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People making more prosperous life in Zayu County, Tibet

2020-12-18 15:14:00China Tibet Online

The Deng ethnic group tucked away in the high forested mountains bordering Myanmar and India has about 1,600 members in Zayu County, Nyingchi, Tibet. Over the past half a century, they have moved on from slash-and-burning farming, living in caves, and keeping records by tying knots to a modern lifestyle.

Starting from the 1950s, the Deng people who had lived for most of their existence as hunter-gatherers began growing upland rice, highland barley, ragimillet, and other crops. As Zayu County is the only place suitable for growing kiwifruits in Tibet, some Deng families have been living a more prosperous life in recent years, which is a direct result of growing kiwifruits in their fields.

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