Weeks after opening a strategic highway to a remote county in Tibet close to the Arunachal Pradesh border, China has said it would restrict the number of tourists visiting the area to protect its fragile ecology. Officials of Medog County, the last county in Tibet to gain road access to the outside world early this month, said it would decrease the number of tourists to fewer than 15,000 annually by 2015.
The 117-kilometre highway linking Zhamog Township, the county seat of Bome County, and Medog in Nyingchi Prefecture in southeastern Tibet opened in October, putting an end to the isolation of a region once dubbed the “secret lotus”. The county located close to Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims as part of Southern Tibet.
The county government of Medog published a statement to establish a bette tourism industry as opening of the highway has attracted interest of tourists worldwide, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
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