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From: CNTV 2011-08-06 09:56:00
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Dream carried on in Tibetan Snowland restaurant

Many visitors to Lhasa, capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, are impressed by not only the spiritual atmosphere, but also the diversity of dining options. In Lhasa, quite a few restaurants are now run by people from different parts of the world.

While business is thriving, their families have also had to settle down here and learn to call the city their home. This time we're taking you to Snowland restaurant in Lhasa to meet a family from Nepal and hear about their dream life in this city.

Snowland's fame has been gained through word of mouth. Some travelers knew about this restaurant before even setting foot in Lhasa, mainly through blogs and travel guides.

One customer said, "I've read so much about Snowland online. So many people have recommended their yogurt cake, so that's what I come here for today. "

Tibetan yogurt is something you don't want to miss when visiting Lhasa. In Snowland, the yogurt is unique with one of the chef's specials being Snowland's Yogurt Cake. "The yogurt cake tastes home-made, natural and delicious, not like those sold in super markets. It's very different."

Nima Zhuoga, the owner of the restaurant, is an ethnic Tibetan from Nepal. Nima loves cooking. Her family settled in Lhasa in 1995 and opened Snowland. Cooking with unique Nepalese ingredients, Nima's dishes combine south Asian and Tibetan cuisine and are very popular in Lhasa.

Nima Zhuoga said, "Investment conditions here in Tibet are very friendly. With favorable commercial policies, the number of restaurants is growing fast. South Asian cuisine is a favorite among locals and travellers alike."

Nima's family runs another two restaurants, managed by her brother and her son Luo Sang. Luo Sang is to inherit the family business in the future. He was only 10 when his mother opened Snowland in Lhasa. He grew up in the city and went to university in Beijing. After graduating, he came back to help his mother. He says, although he's traveled a lot, he will always return to Lhasa.

Luo Sang said, "What attracts me most here is the simplicity of life. It's a small city with a small population. Very comfortable." The future owner of the restaurant loves to be creative in his dishes, especially with their famous Yogurt Cake. He said, "I've made some changes to the cake. At the beginning my father disagreed with me, but I persuaded him by increasing sales."

The promising young boss has made up his mind to further develop the family business in Lhasa. He is also determined for his own family to be settled in the city. He wants to find a wife from Lhasa who can better fit into the local community, help him run the business and found a family, with children - who in turn - will carry on the dream.

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