With the annual “Two Sessions” political assemblies underway in Beijing, the South...
by Anne Henochowicz | Dec 3, 2012
In partnership with the China Copyright and Media blog, CDT is adding the “Beijing Internet...
by Samuel Wade | Jan 12, 2011
An editorial in The Independent contrasts the banquets that greeted Li Keqiang on his visit to London with the conditions endured by missing human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng during an earlier incarceration: When the Chancellor,...
by Sophie Beach | Sep 26, 2010
The controversial railway into Tibet is going to be expanded to Tibet’s second largest city, Shigatse (Xigaze), Xinhua reports: The Lhasa-Xigaze railway, with a budget of 13.3 billion yuan (1.95 billion U.S. dollars), is...
by Sophie Beach | Oct 25, 2008
On TreeHugger, Alex Pasternack gives a lengthy account of his ride on the train to Tibet, offering observations on how the railway is impacting the Tibetan environment, economy, and culture: To many the world’s most daring...
by Zhaohua Li | Mar 10, 2008
If you’re going to ride China’s most controversial rail line, why not do it in swaddled in velvety comfort? From AFP: “The interior of the train will be decorated according to the standards of a five-star...
by Zhaohua Li | Dec 17, 2007
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% […]
by Xiao Qiang | Dec 1, 2007
From BBC News: China’s high-speed, high-altitude railway to Tibet has carried troops to the regional capital, Lhasa, for the first time, state media has reported. The Xinhua news agency cited unnamed sources in the People’s Liberation Army as saying the railway would become “a main option” for transporting soldiers. Analysts say the move is likely […]
by Wu Nan | Oct 20, 2007
From Reuters: More then 3.2 million people have visited Tibet so far this year, breaking all records and doubling tourist spending in the Himalayan region, thanks to a new railway and airport, state media reported on Friday. The tourists spent 3.89 billion yuan (253 million pounds), an increase of 90.1 percent from on the same […]
by Sophia Cao | Aug 13, 2007
BBC carried Michael Bristow’s report on the effects of the railway line linking Tibet to China in its first year of existence. Lhasa’s railway cargo depot lies at the end of a partly-paved road, full of potholes, around 20km (12.5 miles) outside the Tibetan capital. Scurrying to and fro along its platforms, uniformed workers unload […]
by Morgan Figuers | Jun 6, 2007
From Zee News International: China has claimed that the Qinghai-Tibet railway, the world’s highest, has had no adverse effects on the surrounding environment and wildlife as accused by some pro-Dalai Lama activists. The landscape, lakes and the frozen earth are all well preserved and the wildlife’s migration also remains unchanged after trains started plying through […]
by Sophie Beach | May 14, 2007
The Times of India outlines what its reporter believes is China’s plan for preparing for the death of the current Dalai Lama: Chinese authorities are working on an action plan for the post-Dalai Lama scenario in Tibet. The plan involves promoting the officially ordained Panchen Lama as the supreme spiritual leader of the Tibetan people […]
by Sophia Cao | May 5, 2007
From Xinhua via China Daily: Since the opening of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway on July 1 last year, Tibet has witnessed a rapid growth in tourism. In the first quarter of this year, it received 116,000 visitors, up 15.8 percent on the same period last year, the Tibet regional tourism bureau said. Tourism income during the […]
by Sophie Beach | Apr 12, 2007
The New Yorker magazine has a lengthy feature piece by Indian writer Pankaj Mishra about the railroad to Tibet, which he took from Beijing to Lhasa to investigate what impact the train would have on Tibetan culture and society. The article includes an interview with Tibetan writer and blogger Woeser. Unfortunately only an abstract of […]
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