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Tibet gets closer for Shanghai residents

September 21, 2010

Long weekend in Tibet? Well not quite, but the idea's not that far
off with a new tourism deal between Shanghai and Lhasa
September 20, 2010

Tibetan tourism It just got easier for travelers from Shanghai to see
this and other stupas on the Tibetan plateau.

When people talk about "escaping Shanghai's urban chaos" they usually
mean a weekend in Moganshan, not Tibet. But that might be about to
change with recent agreements between Shanghai and Lhasa, capital
city of the Tibet Autonomous Region.

The talks could mean the availability of new luxury train trips
between the two destinations as well as the possibility of shorter
trips for those who don't have a month to devote to travel in the
area. Long weekend at a spiritual retreat in the Himalayas anyone?

Representatives from the two cities signed an agreement of tourism
cooperation over the weekend at the 2010 Expo.

"We will provide Shanghai guests with customized and high-end tourism
services through negotiation with the Shanghai government, local
tourism agencies and airline companies," said Jiang Hua, director of
the Lhasa Tourism Bureau to reporters at the Tibet Week event at the
Shanghai Expo.

Expect more flights to Lhasa from Shanghai as well as luxury railway
trips from Chengdu, Sichuan Province and Xining, Qinghai Province.

Tibetan tourism authorities are also working with local travel
agencies to develop more short-stay trips around Lhasa, from three to
five days, Jiang said, catering to those traveling from China's major
cities like Shanghai.
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