07 Mar '11, 7pm

#Tibet closed to foreigners in March #China

#Tibet closed to foreigners in March #China

Trips to have been ordered not to receive foreign visitors around the March 14 anniversary of a bloody anti-government riot in 2008. -- ST PHOTO: SIM CHI YIN BEIJING - CHINESE travel agents organising trips to Tibet said on Monday they have been ordered not to receive foreign visitors around the March 14 anniversary of a bloody anti-government riot in 2008. Beijing Youth Travel Service salesman Li Jianyue said the order was conveyed verbally, as is often the case with official directives that the government does not wish to defend or explain. 'A few days ago, they told us not to organise the foreign groups this month,' Ms Li said. Liu Qiang, a sales manager at Kangqu International Travel Agent in Tibet's capital, Lhasa, said his company was notified of the measure in January. Hotel receptionists reached by phone in Lhasa on Monday also said foreigners were barred from the ...

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