A plateau region north-east of the Himalayas, Tibet was incorporated by China in 1950 and currently an autonomous region within China. The conflict between many Tibetans and Chinese government has been nonstop as many demand religious freedom and more human rights. In March, 2008, a series of protests turned into riots in different regions across Tibet. Rioters attacked Han ethnic inhabitants and burned their businesses, resulting dozens of death.
China tourism nets record
CHINA'S tourism earnings hit a record US$3.6 billion last year, dubbed ''Visit China'' year, and part of a new campaign this year will include more activities in Tibet, reports said yesterday.
This is the first time the industry's earnings, which surged 26.5 per cent, have surpassed the $3 billion mark.
The number of foreign tourists totalled 37 million, up 11 per cent from a year earlier, State Tourism Administration director, Mr Liu Yi said.
He announced that China would this year boost tourism activities in its mountain and water resort areas, including Tibet, which recently started to allow travellers back in greater numbers after clamping down in 1989.
Travel to the Himalayan region, known as ''The Roof of the World,'' had been tightly restricted after the ethnic riots that year.