16 Jul '11, 12pm

Beijing curbs China tourism to Tibet: travel agents - Straits Times

BEIJING - CHINA is restricting the number of its citizens allowed to travel to Tibet as Beijing celebrates the 60th anniversary of the region's 'peaceful liberation', travel agencies told AFP on Saturday. The agencies also confirmed that the troubled area had been closed to foreign tourists from June and the ban would last until the end of July. 'Half as many plane and train tickets have been sold' as the usual number, the Tibet General Travel Agency told AFP. 'It's hard to buy tickets' for Tibet, an employee from another agency, Qinghe Tibet, said. He added that 'security was tightened on the roads leading to the 'Roof of the World', especially on the highway between Qinghai Province and Tibet' while checkpoints had multiplied inside the Tibet Autonomous Region. 'The sale of tickets has been limited,' an official from China Travel Tibet added. The three agencies confirmed...

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