Chinese state media have announced a leap of Himalayan proportions in the number of tourists going to Tibet, thanks in large part to the contentious opening last year of the Qinghai-Tibet rail line. BBC has the summary:
Just over four million tourists will have visited Tibet in 2007, an official said, an increase of 64% year on year.
The official put the increase down to better marketing and improved transport links, including the controversial high-speed rail service to China…Local Communist Party secretary Zhang Qingli said that Tibet was entering a “golden era” of tourism. [Full Text]
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