Lhasa Prefecture

Talking points

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How happy is Hong Kong? Survey to say

Tuesday, 2 August, 2011, 12:00am

Graham Earnshaw

PAPER BOY I began as a junior reporter at the South China Morning Post. I started learning Cantonese from the first day. I was fascinated by Chinese writing and used my reading ability to compete with the local reporters. I was born in England. My parents emigrated to Australia when I was 12.

16 May 2010 - 12:00am

China's Great Train

China's Great Train

by Abrahm Lustgarten

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7 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Police tighten control of Lhasa monasteries before anniversary

Police in Lhasa have tightened control of two prominent monasteries in the city a week ahead of the sensitive anniversary marking the failed Tibetan uprising against communist rule 50 years ago.

5 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Tibet to reopen for tour groups

Tibet will be open to tour groups from Hong Kong and Taiwan from Thursday for the first time since the deadly unrest in Lhasa last month, Xinhua said yesterday.

Lhasa tour guide Zhu Feng said Tibet's tourism authorities had called an urgent meeting of travel agency heads in Lhasa on Tuesday night to brief them about the changes.

26 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

HK print, TV journalists ejected from Lhasa hotel after night raid

It took me a day to travel from Hong Kong to Lhasa - but my departure from the trouble-torn city was much more swift and sudden.

When I checked in at Chengdu airport on Saturday morning, a flight attendant kindly reminded me that it might not be safe.

She said a riot had broken out and people had been killed. It was dangerous. 'Please don't go,' she said.

18 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Visitor stops crowd beating up trio

A Canadian visitor was walking on Beijing Road in Lhasa on Friday afternoon when he saw a crowd of Tibetans beating a young Han Chinese man and two women.

At first he watched, stunned, as the crowd, armed with sticks and metal clubs, beat the man, aged about 20, until he fell to the ground unconscious.

16 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Stuck at home and in the dark

Power blackout, news vacuum stoke unease in the aftermath of protests

Lhasa residents were yesterday waiting patiently for the crisis to die down as some struggled to cope with life without electricity, few news updates and a dwindling food supply.

16 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Sichuan-Tibet road ruled out by official

Tibet has no plans to build a highway linking Chengdu in Sichuan province with Lhasa , a regional government finance official has said.

Xinhua quoted the official as saying it would be impossible to build a highway in Tibet now, although he could not confirm if Sichuan had such a plan.

21 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Tracking the numbers:

US$4.2 billion - cost of rail construction

US$192.5 million - amount spent on environmental protection

400, 000 - expected number of annual tourists to Lhasa by rail

38 out of 45 - number of unmanned stations due to lack of oxygen

550km - amount of track that runs over frozen earth

US$751 - train driver's monthly salary

6 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Party time as 'sky train' heads for the roof of the world

A festive mood prevailed on board the inaugural train between Beijing and the Tibetan capital, Lhasa , on the day the Communist Party marked the 85th anniversary of its founding.

2 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Hop, skip and a jump

Otherworldly may be the best way to describe Tibet. It sits atop the world's highest plateau; its landscapes range from dense jungle to Mount Everest's frozen slopes and its Buddhist temples contain a bewildering pantheon of saints and demons.

7 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Five HK tourists hurt in Tibet

Five Hong Kong tourists were injured when their bus rammed into a hill during a sightseeing trip in Tibet yesterday.

The five, all women aged between 40 and 50, suffered fractures and were admitted to a hospital in Lhasa in stable condition.

16 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Economics with Tibetan characteristics

According to Nyma Tsering, a senior monk, Buddhism has 84,000 doors. 'We don't accept one standard or one value imposed on others,' he said. 'Globalisation promotes one, but there are many paths. Follow your own. Don't worry about others.'

20 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Tibetans not benefiting

I refer to the report from Reuters which appeared in the South China Morning Post on July 5, on the stock market activities that are booming in the Tibetan capital Lhasa.

However, to conclude, as the Reuters report does, that the local Tibetan population maintains this stock market, or that the exchange is, in any way, directly benefiting the local economy, was a little hasty.

15 Jul 1999 - 12:00am