Figures Tell

35 vs 67

Life Expectancy before 1959 and present

43% vs 2.5%

Infant mortality rate before 1959 and present.


Percentage of tibetans in Tibet's population

2.8m vs 1.1m

Tibet's population in 2007 and 1951

95% vs 5%

Illiteracy rate among young and middle-aged adults before 1951 and present


Turnout rate in local election in Tibet in 2007.

100 billion

State investment in Tibet infrastructure in 57 years (in rmb yuan)


Number of local residents aged 80 and above in Tibet

700 million

Money invested since 1980 to maintain 1,400 monasteries and cultural relics


Number of religious sites for Tibetan Buddhism


All farmers and herders are covered by the medicare system


Percentage of local officials from non-han ethnic groups


Urban per capita disposable income in 2008 (in rmb yuan)

174m vs 40b

Tibet's GDP in 1959 and 2008


Per-capita net income of peasants and herders in 2008

120 million

The amount of money spent to protect wetlands and grasslands in Tibet in 2001-2005.

8.22 billion

Money spent to improve school facilities and improve education in Tibet in the past five years.


The economic growth rate in Tibet since 2000

142 vs 13861

Per capita GDP in 1959 and 2008 in Tibet (in renmenbi yuan)


The kilometers of roads open for traffic in Tibet

10% VS 100%

The percentage of Tibetans having their own houses in Old and New Tibet


Every 20 Tibetans have an automobile
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