equally popular with locals and visitors.


    The city planners are striving to protect the historical and cultural relics, maintain the existing features of Barkhor, protect the historical value of the street, make full use of the existing religious and humanistic resources as well as develop the profound Tibetan culture.



    Photo shows a scene of the Sensur courtyard of Dengyeling community in Barkhor Street of Lhasa, regional capital of Tibet Autonomous Region. [Photo/VTIBET.com]


    During renovations of the main street through the old district, attention is paid to the modern trappings, including ceramic tiles, roll-up doors, security windows or anything that doesn't conform to traditional Tibetan culture.


    "Speaking of the exact way for protecting the ancient street, we have renovated the main street through the old district, and removed the modern trappings which don't conform to traditional Tibetan culture," said Rigphel Tsengke, a staff of Barkhor Management Committee.


    What's more, the Chinese central government has over the years instituted many polices to help Tibet's development, to enable Tibetans to enjoy better living conditions and public service infrastructure.



    56 years old Tenzin Phuntsok praises the changes and happy life in the yard. [Photo/VTIBET.com]


    Tenzin Phuntsok, an old local citizen living in the Sensur courtyard of Dengyeling community said, "we once used cow dung, firewood and coal as the main fuels of keeping warm, all these ways of heating caused a lot of dust and smoke in our house. However, after the central heating project was launched, we have not to burn cow dung to keep warm any more. It's convenient for us."


    Talking about changes in his life, the old man recalls the past with great emotion, "I witness every change happened in here because I've never left the courtyard since I was born. Tibet's democratic reform opened up bright prospects. With the strong support of the central government, the ethnic peoples of Tibet have spared no effort in forging ahead and transforming old Tibet into a beautiful new home that is economically prosperous and socially advanced."

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