Photo taken on March 20, 2016 shows a village along the Medog Road in Medog County, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. Medog County used to be the last county without a permanent road access in China, due to the landscape being surrounded by several high-elevation mountain ranges. Since its traffic was opened by the Medog Road in 2013, the tourism industry of Medog has witnessed a rapid growth. In 2015, the county received 70,800 trips. (Xinhua/Chen Tianhu)
BEIJING, March 28, 2016 -- On March 28, 1959, about 1 million Tibetans broke the chains of serfdom in a historic democratic reform. Fifty-seven years on, the autonomous region once beset by inequality and oppression has witnessed encouragingly fast economic growth and better-than-ever standards of living.
As a documentary that China Central Television (CCTV) aired over the weekend showed, serfs in Tibet were belittled, discriminated against, and treated no better than livestock.