SHANGHAI INVESTMENT BEGINS TO PAY OFF
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,