Qinghai-Tibet railway boosts Tibetan tourism
GOV.cn Wednesday, August 2, 2006

Special Report: Qinghai-Tibet Railway


A photo taken on July 29, 2006 shows two Lamas from the Drepung Monastery sit on a Qinghai-Tibet train. A total of 118,000 tourists traveled to Tibet by train in July after the Qinghai-Tibet Railway opened to traffic on July 1. The Qinghai-Tibet railway, the world's highest, runs 1,956 kilometers from Qinghai's provincial capital of Xining to Lhasa in Tibet. [Xinhua Photo]


A photo taken on July 29, 2006 shows some passengers travel on a Qinghai-Tibet train. A total of 118,000 tourists traveled to Tibet by train in July after the Qinghai-Tibet Railway went into operation on July 1. [Xinhua Photo]


Kids wave to the passing train in Doilungdeqen County of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, July 21, 2006. After the Qinghai-Tibet Railway started operation on July 1, 2006, some 300,000 tourists from home and abroad came to Tibet from July 1 to July 20, 50 percent higher than the corresponding period in 2005, according to a latest statistic.  [Xinhua Photo]


Tourists in Tibetan costumes who came from the inland and traveled here by train pose for a group photo in front of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, July 31, 2006. [Xinhua Photo]

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For Dobgyai, a tourism park manager just outside Tibet's capital Lhasa, knew the Qinghai-Tibet railway would make his life busier but he still was not prepared for the influx.

"I never expected so many people to come all at once," said the harried manager who has to turn visitors away.

Dobgyai said that his Niangre Tibetan Folklore and Customs Tourism Park, six kilometers north of Lhasa, has been full to capacity with 200 tourists visiting each day since the 1,956-km-long railway began carrying passengers on July 1.

According to Tibet Autonomous Regional Tourism Administration, the new rail line de