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Exhibit on Tibet's democratic reform opens in Beijing



A guide introduces a photo in an exhibition marking the 50th anniversary of the Democratic Reform in Tibet Autonomous Region in Beijing, China, Feb. 24, 2009. (Xinhua Photo)


BEIJING, Feb. 24, 2009-- An exhibition marking the 50th anniversary of the Democratic Reform in Tibet opened at the Cultural Palace of Nationalities in Beijing this morning. The exhibition will run through April 10.

Prof. Zhu Xiaoming, a senior official of the China Tibetan Studies Center, said that the exhibition aims to highlight the tremendous changes that has taken place in Tibet since the Democratic Reform began in 1959. He also asked those wishing to know Tibet better to visit the exhibition, saying it is a good opportunity.

The exhibition has three parts: the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet, the Crack-down on the Armed Rebellion,  the Democratic Reform in Tibet, the Fight against Rebelions and Separation Attempts, as well as Tibet's Economic and Social Development.

On display are pictures dating back to 50 years ago, instruments to torture the serfs when Tibet was still under feudal serfdom, and documents and correspondence by government officials, etc.

Also available are simulated scenarios to show in a vivid way the miserable life of serfs, jubilant celebrations when the serfs were emancipated and others.

"I am shocked to see pictures of the wretched serfs and what they had suffered, but thanks to the Communist Party and its policies, those dark days are gone forever. We now can lead a happy life, " said a Tibetan student from the Minzu University of China (also known as Central University of Nationalities).

On a special stage several Tibetan artists show to visitors their New Year preparations, including Ghee-flower making, painting, and local snacks such as kasai, buttered tea, and tsampa, etc. Visitors are even encouraged to try the food.

When asked how they are going to mark the Tibetan New Year, which falls on tomorrow, an artist said that she is going to get together with some Tibetan friends in Beijing and have dinner.


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