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Internet becomes part of Tibetans' life

Monastery life might be mostly about preforming daily rituals and studying sutras, but Thupten still finds time to surf the Net.

"I watch movies, for example, Harry Porter," said the monk in his early thirties. Thupten joined Jokhang Temple when he was a teenager.

He has an iPhone and likes to play downloaded games on it.

He considers it harmless fun while pursuing his Buddhist study and religious practice for most of the day.

Through the Internet, Thupten has learnt a lot about the world outside the monastery.

By the end of last year, Tibet autonomous region had a total of 1.2 million Internet users, 90 percent of whom log on line through cell phones and the rest through broadband services.

Compared with 450 million Internet users in China, the figure is small but it accounts for nearly half the total population of Tibet.

Online chatting has changed Pasang Drolma's social life. At around 8 pm after the supper, she will always log on QQ, a homebred online chatting service, to talk with family members, old college classmates and friends living outside Tibet.

"The topic we talk about most recently is traveling in Tibet as the summer is drawing near. Many of my friends outside of Tibet are very keen to come here and I am the best consultant," said the 32-year-old woman living in Lhasa.

Internet has replaced the telephone and postal system to be the most frequently used communication tool, she said.

And it also is being used as a new way of shopping on the "Roof of the World," as Tibet is referred to.

Paldron, a bank clerk in Lhasa, bought lamps, kitchenware and even a sofa for her new apartment on line.