Tibetan district targets rural tourism to benefit villagers

Publish Time: 2019-07-09 Author: Palden Nyima and Daqiong in Lhasa, Tibet From: chinadaily.com.cn

Tourists look at ethnic products in the Drayerpa Tourism Service Center on July 8. [Photo by Palden Nyima/for chinadaily.com.cn]

Dagze district in Southwest China's Tibet autonomous region plans to benefit more rural villagers by promoting tourism in the village, with the district's Drayerpa Tourism Service Center a thriving example of the plan, according to the tourism development bureau of the region's capital city Lhasa.

The Drakyerpa Tourism Service Center, located in the district's Yerba village of Bangdui township, sits at a key scenic site among Lhasa's northern tourism spots. After completing its new tourism projects, the site is expected to provide over 100 jobs for local villagers, according to the center.

With a planned investment of 303 million yuan (45 million USD) from poverty alleviation funds of the local government and the aid-Tibet funds, the future tourism projects of the center include a plateau barley technology museum, a Tibetan village, a hostel and a multifunctional tourist service center.

Sonam Tsering, a bronze Buddha sculptor, works on a piece at his home in Tibet's Dagze district. [Photo by Palden Nyima/for chinadaily.com.cn]

The tourism center features the Drakyerba Monastery, a Tibetan Nyingma School monastery built in the seventh century, which is both a key pilgrimage site for Buddhists and a tourist attraction.

Chungkyi, an official from the Lhasa tourism development bureau, said the Drakyerpa scenic site, enriched with profound Tibetan history and culture, receives heavy investment from all levels of government.

"China has been promoting a village prosperity strategy in recent years, and the development plan of the village tourism center coincides with the state's overall plan. We hope more remote villagers will also benefit from tourism as early as possible," said Chungkyi.

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