Devout Tibetan old granny. Photo by Gan Zhanglin
From October 10th to 19th in 2006, the First China Tibetan Culture Forum was held at Beijing and then at Lhasa. Over one hundred of scholars, experts, intellectuals, and board members of the China Association for Preservation and Development of Tibetan Culture attended to forum. Participants were from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and twelve other countries. Over two days' meeting in Beijing, 35 representatives delivered their wonderful speeches by focusing on the preservation and development of Tibetan culture; they also visited the exhibition "Chinese Treasure - Tibetan Cultural Exhibition", China Tibetology Research Center, and Tibetan Middle School in Beijing.
On the 12th, more than 30 representatives took the Qinghai Tibet Railway to travel from Xi Ning to Lhasa. They visited the Jokhang Monastery, Borkor Street, Potala Palace, the Tibetan Museum, the Tibetan Archive, Gyantse, Tashilhunpo Monastery, and Namtso Lake.
I was designated to accompany the delegation on its visit to Tibet. Although it was not my first trip to Tibet, I feel it was quite different because of my traveling partners. Foreign languages were constantly heard around me; in particular, I felt so proud of our motherland and its glory when I heard the exclamations of participants and watched their surprised expressions. "Is this our India sutra?" "This is from our Nepal". Yes, these are all treasures preserved by Tibet.
It was not just myself, but also the delegates in general were extraordinarily impressed. Here are their feelings and comments.