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Tour guide: exhibition helps public know Tibet better


BEIJING, April 28, 2009 -- "These documents are letters written by the Tibetan separatists in India in 1956. They asked the Dalai Lama to stay there for leading the Tibet Independence activities..."

"This is a PLA (People's Liberation Army) soldier whose heart was gouged out by rebels. And these are common people whose noses or upper lips were cut off..."

"The Democratic Reform in Tibet has abolished the dark feudal serfdom and smashed the shackles of millions of serfs and slaves..."

Photo taken on March 23, 2009 shows a tour guide introducing economic achievements in Tibet during the past 50 years at the 50th Anniversary of the Democratic Reform in Tibet Exhibition, which is held in Beijing. 

Pointing to photos and real objects one by one, Tour Guide Gao Yuting narrated passionately to visitors for the Exhibition on Democratic Reform in Tibet.

Gao, a postgraduate from Beijing-based Minzu University, majors in archaeology and Museology. Since the begining of the exhibition, she has worked there as a tour guide for two months.

In order to explain in detail the historical development after the democratic reform during the past five decades, she has made full preparations such as remembering a commentary of almost 10,000 Chinese characters, reading volumes of books like "The Nearest Place to The Sun" and watching video clips about Tibet's past and present and March 14 riot in Lhasa.

"Today is April 2, sunny. Two rural women from Zhaqi County in Tibet escaped to our Working Committee, to get away from hunger and corvee..." wrote photographer Zhao Hua in his diary about a serf Dondrup.

People visit the exhibition marking the 50th Anniversary of Democratic Reforms in the Tibet Autonomous Region, in Beijing, March 31, 2009. Opened since Feb. 24, the exhibition has attracted people from all walks of life. It runs until April 30.  

"Compared to the pictures reflecting the Tibetans' happy life today, this diary has helped people to understand how miserable the Tibetan women's life was before the Democratic Reform," Gao said.

"Around half past 14p.m. on March 14, 2008, three criminals set on fire the Yishion Franchised Store on the Mid Beijing Road, Lhasa. Five young girls -- He Xinxin, Tsering Drolkar, Yang Dongmei, Chen Jia and Liu Yan -- who worked in the store were burnt to death..."

"Each time when I tell of this tragedy, I can feel an atmosphere of seriousness among the audiance, with tears running down the cheeks of some," she added.

"This is really a good opportunity for me to serve here as a tour guide. It has helped me know Tibet's history better. I hope more people will visit this exhibition," said Gao.


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