Vegetables, Road to Tibet, and Tibetan Dogs
The immigration of Han Chinese to Tibet brought aid, technology, and know-how to Tibet. Most notable along the way from Lhasa airport to Lhasa city are the green houses for vegetables and water melons. My tour guide, Xiao Xu, told me that before this wave of immigration, Tibet produce very little vegetable, so that when the Han chinese got a chance to visit home, the most precious thing they could bring back would be vegetables. They would insert vegetables as the inner layers of their coats to maximize their payload. However, as of today, many food and consumables are still imported from other parts of China.
The road into Tibet was indeed a costly and deadly one. Xiao Xu told me that the 2,000 kilometer high way from Sichuan to Lhasa cost more than 3,000 soldiers’ lives to build. There was a memorial at the junction of Sichuan-Tibetan road and Sichuan-Qinghai road to commemorate the people who lost their lives connecting Tibet with the rest of China.
My driver Xiao Wang told me that he is breeding a kind of Tibetan dogs that is very masculine and loyal. The dog can grow to 1.4 meter long and can handle 5 wolves simultaneously and win. The strong build resembles that of a lion. I cannot wait to visit his house and take a look at it. Not sure how much it would cost me to bring a pair to New York for my sons.
Tibetans are very gifted. There is a saying, one who can talk can sing, one who can walk can dance, and one who can sip can drink (liquor). The Tibetan platoon is on average closely to 3500 meters above sea level. The air is thin. Oxygen level is equivalent to 60% of that of other places. The lung capacity of Tibetans are developed larger than normal, which contributed to their ability to sing long lasting high pitch. Tibetans usually do not drink water. When they are thirsty, they drink beers and Qinke liquor, made of a kind of wheat grown at high altitude. It is requisite a man must dance, the more powerful and straight the kicks are, the better dancer he is. A woman dance with long leaves, the more smooth and elegant arms move, the better dancer she is.