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Tibet sees more visitors in New Year holiday

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A tourist takes photos of the ruins of the Guge Kingdom in Zanda County of Ali Prefecture, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Sept. 14, 2017. Xinhua/Zhang Rufeng

LHASA (Xinhua) – About 511,700 visits were made by tourists to southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region during the 10-day holiday of the Tibetan New Year, up 11.6 percent year on year, local authorities said yesterday.

This year’s Tibetan New Year, or Losar, fell on Feb 5 and coincided with the Spring Festival. During the holiday, the region’s tourism industry brought in around 353 million yuan ($52.2 million), a year-on-year growth of 17.7 percent, according to the regional tourism development department.

“This is my first trip to Tibet. The scenery is breathtaking, and the locals are very friendly,” said Luo Xiaohui, a visitor from south China’s Guangdong Province.

She added that she could not have found a better time to visit Tibet than the Tibetan New Year, which is normally celebrated by religious rituals, horse races, family gatherings and feasts.

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