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GLOBALink | Tibet in Colors

LHASA, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) - Today's Tibet is a land of color, bursting with diversity, culture, and well-preserved history.

Over seven decades, the region in southwest China has emerged from darkness to brightness, from backwardness to progress, from poverty to prosperity.

The Tibet Autonomous Region celebrates the 70th anniversary of its peaceful liberation this year.

In 1951, the Agreement of the Central People's Government and the Local Government of Tibet on Measures for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet, known as the 17-Article Agreement officially proclaimed the peaceful liberation of Tibet.

In the old days, agriculture and livestock in Tibet were at the mercy of nature, and industry was non-existent.

In 2020, the GDP in Tibet soared past 190 billion yuan (about 29.3 billion U.S. dollars), from merely 130 million yuan in 1951.

During the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-2020), Tibet hosted close to 160 million tourist visits.

Now 140 flights connect Tibet with the rest of the country and other parts of the world.

In the old Tibet, over 90 percent of Tibetans struggled for subsistence, and up to 95 percent were illiterate.

Today, hunger and poverty is a thing of the past for people of all ethnic groups in Tibet, and per capita living space in Tibet is close to 40 square meters.

Meanwhile, the 15-year public-funded education is conducted across the region, ending the long-standing issue of school drop-out.

Nowadays, nearly 3.65 million people live in Tibet, up 21.52 percent from 2010. Over 86 percent of the population is Tibetan.

The average life expectancy has risen from 35.5 years in 1951 to 71.1 years.

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