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15:43 Jan 19 2012

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Lhasa listed "Top 10 places to go in 2012"
15:42, January 19, 2012  

Lhasa was selected as the No.9 holiday resort on the list of "The 45 Places to Go in 2012" by New York Time recently. The increasing capacity of luxury hotels in Lhasa brings 'respite' to tourists from all over the world.

Here is digest of the comments by New York Time:

Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region's holy capital is in the throes of a luxury-hotel boom. In Lhasa, this is news: not only is operating an upscale hotel at nearly 12,000 feet above sea level no small feat, but real-estate developments here are, almost by default, also culturally loaded.

The majestic, 162-room St. Regis Lhasa Resort has been in full operation since May. In 2010, a charming Tibetan-owned villa called the Lingtsang reopened as a boutique hotel with opulent, colorful woodwork and courtyard verandas. And coming soon are the sprawling InterContinental Resort Lhasa Paradise and the 284-room Shangri-La, both scheduled to open in 2013.

On the upside, it's the first time that travelers can get high-end amenities in a city where even basic hospitality has been a challenge. On the downside, the openings — like Lhasa's booming population, new business districts and shopping malls — are seen by many Tibetans and interested outsiders as more cultural colonization and exploitation of a sacred land.

From: China Tibet Online


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