A series of numbers referring to the economical and social development of southwest China's Tibet have been released at the recently concluded annual sessions of the People's Congress of Tibet and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Tibet Autonomous Region Committee.
10,300 yuan per capita disposable income for rural residents
In 2017, the per capita disposable income for rural residents of Tibet increased by 13.6%, reaching 10,330 yuan (1,635 US Dollars), close to the 13,432 yuan (2,132 US Dollars) for the national rural residents in the same year according to data relesed by the National Bureau of Statistics of China.
This is for the first time that the per capita disposable income of Tibet's farmers and herdsmen has surpassed 10 thousand yuan (1,587 US dollars) during its double-digit growth for straight 15 years.
150 thousand people lifted out of poverty
In the past five years, Tibet saw 530 thousand people escape out of poverty. As of the end of 2017, the number of impoverished people has decreased from 860 thousand to 330 thousand.
Tibet plans to lift another 150 thousand people out of poverty in 2018 so as to achieve the goal of eradicating poverty by 2020.
99.5% elementary school enrollment rate
In 2017, the elementary school enrollment rate in Tibet reached 99.5%.
The region has currently been ahead of the rest areas of China to provide a 15-year free education, covering pre-school education through high school education.
95% good air quality rate
Tibet has maintained an average good air quality rate above 95% for straight 5 yeats, still ranking among the world's best air quality areas up to now.
Tibet's healthy ecology and environment has made it a world-class tourist destination. In 2017, Tibet attracted 25.61 million visitors, earning 37.94 billion yuan (6.02 billion US Dollars) in tourism income.