The Lhasa city government is reporting that Tibet received 100,000 visitors last month, after visitor arrivals plummeted to zero in April in the wake of fatal clashes in March between ethnic groups and the Chinese government. The Tibet Autonomous Region was officially opened to Chinese tourists on April 23 and to foreigners with permits on June 24. Tibet welcomed 75,000 visitors in April. This is a far cry from 2007, when 1 million tourists visited the country during the first half of the year.
by Mark Rogers