Monday, August 24, 2009

Tibet sees record number of tourists in July

Annual Buddha Thangka unfolding ceremony, Drepung Monastery, Lhasa, Tibet, Aug. 20, 2009. Such ceremonies at Drepung and Sera monasteries are held on the first day of the Shoton Festival and attract thousands of Buddhists, Chinese, and foreign tourists visiting and on pilgrimage (Xinhua). Photos

Buddhist monks and believers unfolding a Buddha Thangka, Drepung Monastery, Lhasa, capital of Tibet, Aug. 20, 2009 (Xinhua). Photo

Tourists take pictures, Potala Palace, Lhasa, capital of SW China's Tibet, 7/29/09.

BEIJING, (Xinhua, Aug. 22, 2009) -- China's Tibetan Autonomous Region saw a tourist surge last month, with the number of tourists from home and abroad rising to a new monthly record of 1.22 million, according to the National Tourism Administration.

The peak-season tourists generated more than one billion yuan in tourism revenue for the region, the administration said Friday in an online statement. The number of tourists more than doubled over last July... More>>