China to turn Tibet into world's top tourist destination: report
Phayul [Tuesday, May 18, 2010 12:02]
Dharamsala, May 18: Chinese communist authorities have reportedly drawn ambitious plans to turn Tibet into world's top tourist destination thereby amassing total tourism revenue to the tune of 20 billion yuan (2.9 billion dollars) in the next ten years, according to media reports.
According to the roadmap, by the end of 2020, the number of annual visits to Tibet should reach 20 million and tourism revenue should reach 20 billion Yuan, making Tibet a world class tourism destination, PTI reported, citing China's state media as saying.
What most tourists these days do not realiza is that nearly all the 'beautiful old' monasteries they see had to be re-built after the Cultural Revolution razed virtually all of the them to the ground.
They also often do not realize that the Chinese force the monks to charge money to visit or photograph their monasteries, as if they are musea...
The monks are allowed to recite prayers - but only because the tourists like this.
Behind the scenes monks are often forced to study Chinese propaganda, and actual Buddhist teachings are discouraged.
Things are not always what they seem - most certainly in China these days...
Love & clear light,