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Tibet sets up tourism data center

LHASA, June 11 (Xinhua) — Southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region has set up a data center for tourism and traffic information, the local tourism authority said Monday. The center will allow tourists to access online information from regional tourism, transportation, railway and civil aviation departments, as well as offer hotel …

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Over 150 invasive species discovered in Tibet

LHASA, June 11 (Xinhua) — Scientists have found over 150 unsafe invasive species in Tibet Autonomous Region after two years of research. Led by Tibet’s regional institute of plateau biology, the research team found over 130 invasive plants including crofton weed, and more than 20 invasive animals in the region, …

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Tibet to build three more airports

LHASA, June 8 (Xinhua) — Tibet plans to build three new airports to promote tourism and economic growth. The airports will be in Shannan, Xigaze and Ali, according the regional government and the Civil Aviation Administration of China. Construction of the three airports, all above the altitude of 3,900 meters, …

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Populations of endangered species increase in Tibet

LHASA, June 7 (Xinhua) — Tibet’s Ali Prefecture has seen its population of protected animals increase because of 20 years of conservation work, local forestry authorities claimed Thursday. The Forestry Bureau of Ali Prefecture said Class-I protected animals were doing well, including the Tibetan antelope with a population that has …

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Tibet spends 1.1 bln yuan on ecological conservation in 2017

LHASA, June 5 (Xinhua) — Southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region spent more than 1.1 billion yuan (171 million U.S. dollars) on ecological conservation projects in 2017, the regional environmental bureau said Tuesday. The projects range from grassland, wetland and wildlife protection to construction of nature reserves and afforestation. In 2009, …

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Tibet to transmit 1 bln kWh of clean energy outside of region in 2018

LHASA, May 30 (Xinhua) — Southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region plans to transmit up to 1 billion kilowatt-hours of clean electricity to other provinces in China this year, up nearly 8 percent compared with previous year, the regional power company said Wednesday. The regional electric power trading company said it …

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Tibet sees more “good” air days in 2017

LHASA, June 3 (Xinhua) — The southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region had “excellent” or “good” air quality on about 97.5 percent of days in 2017, according to a report on the region’s environment. The figure also represented an increase of 7.5 percentage points over 2016, according to the report. To …

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Tibet’s tourism revenue up 41 pct in first five months

LHASA, June 3 (Xinhua) — Southwest China’s Tibet has seen dramatic growth in tourism revenue in the first five months this year. From January to May, Tibet welcomed 5.6 million tourists, up 38 percent from a year ago. Total revenue also rose 41.4 percent to 7.1 billion yuan (about 1.1 …

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China’s Tibetan scholars’ delegation visits the Netherlands

THE HAGUE, May 25 (Xinhua) — A visiting Chinese Tibetan scholars’ delegation on Friday briefed Dutch officials on the latest development of China’s Tibet Autonomous Region and discussed cooperation on Tibetan studies. The delegation met with officials from the Multilateral Organizations and Human Rights Department and from the Asia and …

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Environment cleanup underway under Mt Qomolangma

LHASA, May 29 (Xinhua) — Dondrup, 30, looks a lot older than his age. Constant exposure to the sun in a low-oxygen environment has left his face leathery and wrinkled. Founded this year, the Mount Qomolangma environment squad has 30 members. Dondrup is a garbage picker at the base camp …

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