Monday, March 30, 2009

China to Open Tibet to Foreign Tourists After Riot Anniversary

March 30 (Bloomberg) -- China will open Tibet to foreign tourists on April 5 after closing the region this month for the 50th anniversary of an uprising against Chinese rule.

Foreign tourists were banned in March for their own safety, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported, citing Bachug, head of the Tibet Autonomous Region’s tourism administration. “Tibet is harmonious and safe now,” he said.

More than 100 foreign tourist groups have applied to visit Tibet, Xinhua cited Bachug, who uses only one name, as saying.

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