Chinese authorities say Tibet will reopen to tourists ’soon’

April 19th, 2008 - 2:00 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Apr.19 (ANI): The Tibet regional government has said that it plans to reopen the region to foreign tourists soon”, without giving a specific date.
In a written statement sent to the China Daily, the information office of the regional government said: “The Tibet tourism bureau is doing its utmost to prepare for the reopening of all scenic spots.”
Following the riots in Lhasa on March 14, in which 18 innocent civilians were killed, tourism authorities advised people not to visit the region for safety reasons.
Tourist attractions and scenic spots were closed down and travel services were suspended following the unrest.
However, on April 3, the authorities said the region would reopen to foreign and domestic tourists on May 1, a national holiday.
Train tickets to Lhasa have already sold out, a newspaper in Zhengzhou, Henan province, reported recently.
Several other tourism destinations in Tibetan-inhabited regions are also recovering from last month’s riots.
Authorities in Diqing Tibetan autonomous prefecture, Yunnan province, said last week the region had now reopened to foreign travelers.
In another development, Jiang Zaiping, deputy head of the Lhasa public security bureau, told a press conference on Friday that 385 people involved in last month’s riots have turned themselves in to police.
Most of them claimed they had been coerced into taking part in the riots, while a few admitted to being organizers, he said.
Of the 170 suspects on the most wanted list, 82 have surrendered to police, Jiang said.
On Friday, the Tibetan health authority told China Central Television that all of the 382 people wounded in the March 14 riots have been “effectively treated” by local hospitals. (ANI)

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