China at a Glance: Tibet Today (A brochure on Tibet produced in May, 1984)

Taking the general Chinese populace as its target audience, this informational brochure on the Tibetan Autonomous Region, 西藏自治区/西藏自治區, serves as an organ through which the successes and advancements brought about in Tibet that have positively changed the locals’ lives since the establishment of the People’s Republic of China are propagated and promulgated . This brochure does so by first providing an introduction to the province and the different areas in which change has been brought and then by a peek into the daily lives of those within the region through a series of photos, some samples of which are included below.

中國一瞥 :今日西藏 China At a Glance: Tibet Today

This document includes an introduction of the Tibetan Autonomous Region that begins with a detailing of the basic geographic and demographic facts of the region. From there it proceeds to summarize the situation before and after the peaceful liberation of Tibet. It does this by contrasting the long-term suffering before liberation, explained as being due to the feudal agricultural system when all major possessions and instruments necessary for economic production were owned by temples, local authorities or nobles depressing the economic output and dooming the people to lives of extreme poverty, with the improvements brought to people’s lives due particularly to the democratic revolution in 1959 and the abolishment of the system of agricultural slavery. From there the achievements made in agriculture and animal husbandry due to the party and government’s carefully planned aid and policy implementation are explained.

Additional details of the improvements in the following five areas are briefly elaborated upon in the brochure.

1)   Many industries are explained to have been developed thanks both to the support of those throughout each region of the nation and the hard work of the people of each ethnicity within Tibet.

2)   Transportation networks have been opened up since the founding of the nation, connecting Lhasa with other provinces and major cities via road and air travel.

3)   Improvement of the education system through the construction of numerous educational institutions at all levels so as to rectify the previous situation in which over 90% of the population was illiterate.  The publishing industry also was developed with the retention of Tibetan flavor to help promote this goal.

4)   Buddhist temples and relics are recognized as the long-standing symbol of Tibetan cultural heritage and thus have attained appropriate repair, management, and reconstruction. As a result they have been able to be opened up to visitors and Buddhist disciples from throughout world.

5)   Minzu cadres have grown strong in this region with two thirds being Tibetan, from which high-ranking positions have been attained.

In the top picture, the workers of Zayü or Chayu county, 察隅县/察隅縣, can be seen harvesting rice. Rice paddies occupy one third of the area in the region. Zayü is a county in Nyingchi or Linzhi Prefecture, 林芝地区/林芝地區, is proclaimed to have already become one of Tibet’s rising industrial bases.
In the middle picture, is a Tibetan worker spinning wool in factory.
The caption for the bottom picture claims that not only is Tibetan rug-making a traditional ethnic handicraft industry that receives high praise domestically, but in the international market as well.


Combine harvesters such as the one in the top-left photo are examples of the agricultural mechanization that is accelerating year after year.
The salt lakes of Northern Tibet such as in the top-right picture are abundant sources of minerals.
In the bottom-right picture, the caption states tea to be something that the Tibetan people cannot do without. The tea trees have been introduced from Sichuan Province.
The rattan bridges such as in the bottom-left photo are a unique feature of Mêdog County, 墨脱县/墨脫縣, also known as Metok or Motuo County in English.

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