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Guizhou's charms attract growing tourism2008-09-03

Yet it is blessed with striking natural scenery, culture and customs, a long history and a pleasant climate, all of which are beginning to attract more tourists, both domestic and international.

Quake-hit Sichuan to invest $11.6b to restore tourism2008-08-20
Quake-hit Sichuan province will invest about 80 billion yuan ($11.6 billion) to restore its tourism industry, the province's top tourism official said on Tuesday.

Sichuan mulls tourist zone along quake fault line2008-08-21
Southwest China's Sichuan province might build a massive experimental tourist zone along the fault line that runs through Wenchuan, the epicenter of the May 12 quake.

Sichuan beckons tourists with pledge of safety2008-07-14
Tourists can now travel safely to Sichuan's scenic spots, except those in the 30 counties seriously damaged by the May 12 earthquake.

Tibet to reopen to foreign tourists soon2008-06-21
Tibet will reopen to foreign tourists soon, Palma Trily, executive vice chairman of Tibet, told a press conference in Lhasa on Friday.

Sichuan to restore tourism2008-06-16
EU Ambassador to China Serge Abou (front, holding umbrella) joins one of the first groups of tourists visit Dujiangyan project, the world's oldest irrigation project, as Sichuan reopened 12 cities and one prefecture to tourists on Saturday to revive its once-booming tourism industry. [China Daily]

Tibet's tourism magnified by Qinghai-Tibet railway2008-03-25
The tourism development in China's Tibet Autonomous Region has been growing faster than what officials expected, said a veteran Tibetan official.

Sichuan no longer the road not taken2008-03-07
Over the next few years, Sichuan will establish itself as a major transportation hub in western China as well as a financial center for the nation's hinterland, Sichuan Governor Jiang Jufeng said Thursday.

Desert road opens to traffic2007-11-02
A second road across the country's largest desert opened to traffic yesterday, boosting connections to the landlocked regions of the country's northwest.

West China province tries to balance tourism and ecology2007-07-11
Should our province give priority to tourism, or to preserving the environment? That is the dilemma facing Qinghai, an under-developed province in west China, ever since the Qinghai-Tibet highland railway became operational in July 2006.

Hong Kong citizens anxious for China Tibetan Culture Week2005-07-19
About 90 percent of the tickets for a large-sized Tibetan song and dancing performance have been sold out by Thursday, about one week before the premiere, according to the preparation committee of China Tibetan Cultural Week in Hong Kong.

Transport facilities shorten travel time in Tibet2005-05-24
Five decades ago. it took Losong almost 15 days to walk 500 km on the mountain roads from his hometown, Banbar, to his work in Qamdao.

Acid rain damages statue2005-04-19
CHENGDU: The world's largest sitting Buddha is being destroyed by acid rain. The Leshan Giant Buddha in Leshan, Southwest China's Sichuan, is 1,204 years old and was only given a facelift in 2001.

China invests in protection of Silk Road cultural relics2005-03-28
China will invest 420 million yuan (about 50 million US dollars) in the next five years in protecting key cultural relics along the world famous Silk Road in the northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Large Tibetan religious site discovered in Sichuan2005-02-24
The discovery of a large Tibetan religious site in Shiqu County in southwest China's Sichuan Province was announced recently.

Track-laying completed on half of Qinghai-Tibet railway2004-10-21
Track-laying had been completed on 645 kilometers of the Qinghai-Tibet railway by October 18, accounting for 56 percent of the total length of the railway, sources with the railway construction headquarters announced on Tuesday.

Cooperation declaration inked for tourism development of "Shangri- la"2004-10-15
Three southwest Chinese regions have vowed to go beyond the restrictions caused by administrative demarcation and work together in turning "Shangri-la" into a world- class tourist destination.

Garze Tibetan Prefecture of Sichuan plans first airport2004-10-12
China's second Tibetan-dominated area plans to build its first airport in a bid to improve its link with other part of the country and overseas.

Environment guardians at each step of Tibet rail link2004-09-27
Construction of the world's highest railway line has posed unique and challenging problems.

Tibet holds beauty pageant for tourist promotion2004-08-04
The tourism administration of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region has launched a two-month-long pageant to select Tibetan beauties to serve as image ambassadors for tourism promotion.

