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Making Tibet a second home

08-09-2013 14:59 BJT Special Report: Inside Tibet |

By CCTV reporter Wang Mangmang

To many outsiders, Tibet may seem like a distant and inaccessible land. But its beauty and mystery keep drawing people in. And some of them stay. CCTV reporter Wang Mangmang talks to two women who now call Tibet "home".

Looking carefully at each stroke she makes…Anna Yeshe has been learning thangka painting for a year and a half. She was born and raised in the United States. Her mother is Tibetan and her father, American. But family ties are not the only thing that keeps her coming. She’s deeply fascinated by the art form, spending a year to study it at Tibet University and training in her uncle’s thangka shop.

"I found that it suits me very well because I’m a perfectionist. And thangka painting has a very traditional method, so you have to follow it perfectly. I found it very peaceful, and it’s like meditating when you paint," Anna Yeshe said.

Anna is fluent in Tibetan. She says she loves Tibetan people because they are so happy and giving. She says all the time she’s spent here has made her who she is today.

People connect and identify with Tibet in so many ways. There’s a long list of reasons and plenty of pictures that draw people in. But once here, they gradually build their own perceptions. Sometimes they discover a passion. Sometimes they find love. So whatever the reason to come, there may be a better reason to stay.

Makye Ame is a hot tourist spot in Lhasa. For sixteen years, it’s developed from a local restaurant to a corporation promoting Tibetan culture. Its history is also the love story of the owners. Mu Xianghui met her Tibetan husband in Beijing when he was trying to open a branch. She then decided to see Lhasa for herself.

"When I first came, I was overwhelmed. I’ve never been this close to the sky. Nor have I been to any place this pure. I fell in love with Tibet right away," said Mu Xianghui, general manager of Makye Ame Restaurant.

Now the couple travel between Beijing and Lhasa to run their business. Mu feels she’s part of Tibet. It’s another place she calls home.

"Love, the beautiful landscape, and the Tibetan culture are what made her stay,” said Tsering Wangqing, president of Makye Ame Restaurant.

People who come leave their notes in these books. The true charm of Tibet can only be felt in person.

 

 

Editor:James |Source: CCTV.com

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