Lei Jufang used to be a technician at the Institute of Modern Physics in Lanzhou under the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Originally, her work had nothing to do with Tibetan medicine.
In 1995, she went to Tibet as a member of a study group consisting of industrialists from privately run enterprises in the fields of science and technology. She was impressed by the primitive land in southeastern Tibet, which she thought could be regarded as a world-level botanical garden and a genetic engineering base for its fovorable ecological environment. It was completely different from the frozen land of her imagination. Lei was fascinated by this attractive land, and began having a strong desire to contribute to the development of Tibetan medicine there.
The development of Tibet is by no means an easy task. For instance, one has to make a single trip of more than 2,500 kilometers to ship machinery and related equipment for the manufacture of Tibetan medicine. However, the introduction of high technology to Tibet would give a tremendous boost to the development of the local economy and bring hope to the local people for the relief of poverty.
Guided by this ideal, at the end of her study tour Lei Jufang decided to invest 10 million yuan to establish the Nyingchi Qizheng Tibetan Pharmaceuticals Factory in Nyingchi Prefecture, with the application of a technique she had patented which had won a silver medal. The venture was soon successful. In 1999, the annual income from sales of Qizheng Tibetan medicine topped one million yuan-worth. As a pillar industry, the Nyingchi Qizheng Pharmaceuticals Factory became one of the Leading enterprises in Nyingchi in terms of profits and payment of taxes to the state.
In Lei's words, Tibet has a unique position in world history and in the history of human development as a whole. But its charm can be fully appreciated worldwide only when modern science and technology are applied to accelerate local economic growth. In 1999, Qizheng Tibetan medicine earned a gold medal at the 26th International Exhibition held in Geneva. Upon receipt of this honor, Lei said that Tibetan medicine would soon be as famous as Mount Qomolangma (Mount Everest) as a symbol of Tibet.
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