Brothers to preserve Tibetan epic King Gesser on stone2004-05-27
Two brothers are planning to preserve the legend of King Gesser, the Tibetan hero whose story has been passed down by oral telling generation after generation, by inscribing some classic chapters on stone.

Bus line between China, Tajikistan to begin operation next month2004-05-24
Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has signed a contract with neighboring Tajikistan to open the first cross-border bus line beginning in June to meet the increasing frequent exchanges between both sides.

Afforestation to check shrinking of Tianchi Lake in Xinjiang2004-05-09
More than 100 people went to the areas near Tianchi Lakein northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region during the May Day holidays to plant trees.

Young Tibetan begins bike trip to support Olympic Games2004-05-08
A 37-year-old Tibetan began in Lhasa of Tibet Autonomous region on May 1 a planned 5,000 kilometers solo bike trip to Beijing to support the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. If Pubu Ciren, a driver of the local traffic industrial company, succeeds, he will be the first Tibetan to achieve such a feat.

New airport being built in Xinjiang2004-04-28
Construction of a new airport started Sunday in Xinyuan County of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

NW China region to open tourism for overseas investors2004-04-20
Overseas businesses are welcome to invest in tourism in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, according to a local updated regulation on tourism administration due to take effect on May 1.

China to work for inclusion of Tibetan opera on world heritage list2004-04-14
The government of China's Tibet Autonomous Region will file an application for the inclusion of Tibetan opera on the list of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Cultural industry proposed for China's West Development2004-04-13
China can pin part of its hopes for the economic progress of its underdeveloped west on the development of its cultural industry, as some culture officials and industry leaders have proposed.

Relics of ancient Warring States period discovered in SW China2004-04-13
A number of cultural relics dating to ancient China's Warring States period (475 B.C. to 221 B. C.) have been discovered in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality.

The Tongtian River, a mythical tributary 2004-04-09
A Kham proverb goes:
"She is a magic river, who snakes through the stars, winds around the moon, passes by the expansive and sacred hills, waterways and pastures and comes down, with the sun rays, to the earth.

Tibet collects Tibetan name for first Manchurian tiger2004-04-08
Norbu Lingka Zoo in the Tibet Autonomous Region is collecting public opinion on giving a Tibetan name to the first Manchurian tiger in the region.

Minjiang ruins yield astounding FINDS2004-04-02
Maoxian County lies midway between Chengdu, the capital of Southwest China's Sichuan Province, and Jiuzhaigou, a scenic spot on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's World Heritage List, also in Sichuan.
Although an obscure dot on the tourist map, the small county has become a haven for local archaeologists.

Rare tombs of Tang Dynasty unearthed in SW China2004-03-29
Chinese archeologists have unearthed two skeletons and over 1,000 ancient coins from five tombs of the Tang Dynasty (618-907) in Sichuan Province, southwest China.

Project to protect giant Buddha statue kicked off in SW China2004-03-22
The rebuilding of a river embankment to protect the world's tallest Buddha statue began this month in southwest China's Sichuan Province, according to officials with the local management.

Houses-more than just places to live2004-03-18
LHASA: Dongba is a rural township tucked away in the remote mountainous Nujiang River valley in Qamdo Prefecture in the eastern part of the Tibet Autonomous Region.

Tibetan farmers form tourist group for Nepal2004-03-15
A group of 18 Tibetan farmers from the Shannan Prefecture of Southwest China's Tibetan Autonomous Region began their tour for Nepal on March 13, the first time Tibetan farmers had joined a touring party going abroad paying their own expenses.

Xinjiang welcomes researchers2004-03-12
The Xinjiang Cultural Heritage Administration and research institutions in the region welcome international co-operation in the research and protection of archaeological cultural heritage sites unearthed since 1949.

Uygur folk dance basis for new exercise routine 2004-02-28
Winter is the season of leisure for farmers in southern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of Northwest China.

Thousands of Tibetans make New Year pilgrimage to noted monastery2004-02-17
More than 30,000 Tibetan Buddhists formed a 1,000-meter line outside the Sera Monastery here Tuesday to take part in a Buddhist pilgrimage ritual three days before the Tibetan New Year's Day.

