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a history of more than 100 years, with hundreds of colorful hybrids, is a blast from the past, she says.
Cheng, 43, decided to conduct research on succulent plants and c
ultivation after she graduated from the Beijing University of Agriculture in 1998.
But she set herself the goal of becoming a professional gardener much earlier-when she was in high school.
Cheng was one of the first batch of people who started to explore the splendor of succule
nt plants, but she didn’t expect the small pots would become a craze for millions of Chinese.
It was not until 2011 that the succulents industry in China started to boom, aided by cyber publicity.
A long-distance athlete since primary high school, Cheng has alway
s been dedicated to things she loves, such as replacing soils and pruning messy bran
ches in the garden. And despite being allergic to pollen, she did not give up on this career.
s life. Now both Sonam and his wife work in Beijing while raising a daughter, who is now a year old.
“We plan to let our child study in Beijing,” he said. “We want her to get in touch
with avant-garde thoughts, broaden her horizons and pursue a life she likes,” he said.
Like Sonam Tsering, Tsering Lhakyi also benefited from the country’s ethnic policies.
In the 1980s, due to a lack of skilled workers and the poor educational foundation in the Tibet autonomous regi
on, the government decided to offer classes to Tibetan children. In 1985, the first batch of them went inland to study. Sin
ce then, an increasing number have pursued studies in more developed areas in China.
Tsering Lhakyi, born in the 1990s, was raised in Tibet’s Nagchu prefecture. Because of her h
igh scores in the primary school, she was admitted to an inland Tibetan middle school. After the national col
lege entrance exam, she applied to a university in Yantai, Shandong province, because she “wanted to see the sea”.