Wed, March 25, 2009
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American family runs hostel in SW China

2009-03-25 03:23:25 GMT2009-03-25 11:23:25 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Kristopher Rubesh, 32, cleans up a room in his newly-finished Tibetan-style Zhilam Hostel in Kangding, a small town in the Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan province, southwest China, March 24, 2009. (Xinhua Photo)

Owner of newly-finished Tibetan-style Zhilam Hostel Kristopher Rubesh (1st L) introduces the places of interest to guests in the lobby of his hostel in Kangding, a small town in the Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan province, southwest China, March 23, 2009. (Xinhua Photo)

Owner of newly-finished Tibetan-style Zhilam Hostel Kristopher Rubesh (R) kisses his daughter with his wife Stephanie Rubesh at the bar of the hostel in Kangding, a small town in the Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan province, southwest China, March 23, 2009. (Xinhua Photo)

Owner of newly-finished Tibetan-style Zhilam Hostel Kristopher Rubesh (L) and his wife Stephanie Rubesh (R) play with their daughter in the lobby of the hostel in Kangding, a small town in the Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan province, southwest China, March 23, 2009. (Xinhua Photo)

Owner of newly-finished Tibetan-style Zhilam Hostel Kristopher Rubesh (R) talks with his wife Stephanie Rubesh (L) outside their hostel in Kangding, a small town in the Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan province, southwest China, March 23, 2009. (Xinhua Photo)

Infatuated by the unique Tibetan culture and beautiful natural landscapes in Kangding, American Kristopher and Stephanie Rubesh from Oregon of the United States chose to open a hostel in late 2007.

Their dream came true in early 2009 when they became the first foreigners running a hostel in the beautiful valley town Kangding in the Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan province, southwest China.

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