'China's Switzerland' sees big tourism push

Publish Time: 2019-10-22 Author: Palden Nyima and Daqiong in Lhasa, Tibet From: chinadaily.com.cn

Surrounded by thick forests and millennia-old snow-capped peaks, Lunang town in Nyingchi city, dubbed "China's Switzerland", is attracting more tourists thanks to its efforts to build an international tourism destination.

Lunang is some 400 kilometers from Lhasa, capital city of Southwest China's Tibet autonomous region.

Located at an average altitude of 3,700 meters alongside national highway G318, Lunang is enriched with biological diversity, agreeable weather, unique ethnic cultures and beautiful landscapes. The Mount Namchak Barwa is not far from there.

A morning view of the Lunang International Tourism Town after a snowfall in autumn in Tibet’s Nyingchi city. [Photo by Palden Nyima/chinadaily.com.cn]

In the past, only a few local villagers operated family inns in the village and sold local products to tourists, and there were not many tourists in the town.

Starting from 2011 more than 300,000 yuan ($42,389) has been invested in tourism infrastructure construction as a Tibet aid project, going toward projects including water supply, sewage disposal and trash recycling, all part of the effort to turn the town into an international tourism area.

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