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From: China Tibet Online 2011-08-08 15:45:00
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Tashi Drolma: my Han name is Qian Qingling

Tashi Drolma is selling fruits. [Photo/China Tibet Online]

Tashi Drolma is promoting  her thorn strawberries to visitors along the road leading to 'the World Highest Cypress Park', eight kilometers away from the Bayi Township.

In front of Tashi, peaches, plums, thorn strawberries, yellow tomatoes and dried cheese are set in order. Every morning, Tashi takes them here on her back.

"I like this kind of job," Tashi Drolma said smilingly.

She is a fifth grader in a primary school of the Bayi Township. When talking about  her final exam, she is proud: "I rank twentieth in my class!"

Tashi and her elder brother begin their "business" outside  the 'World Highest Cypress Park' during their summer vacation.

Tashi's brother, who picks the thorn strawberries, is a first grader in Bayi  Middle School One. "My brother works very hard and wants to go to Tibet University in Lhasa," the girl said proudly. "I want to study there as well."

"We can earn 80 to 100 yuan a day," Drolma said. She opened a plastic bag and showed us dried cheese. "This is the Tibetan cheese. Have a try," she smiled.

"Except for thorn strawberries, the rest are planted by my mother," she pointed at the colorful fruits in front of her. Tashi Drolma's mother, Nganiu, was born in Kongpu Gyadam. She opened a store in the village where the family live now.

"We live in the Baji Village. It was just visited by Vice Chairman Xi Jinping," the little girl said excitedly.

Tashi's father is a Han from Gansu Province. So she has a name of Han ethnic group: "My Han name is Qian Qingling."

In September, Drolma will be in the sixth grade. She works hard in English, and hopes to build ties with the outside world.
"I like English very much," said the girl. "I want to make friends with more people from other countries."

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