Shangri-la looks to tourism for reviving paradise 2004-02-13
The tiny yellow flower is so seductive in bloom. The beauty, however, is a scourge in disguise. When the plant turns fiery red, Shangri-la, a tourist attraction in Southwest China's Yunnan Province, harvests a nightmare.

Changes underway to life of nuns in modern Tibet 2004-02-07
The Canggu nunnery in Lhasa, capital of west China's Tibet Autonomous Region, is still full of life with fresh flowers flourishing and the fragrance of flowers mixingwith that of the Tibetan incense although it's early spring on theQinghai-Tibet Plateau.

Tibet sees rise in Spring Festival tourists2004-02-03
Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, known as the "Roof of the World", had 27,590 tourist arrivals during the Spring Festival holiday week that ended last Thursday.

Tibetans warm up for celebrations 2004-01-30
The intoxicating holidays of the Han Chinese Lunar Spring Festival are almost over. To most Tibetans living in the country, however, this festival can only be considered as a warm-up. As the Tibetan Lunar New Year falls on February 21 this year, the real week of merriment and revelry is just arriving.

Tibet expects more tourists this year2004-01-16
Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region expects to host 1.21 million tourists this year, up 30 percent from last year.

China endeavors to save Tibetan folklore2003-12-20
The Tibetan edition of a three- volume Tibetan folklore composed of folk stories, folk songs and proverbs will be issued following the publication of the Chinese edition last October.

China endeavors to save Tibetan epic King Gesser2003-12-14
China is working to preserve the Tibetan folk story, King Gesser, an epic legend that has been handed down through generations of oral history.

China invests over 72 million US dollars for preservation of Tibetan cultural relics2003-12-14
The on-going maintenance projects for the Potala Palace, the Norpu Lingka Palace and the Sakya Monastery, three major historical sites in the Tibet Autonomous Region, have cost 333.3 million yuan (about 40.16 million US dollars).

Tibet hosts more tourists2003-12-13
Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, dubbed "the roof of the world," hosted 915,945 tourists in the first 11 months of this year, up 8.3 percent over the same period of last year.

Kicking around on the roof of the world 2003-12-08
LHASA: Lamas in Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region are trying to make their tranquil routine lives a little more well-rounded, with a football.

China to build earthquake museum in Qinghai2003-12-03
A museum preserving ruins and providing information about a major earthquake in the area will be set up in Golmud, a vital city in the western part of Qinghai Province in northwest China.

Ancient Tibetan dynasty site to be set forth as World Heritage Site2003-12-02
An ancient Tibetan castle encircled by a unique landscape of "earth forest" will compete for the title of World Heritage Site with state approval, according to local officials in Ari prefecture of the Tibet Autonomous Region.

Movie projection service begins at Tibetan lamaseries2003-12-02
Lamas in China's Tibet Autonomous Region can enjoy movies without bothering to go to cinema now as a movie projection team has been set up to the service of lamaseries.

Unknown valleys discovered in NW China2003-11-26
Nearly 100 previously unknown valleys were discovered in northwest China's Gansu province recently by tourism officials during an investigation of local tourism resources.

Tibetan culture week scheduled 2003-11-26
The "2003 China Tibetan Culture Week" will be held in Thailand from December 4 to 18, the State Council Information Office announced yesterday.

Xinjiang building second safari park2003-11-22
Visitors to Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in northwest China will have another option of attraction as the region has begun construction of its second safari park.

Tibet hosts more tourists2003-11-17
China's Tibet Autonomous Region, dubbed the "roof of the world", played host to 898,000 tourists in the first 10 months of the year, up 6.8 percent from the same period last year.

Potala Palace being whitewashed for festive season2003-11-08
Potala Palace, the residence of Dalai Lamas since the seventh century, is being whitewashed for God- Descending Day which falls on November 20.

Wetland re-emerges in China's second largest desert2003-10-20
After half a century of drought, an area of wetland has re-emerged in Gurbantunggut Desert, China's second largest desert, in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, northwest China.

Increasing tourists flock to Tibet 2003-10-20
The Tibet Autonomous Region in Southwest China has reported a marked increase in visitors over recent months, the latest statistics have shown.

Xinjiang promotes Silk Road tourism2003-08-27
China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region receives over 100 million tourists annually from home and abroad, promoting the Silk Road as a tourist attraction.

