The Chinese central government has over the years instituted many polices to help Tibet’s development, to enable Tibetans to enjoy better education, higher incomes, better health care and social security.
Tibet’s GDP soared from 371 million yuan back to 50 years ago to now 92 billion yuan in 2014. That is a 281-fold increase. As the economy continues to rise both in urban and rural areas, the living conditions for the people has been significantly improved. Some local experts said such improvements are brought about by some of the policies implemented in the region.
“Education in Tibet has undergone enormous changes. The quality of people’s lives has seen a significant increase. We can say that it’s totally different compared with the past,” said Professor Tudeng Kezhu, Tibet Autonomous Region Academy of Social Sciences.
“Also, I think the system of regional ethnic autonomy in Tibet is an excellent system that can win over people’s hearts.”
The tourism industry is the pillar of Tibet’s economy. It accounts for 20 percent of the region’s GDP. And in 2014, about 15 million people from both overseas and domestic locations visited Tibet.
In addition to tourism industry, Tibet’s medicine, handicrafts and new energy industries have rapidly grown in the past decades.