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Pic story: 20-year-old Tibetan herder becomes internet celebrity


Tamdrin pours buttered tea for guests at his home in Litang County, the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, Dec. 2, 2020. Tamdrin, whose Mandarin name is Ding Zhen, is a 20-year-old Tibetan herder from a village of Litang County in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze in Sichuan Province. Less than a month ago, he was still an ordinary herder, until a 7-second video featuring a smiling Tamdrin went viral, making him the latest social media sensation in China. What makes Tamdrin stand out from other internet celebrities is not just his “sweet and wild” look, as it has been described by fans. As he releases more videos, his innocence and sincerity have also made legions of Chinese urbanites eager for a closer look at his home. Soon after Tamdrin’s first video went viral, a local tour operator hired him as the tourism ambassador for Litang. According to online travel service provider Qunar.com, hotel bookings in the Garze prefecture from Nov. 11 to Nov. 25 had increased 89 percent year on year and continued to rise in the following week. Travel websites are tapping into the trend by introducing routes, hotels and places to visit in Litang, and Trip.com has projected Litang will be a hotspot over the upcoming New Year’s holiday for tourists from both inside and outside Sichuan Province. (Xinhua/Shen Bohan)

Tamdrin (R) unpacks gifts sent by his fans at a study of a museum in Letong Town of Litang County, the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, Dec. 3, 2020. Tamdrin, whose Mandarin name is Ding Zhen, is a 20-year-old Tibetan herder from a village of Litang County in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze in Sichuan Province. Less than a month ago, he was still an ordinary herder, until a 7-second video featuring a smiling Tamdrin went viral, making him the latest social media sensation in China. What makes Tamdrin stand out from other internet celebrities is not just his “sweet and wild” look, as it has been described by fans. As he releases more videos, his innocence and sincerity have also made legions of Chinese urbanites eager for a closer look at his home. Soon after Tamdrin’s first video went viral, a local tour operator hired him as the tourism ambassador for Litang. According to online travel service provider Qunar.com, hotel bookings in the Garze prefecture from Nov. 11 to Nov. 25 had increased 89 percent year on year and continued to rise in the following week. Travel websites are tapping into the trend by introducing routes, hotels and places to visit in Litang, and Trip.com has projected Litang will be a hotspot over the upcoming New Year’s holiday for tourists from both inside and outside Sichuan Province. (Xinhua/Shen Bohan)

A fan of Tamdrin from other place takes a photo of Tamdrin at a museum in Letong Town of Litang County, the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, Dec. 3, 2020. Tamdrin, whose Mandarin name is Ding Zhen, is a 20-year-old Tibetan herder from a village of Litang County in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze in Sichuan Province. Less than a month ago, he was still an ordinary herder, until a 7-second video featuring a smiling Tamdrin went viral, making him the latest social media sensation in China. What makes Tamdrin stand out from other internet celebrities is not just his “sweet and wild” look, as it has been described by fans. As he releases more videos, his innocence and sincerity have also made legions of Chinese urbanites eager for a closer look at his home. Soon after Tamdrin’s first video went viral, a local tour operator hired him as the tourism ambassador for Litang. According to online travel service provider Qunar.com, hotel bookings in the Garze prefecture from Nov. 11 to Nov. 25 had increased 89 percent year on year and continued to rise in the following week. Travel websites are tapping into the trend by introducing routes, hotels and places to visit in Litang, and Trip.com has projected Litang will be a hotspot over the upcoming New Year’s holiday for tourists from both inside and outside Sichuan Province. (Xinhua/Shen Bohan)

Tamdrin stands at the doorway of his home in Litang County, the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, Dec. 2, 2020. Tamdrin, whose Mandarin name is Ding Zhen, is a 20-year-old Tibetan herder from a village of Litang County in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze in Sichuan Province. Less than a month ago, he was still an ordinary herder, until a 7-second video featuring a smiling Tamdrin went viral, making him the latest social media sensation in China. What makes Tamdrin stand out from other internet celebrities is not just his “sweet and wild” look, as it has been described by fans. As he releases more videos, his innocence and sincerity have also made legions of Chinese urbanites eager for a closer look at his home. Soon after Tamdrin’s first video went viral, a local tour operator hired him as the tourism ambassador for Litang. According to online travel service provider Qunar.com, hotel bookings in the Garze prefecture from Nov. 11 to Nov. 25 had increased 89 percent year on year and continued to rise in the following week. Travel websites are tapping into the trend by introducing routes, hotels and places to visit in Litang, and Trip.com has projected Litang will be a hotspot over the upcoming New Year’s holiday for tourists from both inside and outside Sichuan Province. (Xinhua/Shen Bohan)

