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Wednesday, March 10, 2004

7. Xinhua 10 March 2004 Qinghai-Tibet railway to shore up tourists to world's roof (Xinhua)

Xinhuan is the official news agency of the Poeple's Republic of China

LHASA, March 10 (Xinhuanet) -- The number of travelers to southwest China's
Tibetan Autonomous Region, known as the "roof of the world," is expected to
rise by 15-20 percent annually when the Qinghai-Tibet Railway goes into
operation in 2007.

The 1,956-km Qinghai-Tibet railway line, which will run from Xining, capital
of northwest Qinghai Province, to Lhasa, Tibetan capital, will give a big
impetus to the development of tourism in Tibet, which is a key factor for
local economic growth, said Wang Taifu with the academy of social sciences
in Tibet.

The section from Xining to Golmud City in Qinghai was completedin 1984.
Construction of the 1,118-km section connecting Golmud with Lhasa began in
June 2001 and is expected to be completed by 2007.

It is also estimated that 1.8 million people will travel to andout of Tibet
in 2010, 630,000 of which will make the trip by trainon the Qinghai-Tibet
line, the first railway stretching to Tibet.

Tibet accepted 930,000 tourists in 2003, who arrived in the region by air
and bus.

The long and tiring journey by buses and expensive trips by airhave greatly
contained arrivals of tourists to Tibet, posing a bigbottleneck for local
tourism development and the regional economicgrowth as a whole, said Wang.

The operation of the railway line will not only encourage an influx of
tourists, but also make it much more convenient for Tibetans to travel
outside of the region, said Wang.

The railway line will have little impact on the performance of air services,
said Wang, though he pointed out that bus transport linking Tibet with
neighboring Qinghai, Sichuan and Yunnan provinces as well as Xinjiang Uygur
Autonomous Region will largelylose their passengers to trains, which render
more safe, comfortable and cheaper transport. Enditem

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  2. Tibetans in Nepal defy ban on rallies to mark uprising anniversary (AFP)
  3. Dharamsala: the tourist town the Tibetan exodus built (AFP)
  4. Website offers 22,000-dollar reward for information on Panchen Lama (AFP)
  5. Tibetan martyrs remembered in memorial service
  6. East meets West in Swiss Tibet (SI)
  7. Xinhua 10 March 2004 Qinghai-Tibet railway to shore up tourists to world's roof (Xinhua)
  8. A struggle for spiritual freedom in China (WP)
  9. Himalayan high Tibetan Buddhist monks mix practice & politics at Bard

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