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Foreigners make up ten percent of visitors to Tibet

April 22, 2009

Xinhua is the official press agency of the Communist Party of China and
the government of People’s Republic of China

BEIJING, April 20 (Xinhuanet) -- One out of ten visitors to Tibet is
from a foreign country after the region reopened to foreign tourists or
tourists from China's Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan in early April.

Foreign tourists may get into the southwest China's region as of April 5
after it lifted a month-long suspension.

One out of ten visitors to Tibet is from a foreign country after the
region reopened to foreign tourists or tourists from China's Hong Kong,
Macao and Taiwan in early April.

As the impact of last year's March 14 riots in Lhasa was over and it is
becoming warmer, tourism in Tibet is beginning to enter the peak season.

Foreign tourists like Tibet very much, said Yu Xungui, deputy director
of the Tourism Bureau of Tibet Autonomous Region.

In early April alone, the region received about 20 foreign tourist
groups every day, each with 100 members on average.

Visitor poses for photos with Tibetans in a hotel in Lhasa, capital of
southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, April 11, 2009.

Visitors from Macao and Zhuhai City pose for photos with Tibetans in a
hotel in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region,
April 11, 2009. (Xinhua Photo)
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Yu said that as 2009 is the year for ecotourism in China, Tibet has
underscored the theme and introduced a series of eco-travel routes. For
example, it has opened special routes like hiking along the grand
Yarlung Zangbo River Valley, tours in the holy city of Lhasa and
eco-travel to Mt. Qomolangma.

A total of three million Chinese and foreign tourists are expected to
visit the region in 2009, he estimated.

To attract more visitors, the region has taken favorable measures
including a series of promotions. For instance, tickets to major
ecotourism scenic spots will offer a 40-percent discount, while hotels
and restaurants will give customers 50-percent discount.

As the "heaven lake" Namtso Lake reopened to the public and the May day
holiday (from May 1 to May 3) is approaching, the number of tourists to
Tibet will post a 30-percent increase, according to local travel agencies.

During the annual traditional Shoton Festival (Yogurt Festival) to be
held in Tibet in August, locals will sing and dance to present the best
image of the region, said Yu. He expressed the hope that more people
will come to the region to experience Tibet's fine culture.

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