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Tibet Tourism Resources

Tibet Tourism resources In 2005, a total of 1.8006 million people hailing from inside and outside China visited Tibet, representing an increase of 47.2 percent over the previous year. This included 1.6793 million visitors from other parts of China, an increase of 49.0 percent; and 121,300 from the rest of the world, an increase of 26.6 percent. In 2005, tourism income reached 1.935 billion Yuan, an increase of 26.3 percent over the previous year. Foreign exchange income thus made was US$44.43 million, an increase of 21.4 percent. In the first six months of 2006, Tibet received some 592,000 Chinese and foreign visitors, 9.2 percent more than the same period of the previous year. They included 43,000 foreign visitors and 548,000 Chinese visitors, respectively 8.4 percent and 9.3 percent more than the same period of the previous year. Tourist income added up to 510 million Yuan, 9.1 percent increase. Tourism economy is in good shape, showing a healthy trend for development.

By June 2006, Tibet boasted 71 starred tourist hotels and 535 non-starred ones; they had 39,144 tourist beds. A total of 103,000 people engaged in tourism industry, including 1,139 tourist guides who speak English, Japanese, German or French. In addition, Tibet boasted 1,127 tourst coaches with 15,001 seats. Tibet has to work for better reception capacity.

Moreover, Tibet also set up travel offices in Beijing, Chengdu, Xi'an, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Japan, Nepal, the United States and some other countries, providing tourist or consulting services for foreign individual tourists to form a team to visit Tibet.

Tourism Resources

Tibet Tourism resources Tibet is richly endowed with tourism resources. Its varied topography is composed largely of the Himalayas mountainous area, northern Tibet plateau lake area, and eastern Tibet high mountain valley area. Its landscape features grassland, wetlands, lakes, river valleys, forests, highland glaciers, snow-capped peaks, geothermal fields and others. The region boasts more than 50 peaks each with a height of more than 7,000 meters, and five over 8,000 meters. They include the number one peak in the world, Qomolangma. The area is the source of four major rivers in Asia and also has three lakes each covering an area of over 1,000 square km, making the region number one in China in this regard. Tibet¡¯s forests and living timbers rank fifth and first in China, with the forest coverage rate reaching 9.8 percent.

In addition, Tibet boasts three world-class nature reserves (Qomolangma Nature Reserve, Northern Tibet Changtang Nature Reserve, and Eastern Tibet Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon Nature Reserve), and one State-class scenic area (Yarlung State Class Scenic Area). Its natural scenery includes snowy mountainous areas centered on the Himalayas, a grassland scenic area centered on the northern Tibet Changtang Grasslands, natural scenic area centered on the eastern Tibet forests and gorges, and highland lake and mountain scenic area centered on holy mountains and holy lakes in Ngari. Nam Co is representative of grassland lakes and Basum Co is representative of the highland forest lakes.

Tibet Tourism resources Tibet has a long history and rich culture. It boasts some 1,600 well preserved and well managed monasteries full of valuable classics. Its rich folklore gives birth to five areas of cultural interest: (1) A political, economic, religious, historical and cultural center represented by the Potala Palace and Jokhang Monastery in Lhasa; (2) Tibetan cultural cradle area represented by Shannan's Yongbulakang, Samye Monastery, Qamzhub Monastery, and Tombs of the Tibetan Kings; (3) Religious cultural area presented by Xigaze's Tashilhungpo Monastery and Sagya Monastery; and (4)Cultural relics area represented by the ¡°ruins of the Guge Kingdom Capital¡± in northwest Tibet; and (5)Historical and cultural area represented by the ¡°tea-horse trade route¡± saturated with the Kham culture of Qamdo.

Tibet has three world-class cultural heritages--the Potala Palace, the Jokhang Monastery and the Norbu Lingka; three State-class historical and cultural cities, referring to Lhasa, Xigaze and Gyangze, five 4A scenic areas, namely Potala Palace, Jokhang Monastery, Norbu Lingka, Museum and Basum Co Lake; one State outstanding tourist city, Lhasa; some 2,000 cultural relics units subject to regional-level protection, and 35 cultural relics units subject to national protection, and 168 cultural relics units subject to county (city) level protection. Tibet has opened a ¡°golden triangle¡± historical, religious and cultural scenic area encompassing Lhasa-Xigaze-Gyangze. There is the plan to extend the route to Ngari in northern Tibet and areas in southeast Tibet.

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