China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI -

The large-scale per­for­mance

was staged for the first time in the high­est open-air theater in the world, 4,020 me­ters, in Gyangze county of Shi­gatse in the Ti­bet au­ton­o­mous re­gion on Aug 15.

The Gyangze gov­ern­ment hopes this se­rial drama de­pict­ing lo­cal herds­men’s life, which cost 20 mil­lion yuan ($3.25 mil­lion) of ini­tial fund­ing from the Shang­hai gov­ern­ment, will at­tract more tourists to the poor re­gion.

This year is the 20th an­niver­sary of Shang­hai’s as­sis­tance to Ti­bet. In the past 20 years, the Shang­hai gov­ern­ment has sent 376 civil ser­vants to work for three years in Shi­gatse, and 1,216 con­struc­tion pro­jects were com­pleted due to the fund­ing from Shang­hai.

In July 1994, the cen­tral gov­ern­ment called on 14 pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments in the bet­ter-off east­ern part of China to sup­port the devel­op­ment of the seven re­gions in Ti­bet.

In 1995, Shang­hai se­lected 49 out of 3,500 ap­pli­cants as the first batch of civil ser­vants to as­sist Ti­bet. Send­ing young civil ser­vants to re­mote towns and coun­ties in Ti­bet was the main form of ini­tial as­sis­tance. The young of­fi­cials have played im­por­tant roles in ob­tain­ing nec­es­sary in­for­ma­tion on lo­cal so­cial and economic con­di­tions.

That in­for­ma­tion proved valu­able in the cen­tral gov­ern­ment’s large-scale in­vest­ment in the plateau ar­eas that be­gan in the late 1990s. The in­vest­ment goes to nat­u­ral preser­va­tion, in­fra­struc­ture devel­op­ment, ed­u­ca­tion, med­i­cal care and the ba­sic so­cial wel­fare net,

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