CITY dwellers in the Tibet Autonomous Region recorded an average disposable income of 7,760 yuan (RM3,564) a year in 2002, about 50% higher than in 1997.
The figure, from the regional statistical bureau, is the highest in all the 11 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions in western China.
City residents in Yunan Province ranked second, earning 7,628 yuan (RM3,492).
Today’s Tibetans have a significantly improved standard of living, spending more on clothing, cultural activities, gymnastics, hairdressing and skin care.
In urban areas, people are buying not only computers and mobile phones, but also automobiles. Over 10,000 private cars were registered in Lhasa last year.
Tibet’s gross domestic product has grown at an average of 10.9% annually in recent years, reaching 15.9 billion yuan (RM7.22bil) last year.
The region registered a 12.4% economic growth rate last year, higher than the national average of 8%. – People’s Daily
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