Tourist entry restriction protects Potala Palace 2003-08-15
LHASA: The Potala Palace, a tourist destination in the capital of Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, will now receive fewer visitors in order to protect one of the greatest Tibetan artistic and architectural achievements.

Sino-foreign joint venture purchases Tibetan enterprise2003-07-28
A tourism company has become the first ever Tibetan enterprise to be take over by a Sino-foreign joint venture.

West China Expo to be held in Sept. 2003-07-09
The West China Expo, an international exposition for promoting economic development and international cooperation in Sichuan Province, southwest China, is due to be held in the provincial capital, Chengdu, from September 25-29.

Ancient city to grow quickly2003-07-09
XI'AN: The ancient Chinese capital of Xi'an in Northwest China is set to increase its gross domestic product (GDP) by at least 13 per cent a year between now and 2006, predicted a top local official.

Chendu to host 4th Western China Int'l Expo in September 2003-06-24
Chengdu, capital of Southwest China's Sichuan Province, will host the 4th Western China International Exposition from September 25 to 28, announced Sichuan deputy governor Huang Xiaoxiang on June 23.

Yunan Lijiang renamed to strengthen tourism 2003-06-08
Lijiang Prefecture, a popular tourist spot in southwest China's Yunnan Province, changed its name to Lijiang City on June 8, with the approval of the State Council, China's cabinet.

Three Gorges project can withstand devastating floods - experts2003-06-07
The civil engineers responsible for the construction of the Three Gorges Water Control Project said here Saturday that the massive project is capable of operating in extremely severe flood situations.

Tibet braces for peak tourist season in May 2003-04-09
The Tibet Autonomous Regional Tourism Bureau has been offering Shanghai residents a carefully- designed tour package to attract more tourists to the remote southwest Chinese plateau during the upcoming peak tourist season beginning on May 1.

Tibet to strengthen tourist industry 2003-04-07
Tourism is becoming one of the mainstays of the economy in the Tibet Autonomous Region in western China, as the region strives to boost growth.

Shanghai to send first six tourist guides to Tibet 2003-04-03
Shanghai has announced plans to send six international tourist guides to work in Tibet for six months.

Tourism helps increase income for Tibetans 2003-03-27
As much as 18 million yuan (2.17 million US dollars) was added to the income of farmers and herdsmen in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region in 2002.

Guilin draws record number of overseas tourists 2003-01-16
The number of visits by overseas tourists to Guilin, a scenic city in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, hit a record 432,000 last year, according localstatistics.

Tibet attracts more inland China tourists 2002-11-21
More and more tourists from inland China traveled to Tibet Autonomous Region this year, bringing a soaring tourism income to the region.

Yunnan proposes establishment of Lancang-Mekong tourism zone2002-11-06
The government of southwest China's Yunnan Province has proposed the creation of a tourism zone along the Lancang-Mekong rivers in collaboration with Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

Xinjiang to build nine main tourism areas2002-09-27
During the 10th Five-Year Plan (2001-05) period, the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region will invest a huge amount of money to build nine large tourism areas according to the latest Beijing Review.

China will construct "Shangri-la Ecology Tour District"2002-09-11
Officials of Tour Bureau of Sichuan, Yunnan and Tibet said recently in Shanhai international tour transaction meeting China will carry out the tour brand "China Shangri-la ecology tour district".

CAS Plans to establish Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Research Institute2002-09-02
The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) is planning to establish a research institute to study the ecological and geological evolution of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, the Beijing-based newspaper Science Times reported Friday.

Tourism in Tibet reaches record high2002-08-27
A record number of 490,000 tourists visited southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region during the firstseven months of this year, according to local tourism officials.

Guilin to host Boao Forum for Asia tourism conference2002-08-13
The Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Tourism Conference is to be held from Nov. 10 to 13 this year in Guilin, a well-known scenic city in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

European Parliament official calls on Tibet to develop tourism2002-07-15
A senior official with the European Parliament said that tourism should be given priority in boosting the economic development of China's Tibet Autonomous Region.

European Parliament Official Calls on Tibet to Develop Tourism 2002-07-15
A senior official with the European Parliament said that tourism should be given priority in boosting the economic development of China's Tibet Autonomous Region.

