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Lhasa's first bookshop on Tibetan culture opens
(China Daily)
Updated: 2005-01-27 09:50

The door of the first bookshop dedicated to Tibetan culture has opened in Lhasa.

Named Guchona, meaning "Please come In" in Tibetan, the shop is the brainchild of an ethnic Mongolian married to a local.

It was founded by Gery, whose Tibetan husband works in a publishing house. Gery decided to open her own shop after realizing books on Tibet are much in demand by tourists, but Lhasa, the autonomous region's capital, had no bookstore catering to that market, reports

She travelled many places searching for books, maps, postcards, and CDs of folk music and Tibetan Buddhism, some of which are rare and exclusive.

The shop, which opened last week, will prove a treasure trove for many tourists keen to learn more about a land, which for many, remains shrouded in mystique.

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