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Tibet on track to become global tourist attraction[1]-

Tourism increased in the Tibet autonomous region in the first four months of the year, as the region aspires to become a world-class travel destination.

Tibet on track to become global tourist attraction

The region had more than 830,000 tourists from January through April, a year-on-year increase of 23.4 percent, the regional tourism bureau said on Tuesday.

Foreign tourists numbered 20,000, an increase of 10.3 percent, and the number of domestic tourists was 810,000, an increase of 23.8 percent.

Meanwhile, the revenue generated by the tourism industry was 926 million yuan ($148.4 million), an increase of 26.2 percent, it said.

Karral Millar, 62, an Australian tourist, said she had a good time in Tibet.

“It’s wonderful. It’s been three days now. We have visited the Potala Palace and many temples, and we are learning new things about Tibetan Buddhism and history,” Millar said on Tuesday.

Cycling has become a popular way to tour the region in recent years, as many tourists want to have close contact with the natural scenery and culture of Tibet.

“It’s my second time in Tibet. I am absolutely impressed with the natural scenery and unique culture. I feel as if I am at home here,” said Liu Xiaojun, from Hebei province.

“I am also overwhelmed with the hospitality and politeness of the local people,” said Liu, adding that he plans to make a bicycle tour to Zhangmu Port in Tibet’s Xigaze prefecture.

Many businesses near the scenic spots in Lhasa see the coming of summer peak season as a harvest.

“Compared with the same period last year, we had more guests this year. We have 62 rooms, and more than half are booked every day,” said India, 41, a receptionist at the Kyichu Hotel, a Nepalese hotel in Lhasa.

Tibet received more than 12 million tourists from home and abroad lastar.

The region hopes to have 15 million tourists this year.

via Tibet on track to become global tourist attraction[1]-

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Fire destroys 100 homes in centuries-old Guizhou village: reports | South China Morning Post

A fire has destroyed more than 100 homes in a Chinese village built three centuries ago, state media said on Sunday, the third blaze to ravage a cultural site in weeks.


The blazes, which all erupted in the southwest of the country, often burned down old wooden structures.

The latest fire broke out at Baojing Dong village in Guizhou province late on Saturday and took more than four hours to put out, the state news agency Xinhua said.

The area was “one of China’s most complete” settlements of the Dong ethnic minority, known for its “well-preserved” dwellings, it added.

Nearly 2,000 residents lived there but no casualties have yet been reported. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation, it said.

More than 200 similar settlements are located in the same prefecture of Qiandongnan and many have suffered from fires, local housing official Gu Huaxian was quoted by Xinhua as saying last month.

A separate blaze on January 10 destroyed more than 100 wooden homes in an ancient Tibetan town in the popular tourist area of Shangri-La in Yunnan province.

The fire at Gyalthang – in an area said to have inspired British author James Hilton’s mythical Shangri-La – also took place overnight, with no casualties reported.

A week earlier 10 structures burned down in the Buddhist Serthar institute, a high-profile site for Tibetan culture in Sichuan province.

via Fire destroys 100 homes in centuries-old Guizhou village: reports | South China Morning Post.

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BBC News – Blaze ravages ancient Tibetan town in Shangri-La county

Fire has severely damaged an ancient Tibetan town in south-western China.

More than 100 mostly wooden houses were destroyed in the blaze in Dukezong in Shangri-La county, in the province of Yunnan.

The picturesque town with cobbled streets dates back 1,300 years and is popular with tourists.

Casualties have not so far been reported. The blaze was put out by 2,000 firefighters, police and volunteers, according to local media.

Many residents had to be evacuated and the damage was estimated to be worth 100m yuan ($16m, £10m), state TV reports.

via BBC News – Blaze ravages ancient Tibetan town.

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* China hints at new development approach to Tibet

The Hindu: News / International: “Ahead of the third anniversary of the March 14 riots in Tibet, a top official from the region said the government would pay more attention to preserving Tibetan culture to address rising concerns about imbalanced growth.

“If there is no culture, there will be no development,” Na Ceng, a Tibetan adviser to the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China’s top political advisory body, said in an interview with The Hindu.

“Culture is like the eye of a person. It plays a crucial role,” said Ceng, who in 1943 was recognised as a Tibetan “living Buddha.”

Ceng is among a group of delegates who has pushed forward a proposal for China’s first ever law on the preservation of intangible cultural heritage, during the ongoing annual session of the National People’s Congress (NPC), the country’s top legislative body.

The law, passed by the NPC this week, mandates that regional governments should do more to preserve minority cultures, including oral literature and cultural practices.

Ceng acknowledged that Tibet was facing a huge challenge “in transferring Tibetan Buddhism to the next generation.” “The cultural preservation law can play an important role.” …

Asked about recent protests over a move to expand the introduction of Mandarin Chinese as “a common language” in Tibetan universities, he said it would be ensured that “only Tibetan language” was spoken and taught in religious institutions. In October, hundreds of Tibetan students in the western Qinghai province and in Beijing protested the policy, which has subsequently been suspended.

Ceng, however, said “bilingual education” in schools and colleges, for Tibetan students to learn Mandarin, was a necessity, if Tibet was not to be left behind other regions.

via The Hindu : News / International : China hints at new development approach to Tibet.

China is keenly aware that it needs to resolve the Tibetan issue before it escalates with an increasing number of self-immolations, not only amongst monks but with lay citizens too.

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