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** 1996 Lhasa -- the Realities **
(Lhasa, 1996)

The Beijing East Road, the main street of Lhasa. Tibetan buildings, electric wire, street lamp, a Khampa with Dashey on his head, riding on a bicycle... Up in the sky over all these chaotic view, a rainbow appears. It is actually a double raibow. Can you see?

The Potala Palace. The Chorten Bargo-kani, the west gate of Lhasa was reconstructed. On the other hand, the Shol village which supported the daily life and ceremonies in the Dalai Lama's court was destructed and wholly moved to the northern suburb of Lhasa. The Palace has changed into something like a museum.

The square in front of the Potala. On 10th October, 1996, the anniversary of founding of the People's Republic of China, the red national flag was fluttering high on top of the pole.

View of Lhasa city from the Chagpo-ri hill. These high buildings were recently built in the west of Potala. This view never looks like Lhasa, but the solar-battery panels placed on the roofs give a feeling of the "Capital of Sunshine"?

Karaoke, nightclub, dancehall... opened for immigrant Chinese and soldiers, but local Tibetans are never reluctant to enjoy those night entertainment.

The Emergency Medical Center, newly opened next to the TAR Peolple's Hospital. Nearby stands a splendid building of the TB Contorl Center whose entrance was always closed. I am anxious about the future of this new hospital.

The Sera-me College in a lovely and peaceful afternoon. But in the courtyard behind this building, a lot of Communist Party cadres were going to summon monks to hold the political re-education session. The monks have been forced to condemn H.H. the Dalai Lama there.

Lhasa was called "Capital of Dogs" before. But I found smaller numbers of dogs strolling around the town. ...Why? My Tibetan friends answered, "Chinese eat them!" with plausible advice, "Never eat at Chinese restaurants!"...

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