Over the past three years, Ngari Prefecture of Tibet Autonomous Region has seen a whopping reduction in the number of people living in poverty, from 6,285 households and 22,900 people at the end of 2015 to 1,867 households and 6,700 people at the end of 2018, according to official data from the government of Ngari Prefecture.
Shiquanhe Township, the seat of the administration of Ngari, witnesses rapid development. By Jiang Feibo
The incidence of poverty has dropped from 28.3% to 8.3% in the past three years. A total of 85 villages have been removed from the list of poverty-stricken villages and 4 poverty-stricken counties have shaken off poverty. In 2018, the per capita disposable income of rural residents in Ngari reached 10,868 yuan, 2,965 yuan higher than that in 2015, with an average annual growth rate of 11.2%
A villager of Yanhu Township, Geji County, Ngari Prefecture collects salt by hand at Kaqingcuo Salt Lake. By Zhao Yan
The prefecture’s tourism boom has brought local residents more business opportunities and benefits. In 2018, Ngari received 878,800 domestic and foreign tourists, and its tourism revenue hit 1 billion yuan for the first time. The tourism industry has contributed a lot to poverty relief.