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    Virtual China is an exploration of virtual experiences and environments in and about China. The topic is also the primary research area for the Institute for the Future's Asia Focus Program in 2006. IFTF is an independent, nonprofit strategic research group with more than 35 years of forecasting experience based in Palo Alto, CA.
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June 20, 2006



GREAT photos!


I have just read that this railway -- the highest in the world -- opens on July 1, and suddenly I have a new dream journey to take!
However, I am just staggered to (suddenly) realize just how little I know about China and the railway system there. I have a great deal to learn before I embark on such a trip!
I found a tour on :http://www.pintrip.com/english/
I would like to have some advice from you, dear friends. Who happen to have made a trip to Tibet?
If you also want to go there, we could talk about it and maybe visit Tibet together!

Wesley Tanaka

I would say that the vast majority of Tibetans here in Zhongdian aren't literate in Tibetan, as you need to specifically choose to study it in school. You learn to read and write Chinese by default.

If people are interested in photos of the area, I have put up some of my photos here.

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