Reading Becoming New Fashion in Tibet


Reading has been becoming a new fashion in Tibet amid the "national reading campaign" that was launched throughout China earlier this year.

The Tibet Autonomous Regional Press and Publication Bureau has presented books to children, police officers and monks in Tibet, creating a good reading environment in the region.

A student reads a book at a Xinhua Bookstore in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region,

during the National Day holiday of 2009, photo from chinatibetnews.

Since 2006, the bureau has given 8,000 books to the students of Tibet's primary and middle schools on the occasion of the International Children's Day each year.

Moreover, the bureau urges Tibet's book and audio publishers to give a minimum 20 percent discount to youngsters.

To increase the number of reserved books in Tibet's libraries, the bureau has donated 60,000 books to the libraries in Chamdo, Ngari, and Nagqu prefectures.

Building rural and community libraries is part of Tibet's effort to promote the "National Reading Campaign." Tibet built 20 pilot rural libraries in 2007 and 660 in 2008, in a move to enable farmers and herders to use the knowledge from books to guide their production.

Photo taken on Dec. 11, 2008 shows villagers reading books in a rural library

in Jieba Town in Nedong County, Shannan Prefecture, Tibet, photo from Xinhua.

In addition, Tibet has built 18 community libraries in Lhasa and sent books, bookshelves, desks and chairs worth one million yuan RMB.

Furthermore, libraries have also been set up in some monasteries such as the Drepung Monastery, the Sere Monastery and the Reting Monastery, with books pertaining to China's laws and regulations, history of the relationship between Tibet and the Central Government, traditional Tibetan culture and modern science and technology.

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