tirsdag 26. oktober 2021

Chinese tourists crowd Tibet’s Lhasa amid COVID surge in Chinese provinces

Tourists from China are pouring into Tibet’s capital Lhasa in large numbers despite a surge in COVID-19 cases in Chinese provinces that has seen authorities ban tourism in areas outside Tibet, sources in the region say. A spike last week in COVID cases in 11 Chinese provinces has led China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism to announce tightened restrictions on travel into worst-hit areas, with tourism entirely suspended in some locations, government sources said.

Tibet’s regional capital Lhasa is still left open to tourism, however, sources in the city told RFA in recent interviews. “There is a huge number of Chinese tourists at the moment in Lhasa,” one source said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “The Barkhor [old town] area is especially full of Chinese tourists, who are taking pictures everywhere. It’s frightening to see such large crowds here when the pandemic hasn’t ended yet,” he said.