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Online business makes life different in Tibet
    Date:04-22-2011 Source:tibet.cn Author:    

Over the past two years, the access to Internet has made the life different in Luxia Village of Mainling county, Nyingchi Prefecture.

"I sold 22 tons of corn to Lhasa and Chengdu last year through Internet, and I earned 100,000 yuan," Sonam, a Tibetan villager from Mainling County, Nyingchi Prefecture couldn’t help talking about his online business excitedly.

Sonam’s home is a small and remote village named Luxiao which lies at the foot of Himalaya. It is an ideal place for growing distinctive cash crops such as high-quality corn, bracken and many kinds of  herbal plants.

Previously, the backward transportation facility impeded their communication with potential markets outside the village.

However, the situation has changed remarkably with their access of Internet.

"It was once a headache for us to sell out our distinctive products due to the lack of information before,' said secretary of the village Party committee Sege while clicking the mouse, checking out agriculture information online.

In this case, Mainling County  bought 5 computers for Luxiao Village with a population of only 256, and taught villagers how to get online.

The outcome is encouraging. Up till now, Luxia villagers have posted information on over 200 products with quite successful deals.

Sonam said that in April 2010, he sold 22 tons of corns to Lhasa and Sichuan, making a profit of 100,000 yuan thanks to the online communication with buyers outside.

Nyima Tsering, a villager from the neighboring village even exported his bracken to Korea.

These successful stories inspired their fellow villagers. Many other villagers followed suit to learn to use computers in hoping for "diging gold out of it”.

"Internet has made our life different,” Sege said.

In the 12th Five-Year Plan period (2011-2015), Tibet plans to invest 10 billion yuan in telecommunications, in a bid to cover all main roads and tourists destinations with 2G and prefecture-level towns with 3G networks.

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