China closed Tibet to foreign tourists

The authorities decided to isolate the autonomous region on the eve of the third anniversary of anti-government unrest in the area.
Mountain Lake in the Himalayas
Chinese authorities are afraid of popular unrest.
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Anyone who would like to visit the most beautiful region of Central Asia in the near future, take a walk through the local valleys, breathe the mountain air and meditate, will have to come to terms with the harsh reality: spiritual cleansing will have to be postponed due to political squabbles. China again closes Tibet from tourists, seeking to get out of obedience to the People's Republic.

Similar measures have already been taken by local authorities: in 2008, after anti-government demonstrations in Lhasa, foreigners were banned from entering Himalayas for a whole year. This time the Chinese decided to limit themselves to a month.

The secretary of the Tibetan branch of the Communist Party of China, Zhang Qingli, said that the authorities still face "very serious problems" in the fight against separatism in the region.

Tibet, whose head has decided to leave the Dalai Lama XIV Tenjin Gyamtsho, became part of the Middle Kingdom in the XIII century, but from time to time gained independence. In 1949, after the formation of the People's Republic of China, Beijing and Lhasa signed the Agreement on the peaceful liberation of Tibet, according to which the latter became part of China as an autonomous region.

Meanwhile, Chinese authorities are concerned about attracting tourists to Hainan Island. According to the law that came into force on January 1,shopping of foreigners in local shops and stores is encouraged to return back part of the amount spent.