Tamdrin (R) takes a shuttle bus to a museum which will be one of his workplaces in Letong Town of Litang County, the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, Dec. 2, 2020. Tamdrin, whose Mandarin name is Ding Zhen, is a 20-year-old Tibetan herder from a village of Litang County in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze in Sichuan Province. Less than a month ago, he was still an ordinary herder, until a 7-second video featuring a smiling Tamdrin went viral, making him the latest social media sensation in China. What makes Tamdrin stand out from other internet celebrities is not just his “sweet and wild” look, as it has been described by fans. As he releases more videos, his innocence and sincerity have also made legions of Chinese urbanites eager for a closer look at his home. Soon after Tamdrin’s first video went viral, a local tour operator hired him as the tourism ambassador for Litang. According to online travel service provider Qunar.com, hotel bookings in the Garze prefecture from Nov. 11 to Nov. 25 had increased 89 percent year on year and continued to rise in the following week. Travel websites are tapping into the trend by introducing routes, hotels and places to visit in Litang, and Trip.com has projected Litang will be a hotspot over the upcoming New Year’s holiday for tourists from both inside and outside Sichuan Province. (Xinhua/Shen Bohan)

Tamdrin adjusts the position of display cabinets at a museum which will be one of his workplaces in Letong Town of Litang County, the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, Dec. 3, 2020. Tamdrin, whose Mandarin name is Ding Zhen, is a 20-year-old Tibetan herder from a village of Litang County in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze in Sichuan Province. Less than a month ago, he was still an ordinary herder, until a 7-second video featuring a smiling Tamdrin went viral, making him the latest social media sensation in China. What makes Tamdrin stand out from other internet celebrities is not just his “sweet and wild” look, as it has been described by fans. As he releases more videos, his innocence and sincerity have also made legions of Chinese urbanites eager for a closer look at his home. Soon after Tamdrin’s first video went viral, a local tour operator hired him as the tourism ambassador for Litang. According to online travel service provider Qunar.com, hotel bookings in the Garze prefecture from Nov. 11 to Nov. 25 had increased 89 percent year on year and continued to rise in the following week. Travel websites are tapping into the trend by introducing routes, hotels and places to visit in Litang, and Trip.com has projected Litang will be a hotspot over the upcoming New Year’s holiday for tourists from both inside and outside Sichuan Province. (Xinhua/Shen Bohan)

Aerial photo taken on Dec. 2, 2020 shows the view of Litang County, the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze, southwest China’s Sichuan Province. Tamdrin, whose Mandarin name is Ding Zhen, is a 20-year-old Tibetan herder from a village of Litang County in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze in Sichuan Province. Less than a month ago, he was still an ordinary herder, until a 7-second video featuring a smiling Tamdrin went viral, making him the latest social media sensation in China. What makes Tamdrin stand out from other internet celebrities is not just his “sweet and wild” look, as it has been described by fans. As he releases more videos, his innocence and sincerity have also made legions of Chinese urbanites eager for a closer look at his home. Soon after Tamdrin’s first video went viral, a local tour operator hired him as the tourism ambassador for Litang. According to online travel service provider Qunar.com, hotel bookings in the Garze prefecture from Nov. 11 to Nov. 25 had increased 89 percent year on year and continued to rise in the following week. Travel websites are tapping into the trend by introducing routes, hotels and places to visit in Litang, and Trip.com has projected Litang will be a hotspot over the upcoming New Year’s holiday for tourists from both inside and outside Sichuan Province. (Xinhua/Shen Bohan)

Tamdrin holds a Zhamunie, a traditional Tibetan musical instrument at the Sounds of Himalaya Museum in Letong Town of Litang County, the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, Dec. 2, 2020. Tamdrin, whose Mandarin name is Ding Zhen, is a 20-year-old Tibetan herder from a village of Litang County in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze in Sichuan Province. Less than a month ago, he was still an ordinary herder, until a 7-second video featuring a smiling Tamdrin went viral, making him the latest social media sensation in China. What makes Tamdrin stand out from other internet celebrities is not just his “sweet and wild” look, as it has been described by fans. As he releases more videos, his innocence and sincerity have also made legions of Chinese urbanites eager for a closer look at his home. Soon after Tamdrin’s first video went viral, a local tour operator hired him as the tourism ambassador for Litang. According to online travel service provider Qunar.com, hotel bookings in the Garze prefecture from Nov. 11 to Nov. 25 had increased 89 percent year on year and continued to rise in the following week. Travel websites are tapping into the trend by introducing routes, hotels and places to visit in Litang, and Trip.com has projected Litang will be a hotspot over the upcoming New Year’s holiday for tourists from both inside and outside Sichuan Province. (Xinhua/Shen Bohan)

