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Tibet embraces largest tour group in over 2 years
13:36, April 13, 2009  

Tibet received a largest tour group late Saturday since the Qinghai-Tibet railway began operating on July 1, 2006.

The southwest region welcomed a total of 230 tourists in a group from China's Macao Special Administrative Region (MSAR) and Zhuhai City in south Guangdong Province.


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. Tibet received a largest tour group late Saturday since the Qinghai-Tibet railway began operating on July 1, 2006. (Xinhua Photo)


The tourists were warmly welcomed by locals at the Lhasa railway station and staff of the hotel they were staying. Hadas, highland barely wine as well as Tibetan yak dance, once only seen on TV, became firsthand experience for the southeners.

"People here are very friendly," said Lin Limei, a woman from Macao. She said she had a litte of altitude sickness on the train, but after experiencing the warmth of the people there, she forgot it totally.


A tourist from Zhuhai poses for photos with girls of the Tibetan ethnic group in Lhasa, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, on April 11, 2009. (Xinhua Photo)


In their nine-day stay in Tibet, the tourists will visit Lhasa, Xigaze and Nyingchi prefectures, sightseeing many famous scenic spots including the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Lake Namco and Tashilumpo Monastery.

Tibet has been a mysterious place to her, added Lin. "What I am looking forward to the most are the Potala Palace and the 'heaven lake' Lake Namco. I also want to experience the life of herdsmen in tents on the pastures."

The operation of the Qinghai-Tibet railway has greatly promoted the development of tourism in the region.

The railway brought in 7.6 million passengers to Tibet in two years and most of them tourists, said Wang Songping, deputy director of Tibet Autonomous Region Tourism Administration. This year, Tibet is expected to receive three million domestic and foreign tourists.

Source:Xinhuanet

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