Yumai Township in Lhuntse County, Lhoka, southwest China's Tibet, is one of the least populated townships in China. For more than 30 years, Drolgar, her father Samgye Chupa, and her younger sister Yangzom have been herding animals in the township, quietly guarding China's border. Following in their father's footsteps, wherever the sisters go, they would plant a Chinese national flag there.
Drolgar, now serving as a representative to the 13th National People's Congress, said that last year, the per capita income for farmers and nomads in Yumai reached 61,452 yuan (9155.4 US dollars), an increase of 11.1 percent and 27,000 yuan (4022.6 US dollars) higher than the average per capita income level in the whole Tibet Autonomous Region. New residents of 159 people in 49 households have been relocated here from neighboring townships. By the end of this year, 64 more people from 17 households will be relocated. Drolgar says that the border guard team is getting bigger and bigger.
Until now, Yumai has build 56 residential houses as well as supporting facilities including health centers, primary schools, and kindergartens. The government has also built a natural drinking water plant and implemented industry projects such as short-term yak fattening, building vegetable greenhouses, and planting tea to help broaden income sources.