Tamdrin rescues a yak entangled by wire mesh at his hometown in Litang County, the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, Dec. 2, 2020. Tamdrin, whose Mandarin name is Ding Zhen, is a 20-year-old Tibetan herder from a village of Litang County in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze in Sichuan Province. Less than a month ago, he was still an ordinary herder, until a 7-second video featuring a smiling Tamdrin went viral, making him the latest social media sensation in China. What makes Tamdrin stand out from other internet celebrities is not just his “sweet and wild” look, as it has been described by fans. As he releases more videos, his innocence and sincerity have also made legions of Chinese urbanites eager for a closer look at his home. Soon after Tamdrin’s first video went viral, a local tour operator hired him as the tourism ambassador for Litang. According to online travel service provider Qunar.com, hotel bookings in the Garze prefecture from Nov. 11 to Nov. 25 had increased 89 percent year on year and continued to rise in the following week. Travel websites are tapping into the trend by introducing routes, hotels and places to visit in Litang, and Trip.com has projected Litang will be a hotspot over the upcoming New Year’s holiday for tourists from both inside and outside Sichuan Province. (Xinhua/Shen Bohan)

Tamdrin listens to the sound of horse at the Sounds of Himalaya Museum in Letong Town of Litang County, the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, Dec. 2, 2020. Tamdrin, whose Mandarin name is Ding Zhen, is a 20-year-old Tibetan herder from a village of Litang County in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze in Sichuan Province. Less than a month ago, he was still an ordinary herder, until a 7-second video featuring a smiling Tamdrin went viral, making him the latest social media sensation in China. What makes Tamdrin stand out from other internet celebrities is not just his “sweet and wild” look, as it has been described by fans. As he releases more videos, his innocence and sincerity have also made legions of Chinese urbanites eager for a closer look at his home. Soon after Tamdrin’s first video went viral, a local tour operator hired him as the tourism ambassador for Litang. According to online travel service provider Qunar.com, hotel bookings in the Garze prefecture from Nov. 11 to Nov. 25 had increased 89 percent year on year and continued to rise in the following week. Travel websites are tapping into the trend by introducing routes, hotels and places to visit in Litang, and Trip.com has projected Litang will be a hotspot over the upcoming New Year’s holiday for tourists from both inside and outside Sichuan Province. (Xinhua/Shen Bohan)

Tamdrin tries to play the Zhamunie, a traditional Tibetan musical instrument, at the Sounds of Himalaya Museum in Letong Town of Litang County, the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, Dec. 2, 2020. Tamdrin, whose Mandarin name is Ding Zhen, is a 20-year-old Tibetan herder from a village of Litang County in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze in Sichuan Province. Less than a month ago, he was still an ordinary herder, until a 7-second video featuring a smiling Tamdrin went viral, making him the latest social media sensation in China. What makes Tamdrin stand out from other internet celebrities is not just his “sweet and wild” look, as it has been described by fans. As he releases more videos, his innocence and sincerity have also made legions of Chinese urbanites eager for a closer look at his home. Soon after Tamdrin’s first video went viral, a local tour operator hired him as the tourism ambassador for Litang. According to online travel service provider Qunar.com, hotel bookings in the Garze prefecture from Nov. 11 to Nov. 25 had increased 89 percent year on year and continued to rise in the following week. Travel websites are tapping into the trend by introducing routes, hotels and places to visit in Litang, and Trip.com has projected Litang will be a hotspot over the upcoming New Year’s holiday for tourists from both inside and outside Sichuan Province. (Xinhua/Shen Bohan)

A colleague of Tamdrin paints a painting which will be sold as a souvenir at a museum in Letong Town of Litang County, the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, Dec. 2, 2020. Tamdrin, whose Mandarin name is Ding Zhen, is a 20-year-old Tibetan herder from a village of Litang County in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze in Sichuan Province. Less than a month ago, he was still an ordinary herder, until a 7-second video featuring a smiling Tamdrin went viral, making him the latest social media sensation in China. What makes Tamdrin stand out from other internet celebrities is not just his “sweet and wild” look, as it has been described by fans. As he releases more videos, his innocence and sincerity have also made legions of Chinese urbanites eager for a closer look at his home. Soon after Tamdrin’s first video went viral, a local tour operator hired him as the tourism ambassador for Litang. According to online travel service provider Qunar.com, hotel bookings in the Garze prefecture from Nov. 11 to Nov. 25 had increased 89 percent year on year and continued to rise in the following week. Travel websites are tapping into the trend by introducing routes, hotels and places to visit in Litang, and Trip.com has projected Litang will be a hotspot over the upcoming New Year’s holiday for tourists from both inside and outside Sichuan Province. (Xinhua/Shen Bohan)

