English home Forum Photo Gallery Features Newsletter Archive   About US Help Site Map
- Newsletter
- Online Community
- China Biz Info
- News Archive
- Feedback
- Voices of Readers
- Weather Forecast
 RSS Feeds
- China 
- Business 
- World 
- Sci-Edu 
- Culture/Life 
- Sports 
- Photos 
- Most Popular 
- FM Briefings 
 About China
- China at a glance
- China in brief 2004
- Chinese history
- Constitution
- Laws & regulations
- CPC & state organs
- Ethnic minorities
- Selected Works of Deng Xiaoping

Home >> Business
UPDATED: 17:44, September 14, 2006
Qinghai-Tibet railway transports more than 270,000 passengers
font size    

The Qinghai-Tibet railway line has carried 272,700 passengers and 37,400 tons of freight since entering service on July 1.

About 40 percent of the passengers were tourists, 30 percent business people and the rest students, transient workers, traders and people visiting relatives in Tibet, according to Jin Shixun, director of the Tibet Autonomous Regional Committee of Development and Reform.

"The Qinghai-Tibet Railway has turned Tibet into one of the most coveted travel destinations in China," said Jin.

In July and August, Tibet played host to 913,000 domestic and overseas tourists and raked in 942 million yuan (about 117.75 million U.S. dollars.) in revenue.

Average occupancy for three-star and four-star hotels in Tibet over the past two months was 83.7 percent. Food and drink sales rose 55.7 percent from the same period last year to hit 127 million yuan (about 15.88 million U.S. dollars).

Zhanuo, deputy director of the Tibet Autonomous Regional Tourism Bureau, said that one person had died since the history-making plateau railway began operations.

The dead person was a 77-year-old Hong Kong resident who was unfit for travel in plateau regions as he had been diagnosed with pulmonary edema before reaching the Tibetan capital of Lhasa. Pulmonary edema is a swelling or accumulation of fluid in the lungs.

The Hong Kong resident fell ill and was hospitalized after arriving in Lhasa on July 28 with a tour group organized by a Hong Kong travel agency.

The old man ignored his doctor's recommendation that he take a flight out of Tibet as a health precaution. Instead he left the hospital on July 31 and boarded a train to Xining, the capital of Qinghai province, with other members of the tour group. He died on the train the next day.

Source: Xinhua

Comments on the story Comment on the story Recommend to friends Tell a friend Print friendly Version Print friendly format Save to disk Save this

- Text Version
- RSS Feeds
- China Forum
- Newsletter
- People's Comment
- Most Popular
 Related News
- Qinghai-Tibet Railway may extend to Nepal

- Panchen Lama says railway sure to benefit Tibetans

- China arrests 185 for illegal ticket dealers on Qinghai-Tibet railway

- Unexpectedly advanced Qinghai-Tibet Railway

- Over 70,000 passengers take "roof of the world" train to Lhasa in a month


Manufacturers, Exporters, Wholesalers - Global trade starts here.
Copyright by People's Daily Online, all rights reserved