Tibet Autonomous Region

Founder of Tibet’s Communist Party makes a final plea for Dalai Lama’s return

Phunwang seen with Mao Zedong and the young Dalai Lama in Beijing in 1955. Photo courtesy of Bao Pu

The founder of Tibet’s Communist Party has pleaded with the Chinese central government to allow the return of Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, to his homeland in an autobiography soon to be published in Hong Kong.

Friday, 7 March, 2014, 9:48pm 3 comments

Sichuan police arrest two Tibetans for inciting self-immolations

Exiled Tibetans participate in a candlelit vigil to show solidarity with self-immolators in Tibet in Dharmsala, India, on November 28. Photo: AP

Police have detained a Tibetan monk and his nephew in southwestern China for inciting eight people to set themselves on fire in anti-Chinese protests, the official Xinhua news agency said on Sunday.

9 Dec 2012 - 5:45pm

Students in Tibet to receive schooling on 'national territory awareness'

Students from a Lhasa primary school identify the different regions of China on a national map. Photo: Xinhua

Hong Kong has put national education on the backburner, but in Tibet, it is being reformed and revamped.

Local authorities in Tibet have kicked off a campaign aimed at boosting public “awareness of national territory and education”, holding a celebratory event at a Lhasa primary school, state media reported earlier this week.

24 Dec 2012 - 5:36pm 1 comment

Replaced chief moves to Hebei

Zhang Qingli, replaced three days ago as party chief of the sometimes-restive region of Tibet, was yesterday appointed to oversee the central province of Hebei, the latest in a series of reshuffles of provincial-level officials ahead of a key Communist Party congress in autumn next year.

29 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Foreign tourists to be barred from Tibet

Foreign tourists will be banned from Tibet this month, the region's top Communist Party leader has confirmed, saying it is for their safety.

8 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Authorities renew push to develop poor west

A renewed 10-year programme to develop the mainland's vast but poor western region should be more successful than the first go-west programme, launched a decade ago, because the central government is now in a much stronger position, analysts say.

8 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

In Brief

Corrupt police chief stripped of CPPCC membership

20 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Beijing pledges to keep Tibet's economy afloat with investments

The central government has vowed to keep Tibet's economy afloat by making huge state investments, Xinhua reported ahead of the Tibetan New Year today.

With the sensitive anniversary of a failed uprising against communist rule 50 years ago approaching, Beijing is eager to cushion the restive region from the impact of the present economic turmoil.

25 Feb 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

Region to reopen doors to tourists on May 1

Tibet will reopen to tourists on May 1 after a six-week lockdown triggered by the deadly riots in its capital Lhasa , the regional tourism authority said yesterday.

The once-popular destination has become deserted since violence broke out on March 14. The riots were preceded by days of peaceful demonstrations by Tibetan monks.

4 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Tibet's chief criticises mobs for violence

Blame laid on 'Dalai Lama clique'

The head of the Tibetan regional government condemned the cruelty of mobs responsible for the violence in Lhasa on Friday, as state media broadcast footage of survivors telling their horror stories in hospital.

18 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Tourists tell of Lhasa lockdown

Gunfire broke out again in parts of Lhasa overnight on Saturday, while house-to-house searches and signs of massive deployment of troops added to the climate of fear in the Tibetan capital, travellers said yesterday.

17 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Palace ticket prices adjusted

Visitors to Lhasa's Potala Palace will be charged different entry prices for peak and off-peak seasons, the China News Service reported yesterday.

The Tibet Development and Reform Commission said tourists would have to pay 200 yuan each between May and October and 100 yuan between November and April. The new charges will start on January 1.

10 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Concern over Tibet tourism boom

The number of tourists flocking to Tibet this year has exceeded its entire population, a year after the secluded region was linked to the rest of the world by railway - making it the No1 tourism destination on the mainland, and raising fears about the preservation of its unique culture and ecology.

22 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Beijing vows to invest 100b yuan in Tibet by 2010

Beijing will invest more than 100 billion yuan in Tibet by 2010 in a move described by state media as a sign of the central government's unprecedented level of support for the Himalayan region's development.

The money would be spent on 180 projects, including an extension of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway between Lhasa and Xigaze , Xinhua reported.

27 Mar 2007 - 12:00am