Official: Tibet aims to become world tourist destination

15:16, March 09, 2011      

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Tibet will be built into a world tourist destination, said Baima Chilin, NPC member, deputy Party secretary of Tibet Autonomous Region and director of the Tibet Autonomous Region People's Government, when interacting with netizens online at on March 8.

Baima Chilin said the number of tourists in the Tibet Autonomous Region reached nearly 6.9 million people in 2010. Tibet must create brands from the mountain, snow, sunshine and Tibetan culture, he said.

Tibet possesses well-protected rivers and mountains and a large number of cultural landscapes, and Tibetan culture is also a treasure in the fine Chinese culture. Visitors will be allowed to experience the life of Tibetan people and learn the origin of Tibetan culture. In order to attract more visitors, developers of scenic spots should focus on service functions, such as railway and aviation construction, and the construction of both software and hardware.

Baima Chilin also said that most people probably only know Lhasa and the Potala Palace. However, there are also many other beautiful attractions in the 1.2 million square kilometers of Tibetan land.

For example, Nyingchi possesses primeval forests and lakes as well as various sceneries throughout the year. There are also many foreign visitors in the Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon and the Ngari Prefecture. They are particularly interested in the local culture.

Tibet has established a tourism group to create tourist brands, and had laid a solid foundation in various aspects, he said.

"The government clearly required us to make Tibet Autonomous Region into a world tourist destination and we are moving in this direction," Baima Chilin said.

By People's Daily Online

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