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Tibet sees fast growth in online retail sales

LHASA, July 10 (Xinhua) — The volume of online retail sales in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region grew by 29.22 percent year on year in 2017, the regional commerce department said on Tuesday. Online retail sales totalled 2.28 billion yuan (about 345 million U.S. dollars) last year, the department said. …

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Tibet trains over 300 Thangka painters

LHASA, July 14 (Xinhua) — An academy in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region has trained more than 300 painters of Thangka, a traditional Tibetan Buddhist art form. Since 2012, Tibet Thangka Painting Academy in Lhasa has trained students from low-income families free of charge to help preserve the cultural heritage. …

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An Indian pilgrim’s journey in Tibet

LHASA, July 5 (Xinhua) — Anuj Gupta was one of the first Indian pilgrims to travel to this sacred mountain and lake for this year’s annual pilgrimage in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region. Donning sports clothes and a windbreaker to keep him warm in the severe high-altitude weather, Gupta arrived …

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13 Tibetan language software programs launched in Tibet

LHASA, July 6 (Xinhua) — Thirteen Tibetan-Chinese translation and Tibetan language input software programs were launched Friday in Lhasa, capital of Tibet Autonomous Region, to promote the modernization of Tibetan language processing, the developer said. China Ethnic Languages Translation Bureau (CELTB) said the programs include a Tibetan to Chinese and …

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Tibet’s bottled water output rises

LHASA, July 9 (Xinhua) — Productions of bottled drinking water in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region has increased steadily, local authorities said. Last year, 800,000 tonnes of water was bottled, up 30 percent year on year, but well short of the target of 1 million tonnes, according to the regional …

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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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