Ti­betan cul­ture to dis­play splen­dor in Canada

China Daily (Canada) - - SPECIAL - By DA QIONG and PALDEN NY­IMA in Ti­bet palden_ny­ima@chi­nadaily.com.cn Con­tact the writ­ers at daqiong@ chi­nadaily.com.cn and palden_ny­ima@

Ti­bet’s unique cul­ture is be­ing dis­cov­ered more and more around the globe. In early Novem­ber, that rich cul­ture will be on dis­play once again in Canada, at the 2014 Canada China Ti­betan Cul­tural Week in Van­cou­ver and Toronto from Nov 3-14.

“This time we con­duct the China Ti­betan Cul­ture Week in the coun­try of maple leaves,” said Dorje Tse­drub, the vice-chair­man of the Ti­bet au­ton­o­mous re­gion. “We be­lieve it is an op­por­tu­nity for Cana­di­ans to get to know more about Ti­bet and Ti­betan cul­ture via view­ing Ti­betan tra­di­tional songs, dances, thangka paint­ings, folk cus­toms pre­sen­ta­tion, and through close com­mu­ni­ca­tions with Ti­betol­o­gists, Ti­betan med­i­cal ex­perts and high-rank­ing monks.”

Ac­tiv­i­ties this year in­clude a thangka paint­ing ex­hi­bi­tion, Ti­betan films, lec­tures by Ti­betan schol­ars, Ti­betan songs and dances, and Ti­betan but­ter tea-mak­ing demon­stra­tion.

“Canada is a great county, and it is fa­mous for its rich nat­u­ral re­sources, ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy, and beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment,” said Tse­drub. “It will help to pro­mote bet­ter un­der­stand­ing be­tween var­i­ous cir­cles in Canada and China’s Ti­bet, and it will help to deepen the bi­lat­eral friend­ship.”

Since 2001, the China Ti­betan Cul­tural Week has taken place in Aus­tralia, New Zealand, Bel­gium, Canada, Thai­land, Spain, Italy, Den­mark, Aus­tria, Rus­sia, Poland and Ger­many.

The cul­tural week is co-spon­sored by China’s State Coun­cil In­for­ma­tion Of­fice and the Ex­ter­nal Pub­lic­ity Of­fice of the Peo­ple’s Gov­ern­ment of the Ti­bet au­ton­o­mous re­gion. The event aims to showcase Ti­betan cul­ture, eco­nomic, po­lit­i­cal, and so­cial achieve­ments.

Es­tab­lished in 1965, the Ti­bet au­ton­o­mous re­gion is a prov­ince-level au­ton­o­mous re­gion of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China.

With a land area cov­er­ing more than 1.2 mil­lion square kilo­me­ters, Ti­bet has a pop­u­la­tion of more than 3 mil­lion. Lo­cated on the Ti­betan Plateau, it is also known as the roof of the world. The av­er­age el­e­va­tion of the re­gion is more than 4,000 me­ters. Mount Qo­molangma, the high­est moun­tain in the world, is lo­cated on Ti­bet’s bor­der with Nepal.

Ti­bet neigh­bors are China’s Xin­jiang au­ton­o­mous re­gion in the north, and the prov­inces of Qing­hai, Sichuan and Yun­nan in the north­east, east and south­east, re­spec­tively.

Ti­bet has more than 82 mil­lion hectares of nat­u­ral grass­land, ac­count­ing for 68 per­cent of the re­gion’s land area and one-fifth of all of China’s nat­u­ral grass­land.

Ti­bet’s gross do­mes­tic prod­uct ex­ceeded 80 bil­lion yuan ($13 bil­lion) in 2013, an an­nual in­crease of 12.1 per­cent. To­tal fixed-as­set in­vest­ment was 91.8 bil­lion yuan, up 29 per­cent.

Per capita net in­come of farm­ers and herds­men was 6,578 yuan in 2013, an in­crease of 15 per­cent from 2012. Per capita dis­pos­able in­come for ur­ban res­i­dents was about 20,000 yuan, an in­crease of 11 per­cent.

Ti­bet wel­comed 12.91 mil­lion do­mes­tic and over­seas tourists last year, up 22 per­cent, ac­cord­ing to the Ti­bet Tourism Bureau.

The in­flux of tourists brought 16.51 bil­lion yuan ($2.68 bil­lion) in rev­enue to the re­gion in 2013, an in­crease of 30.6 per­cent year on year, ac­count­ing for 20.45 per­cent of the re­gion’s GDP.


Ti­betan dancers per­form dur­ing the Sho­ton Fes­ti­val in Au­gust in Ti­bet. The 2014 Canada China Ti­betan Cul­tural Week will open in Van­cou­ver from Nov 3-14.

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