Tamdrin is pictured on his way home from Litang County, the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, Dec. 2, 2020. Tamdrin, whose Mandarin name is Ding Zhen, is a 20-year-old Tibetan herder from a village of Litang County in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze in Sichuan Province. Less than a month ago, he was still an ordinary herder, until a 7-second video featuring a smiling Tamdrin went viral, making him the latest social media sensation in China. What makes Tamdrin stand out from other internet celebrities is not just his “sweet and wild” look, as it has been described by fans. As he releases more videos, his innocence and sincerity have also made legions of Chinese urbanites eager for a closer look at his home. Soon after Tamdrin’s first video went viral, a local tour operator hired him as the tourism ambassador for Litang. According to online travel service provider Qunar.com, hotel bookings in the Garze prefecture from Nov. 11 to Nov. 25 had increased 89 percent year on year and continued to rise in the following week. Travel websites are tapping into the trend by introducing routes, hotels and places to visit in Litang, and Trip.com has projected Litang will be a hotspot over the upcoming New Year’s holiday for tourists from both inside and outside Sichuan Province. (Xinhua/Shen Bohan)

Tamdrin takes a selfie at his home in Litang County, the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, Dec. 2, 2020. Tamdrin, whose Mandarin name is Ding Zhen, is a 20-year-old Tibetan herder from a village of Litang County in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze in Sichuan Province. Less than a month ago, he was still an ordinary herder, until a 7-second video featuring a smiling Tamdrin went viral, making him the latest social media sensation in China. What makes Tamdrin stand out from other internet celebrities is not just his “sweet and wild” look, as it has been described by fans. As he releases more videos, his innocence and sincerity have also made legions of Chinese urbanites eager for a closer look at his home. Soon after Tamdrin’s first video went viral, a local tour operator hired him as the tourism ambassador for Litang. According to online travel service provider Qunar.com, hotel bookings in the Garze prefecture from Nov. 11 to Nov. 25 had increased 89 percent year on year and continued to rise in the following week. Travel websites are tapping into the trend by introducing routes, hotels and places to visit in Litang, and Trip.com has projected Litang will be a hotspot over the upcoming New Year’s holiday for tourists from both inside and outside Sichuan Province. (Xinhua/Shen Bohan)

Tamdrin adjusts the shutters at a museum which will be one of his workplaces in Letong Town of Litang County, the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, Dec. 3, 2020. Tamdrin, whose Mandarin name is Ding Zhen, is a 20-year-old Tibetan herder from a village of Litang County in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze in Sichuan Province. Less than a month ago, he was still an ordinary herder, until a 7-second video featuring a smiling Tamdrin went viral, making him the latest social media sensation in China. What makes Tamdrin stand out from other internet celebrities is not just his “sweet and wild” look, as it has been described by fans. As he releases more videos, his innocence and sincerity have also made legions of Chinese urbanites eager for a closer look at his home. Soon after Tamdrin’s first video went viral, a local tour operator hired him as the tourism ambassador for Litang. According to online travel service provider Qunar.com, hotel bookings in the Garze prefecture from Nov. 11 to Nov. 25 had increased 89 percent year on year and continued to rise in the following week. Travel websites are tapping into the trend by introducing routes, hotels and places to visit in Litang, and Trip.com has projected Litang will be a hotspot over the upcoming New Year’s holiday for tourists from both inside and outside Sichuan Province. (Xinhua/Shen Bohan)

Tamdrin listens to the sound of some traditional tools at the Sounds of Himalaya Museum in Letong Town of Litang County, the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, Dec. 2, 2020. Tamdrin, whose Mandarin name is Ding Zhen, is a 20-year-old Tibetan herder from a village of Litang County in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze in Sichuan Province. Less than a month ago, he was still an ordinary herder, until a 7-second video featuring a smiling Tamdrin went viral, making him the latest social media sensation in China. What makes Tamdrin stand out from other internet celebrities is not just his “sweet and wild” look, as it has been described by fans. As he releases more videos, his innocence and sincerity have also made legions of Chinese urbanites eager for a closer look at his home. Soon after Tamdrin’s first video went viral, a local tour operator hired him as the tourism ambassador for Litang. According to online travel service provider Qunar.com, hotel bookings in the Garze prefecture from Nov. 11 to Nov. 25 had increased 89 percent year on year and continued to rise in the following week. Travel websites are tapping into the trend by introducing routes, hotels and places to visit in Litang, and Trip.com has projected Litang will be a hotspot over the upcoming New Year’s holiday for tourists from both inside and outside Sichuan Province. (Xinhua/Shen Bohan)

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