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Thimphu, which is the largest city in Bhutan, has become the capital of Bhutan since 1955. There are around 12.5% of Bhutan’s population live here. It seems quite crowded, isn’t it?

A city that full of sand and dust, is my first impression of Thimphu. Under the rapid urbanization of Bhutan, it is not difficult to see the constructions are under progress everywhere in Thimphu. Interestingly, finding a modernize building here is much more difficult than you imagine. The Bhutan government regulate the citizens have to follow the traditional “Dzongkha” style when they build new buildings. I am very glad that there is a government would as treasure the beauty of traditional culture as the cities’ development.

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廷布自1955年起便成為不丹的首都。

小巴駛入廷布,旁邊是一個巨大雕像,一棵大樹和一隻大象,兔子、猴子、小鳥層層疊的站在大象之上,大象面帶微笑,但笑容有點詭異。我們初到這個不丹最大的城市,只覺到處沙塵滾滾,不少房屋都正在修建,相信是因為隨著人口上升,住屋需求也逐漸增多。

現時廷布人口大約有十一萬,對比香港當然是九牛一毛,但不丹人口只有大約八十萬人,屈指一算,全國有超過八分之一人口住在這裡。

「因為這裡經常有地震,所以都有高度限制,房子都不會建超過六層的。」Caiwang 說。

但我看看這些新建的房子,當然不會再以古法用泥石樹竹建屋,但石屎的表面仍是宗卡建築特色。今天不丹走現代化的同時,政府下令新建的房屋仍要興建得具傳統特色。城市中仍是會看到幾乎清一色的風格建築,那是不丹的獨特之處。

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