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14:34 Apr 12 2009

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Tibet to receive 3 mln domestic, foreign tourists in 2009
14:34, April 12, 2009  

Tibet expects to receive three million domestic and foreign tourists in 2009, said an official with the regional tourism administration here on Saturday.

Tibetan girls present highland barley wine to tourists from Macao and Zhuhai in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, on Saturday, April 11, 2009. (XinhuaPhoto)

Tibet received 230 tourists from Macao and Zhuhai City in south China's Guangdong Province on late Saturday. The tour is the biggest ever since the first operation of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. They will have a nine-day-tour in Tibet, visiting many scenic spots including the Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple.

The Qinghai-Tibet Railway had brought 7.6 million passengers to Tibet in two years and most of them were visitors, said Wang Songping, deputy director of Tibet Autonomous Region Tourism Administration.

The administration will mainly focus on attracting domestic tourists in 2009 and expects to receive about 2.9 million domestic tourists, Wang said.

Tibet received 2.25 million tourists last year, among whom 2.17 million were domestic tourists.

A visitor poses for photos at the Potala Palace in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, March 21, 2009. (Xinhua Photo)

Source: Xinhua

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