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Qinghai's Yushu Tibetan area popular destination

Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in southwestern Qinghai Province has been becoming another popular destination for tourists in winter since the Batang Yushu Airport opened last August.

Meanwhile, the occupancy rate of flights at the airport has topped 60 percent.

 

File photo shows the seas of clouds in a valley in the Nangqian County, Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, southweste Qinghai Province. [Xinhua Photo]

Located at 4,000 m above sea level and covering an area of 198,000 sq km, Yushu is home to the source of China's three major rivers, i.e., the Yellow River, Yangtze River and Lancang River and the renowned Hoh Xil Nature Resreve.

With so many Buddhist monasteries, ancient Tibetan Buddhist legends and energetic Kham Tibetan culture, Yushu is considered the "last heaven on the earth."

To promote Yushu's winter tourism, the tourism departments of the prefecture introduced 15 travel routes for tourists to enjoy the area's ecology and superb natural scenery in winter.

 

Photo taken on July 25, 2007, shows Tibetan actresses performing at the opening ceremony of the Sanjiangyuan Horse Racing Festival held in Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, southwest Qinghai Province. (Xinhua Photo)

Photo taken on July 25, 2007, shows Tibetan actresses performing at the opening ceremony of the Sanjiangyuan Horse Racing Festival held in Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, southwest Qinghai Province. [Xinhua Photo]

"The holy and pure river source, mysterious Tang and Tubo ancient routes, wonderful songs and dances and Buddhist monasteries are the epitome of the tourism resources of Yushu," said Wang Dongmei, deputy director of the Yushu Tourism Bureau.

According to statistics, Yushu received 31,300 domestic tourists from September to November this year, up 37.6 percent over the same period last year.