Ambassadors to China Visit Tibet 2002-07-05
Legqog, chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Region, met with Dato' Abdul Majid Bin Ahmad Khan, the Malaysian ambassador to China, Chin Siat Yoon, the Singaporean ambassador to China and five other foreign diplomats in Lhasa Friday.

China to Develop Tourist Resort on Qinghai-Tibet Plateau 2002-06-10
Golmud City in Qinghai Province, northwest China, is planning a tourist resort on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, Mayor Zhong Zhenliang said Monday.

Lhasa residents easy to travel outside during May Day Holiday 2002-04-30
Residents in Lhasa, regional capital of Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, are now easy to move about and visit scenic spots during the May Day Holiday due to detailed preparation for the week-long holiday, which starts on May 1.

Three Gorges tour needs no hurry: tourism official 2002-04-03
The world's largest dam now being built on the Yangtze River will not destroy the charm of the Three Gorges and no one needs to plan a "farewell tour" in a hurry, a tourism official said Monday.

Future airport connects Southwest China tourist areas 2002-03-25
Construction of a new airport in southwest China's Sichuan Province is underway. The Airport will link two of China's most popular tourist areas, Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong and will also connect the Songpan Grassland with Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province.

Mongol Genealogy may unveil mysteries about Genghis Khan2001-10-15
Studies of a Mongol genealogy may help unveil some mysteries in Chinese history, such as the whereabouts of the remains of Genghis Khan (1167-1227), the great Mongol emperor whose grandson founded the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), and the fate of his descendants.

Panda's hometown lures tourists, investors with wonders 2001-08-23
When the delightful Giant Panda was discovered by a Frenchman in Ya'an, Sichuan Province, in 1869, it was difficult for outsiders to get to the area closed by high mountains and torrential rivers. It remained so till 1999, when a standard highway was built to link the town with Chengdu, the provincial capital.

Wetland resources in Yunnan well protected 2001-08-20
A recently released survey shows that the wetland resources in southwest China's Yunnan Province have been well protected in the past two decades.

Famous Chinese scenic city hosts more tourists2001-08-06
Guilin, one of China's most famous tourism destinations, hosted 4.82 million domestic and overseas tourists in the first six months of the year, up 7.6 percent from the same period last year.

Inner Mongolia has more nature reserves 2001-07-09
North China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region has stepped up its efforts to improve the local environment in recent years.

Inland province invests heavily in tourism 2001-07-03
The inland province of Gansu, northwest China, will pour 50 million yuan (US$6.024 million) annually into the construction of infrastructure facilities serving tourism in the coming five years, local sources said.

Huge investment to flow into Qinghai's tourism industry2001-06-29
Investors from other parts of China's mainland, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and abroad have agreed here to pour more than 800 million yuan to develop the unique tourism resources in northeast China's Qinghai Province.

Ninth China Tourism Fair ends in Chengdu 2001-06-26
The ninth China Tourism Fair closed in this capital city of southwest China's Sichuan Province Sunday, concluding 30,000 letters of intents with a transaction value of about 560 million yuan

China's Pompeii discovered in Yunnan 2001-06-15
Yunnan provincial officials have disclosed for the first time the existence of a Chinese Pompeii. They report there is a large group of ancient buildings that resemble a city at the bottom of Fuxianhu Lake, according to the latest Beijing Review.

HK, Xinjiang sign contract boosting tourism cooperation 2001-05-30
The Hong Kong Tourist Development Bureau and the Tourist Administration of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region signed a contract in Urumqi Monday with an aim to promote tourist cooperation in the long run.

Yunnan starts first cross-border holiday train2001-05-08
The Kunming Railway Administration opened a special train to Hanoi, capital of Viet Nam, during the week-long May Day holiday period for tourists to and from Viet Nam.

Guilin hosts more visitors 2001-05-08
Guilin, one of China's most popular scenic cities, hosted more than 1.88 million tourists in the first three months of this year.

Gulin to host tourism festival 2001-04-11
Guilin, one of China's most popular tourism destinations, will host a tourism festival featuring its outlandish karststone formations, limpid water and unique customs from April 15 to 20.

Largest salk lake in Xinjiang shrinks 2001-04-09
Owing to sandstorms and rapid population growth, the surface of Ebinur Lake, the largest salt lake in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, has shrunk to 530 square kilometers in the past five decades.

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