This arctile is about the Safety issues of the Lhasa travel and Tibet travel. You can find some useful information in it if you are planning your trip to Tibet now.
In the Tibet Tourism Forum 2008, Zhang Qin Li, the governor of Xizang (Tibet) Autonomous Region, gave a speech about the importance of the travellers’ safety. He said “the Government of Tibet,China is now working very hard to make Tibet the Safest Tourism Destination in China.” ( good news for your Lhasa travel or Tibet travel, 🙂 )
Tibet is called “roof of the world” and the high altitude of Tibet makes it an adventure travel destination for people from all over the world. The oxygen density is only about 50% of the normal non-high-altitude places. The altitude sickness in Tibet is because of the lack of oxygen. The road condition in Tibet is another challange for the tourists planning their Lhasa travel or Tibet travel. Most roads here are the mountain roads and this makes the tibet travel more difficult for the travellers. Now the safety issue is becoming the biggest concern of the tourists. They gave many suggestions and comments to the Government of Tibet,China.
The Government of Tibet, China is now trying the best to improve the safety of the tourists in Tibet. They use a safety system named “4 in 1”. This means the Tibetan Safety System will include 4 sub-systems: safety education system, safety alarm system, emergency help system and travel insurance system.
Currently, the GPSes are starting to be used in the cars. They can give tourists the speeding alarms and help them to avoid the risky mountain roads. Another critical function of these GPSes is that they can dial 110 (the phone number for emergency in China) automatically when necessary.
The TTB(Tibet Tourism Bureau) is sending thousands of short messages to the tourists every day. These short messages include all kinds of useful information about the safety issues in Tibet and they can provide tourists the timely safety education and safety alarms.
Also, the TTB has increased the coverage of tourism insurance in Tibet greatly. In the most updated insurance contract, the coverage is changed from 160 thousand rmb to 300 thousand rmb ( for the severe accidents ). You can also get an extra coverage of 200 thousand rmb in some Tibetan travel agents if you want. This is a big improvement for the Travel Insurance System of Tibet. (Another good news for your Lhasa travel or Tibet travel)
Now the Tibetan traffic conditions have been improved dramatically. The Qingzang railway and the Linzhi airport are starting to run. The total number of tourists to Tibet is about 4 million in 2008. (A increase of 60% comparing with 2007) Tibet is becoming more and more attractive to the global tourists now !
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