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At Tibet pavilion, a scenic 'rail trip'

2010. 7 January

by Yang Jian
( Breath-taking scenery along the world's highest train line, the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, will await visitors to the Expo pavilion of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region.

Visitors will also find traditional Tibetan souvenirs and get a chance to rest in an authentic Tibetan sitting room, a senior official of the autonomous region said yesterday.

Officials have begun assembling the 600-square-meter exhibition, "Heavenly Tibet," at China's joint provincial pavilion at the World Expo 2010.

Eight 42-inch screens will show scenes along the 1,956-kilometer railway, which opened in July 2006. As visitors sit in a model train, the scenes will swiftly move back, simulating the feel of the real train.

Meng Yang, deputy secretary-general of the Tibet regional government said the five-minute film will show living conditions along the railway, including the furnishings of the kind of residence that the Tibetan Autonomous government has built for 230,000 Tibetan families since 2006.

The exhibition aims to display Tibet's achievements, especially since the country's reform and opening up policy in 1979, Meng said.