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09:56 Mar 02 2010

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Family-run hotels make Tibetans in Sichuan prosperous
09:54, March 02, 2010  

Dhondup, owner of a Tibetan-style family-run hotel in Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, western Sichuan Province, got up early in the morning together with his family to prepare breakfast for his customers.

Photo shows the interior of Tsering's family-run hotel in Zhaxigang Village, Lulang Town,southeastern Tibet's Nyingchi Prefecture. (Photo

A group of tourists from Hong Kong were preparing to leave his hotel. A female tourist, who got to Garze for a second time with a tour group, was quite satisfied with the living conditions and praised the hotel for its unique features.

As the traditional Chinese Lunar New Year and Tibetan New Year were over, Tibetan-inhabited areas in Sichuan began to see a slack tourist season.

My hotel is always fully booked when the International Labor Day or the National Day holiday comes, said Dhondup.

According to Dhondup, his hotel can have more than 100 clients on the busiest day of a year and even in the slack tourist season it can still have about ten customers. Some of them are from inland Chinese cities, others from China's Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan and still others from other countries such as Janpan, Singapore, Germany and the United States.

As the Kading Airport is only 40 km away from my home and the upgrading of No. 318 National Route has been finished, I'm sure my hotel will have more business, he said.

Dhondup's family used to plant highland barley. However, due to the harsh weather conditions on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, his family could only harvest 1,000 kg of highland barley a year, barely enough to meet the needs of their daily life.

With the support of the local government, Dhondup got a loan from a bank and began to engage in tourism. He also received free training from the local tourism bureau on how to receive tourists and learned spoken Mandarin and surfing the Internet.

Dhondup's house has been built into a three-storey Tibetan-style one with 108 beds, with some rooms equipped with Internet cables. With the money they make from tourism, his family has also bought a SUV. My hotel has enabled my family to lead a happy life, said Dhondup with a smile.

The Garze Prefectural Government has been providing aid to local farmers and herders in expanding featured tourism by making full use of rich tourist resources and ecology resources on the plateau.

In 2009, the prefecture reported a revenue of 1.78 billion yuan from tourism services and received 2.7 million domestic and foreign tourists, up 129 percent and 132 percent over the same period of 2008, respectively.

Source: Sichuan Daily

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