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Feature: From mud hut to modern home: four houses of a Tibetan herdsman

Publish Time: 2019-01-18 Author: From: Xinhua

Photo taken on Oct. 30, 2018 shows the four generations of houses in Qusum village, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. The first generation mud sheds, at the bottom of the picture, are mostly in ruins. The newest homes, built in 2016, can be seen in the top right. (Xinhua/Dainzin Nyima Choktrul)

LHASA, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- To understand the effects of China's ambitious poverty alleviation efforts, you might want to talk to Tibetan herdsman Ngoizhub Gyaco and visit his family's four generations of houses in one of the most inaccessible places on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

An aerial photo of Qusum village, Oct. 30, 2018. (Xinhua/Dainzin Nyima Choktrul)

Precariously hugging the cliff on one of the many mountains standing between the locals and the wider world, the cluster of houses, home to Gyaco and his neighbors, is a juxtaposition between the old and the new. 69-year-old Gyaco and his family have lived in the Tibetan village of Qusum their entire lives.

Now an abandoned mud hut, Gyaco's first home, like other nearby mud houses situated on the lower level of the cliff, was built before Tibet's peaceful liberation in 1951.

Ngoizhub Gyaco and his family's first home, a small mud hut, Oct. 30, 2018. (Xinhua/Liu Dongjun)

He still remembers his whole family sleeping next to each other on the floor in a tiny room. "There wasn't even space for a bed," said Gyaco. The doorway is less than 1.5 meters high, so "we had to stoop to get in and out, and it was always pitch black because there were no windows or electricity."

Gyaco recalled that having a decent house of their own had been his family's dream for years.

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