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Graphics: Xizang undergoes rapid development in cultural protection and tourism


Southwest China's Xizang Autonomous Region is on a journey of continuous development, progress and prosperity. Let's delve into the numbers and explore its rapid development in the fields of cultural protection and tourism.

Graphics: Xizang undergoes rapid development in cultural protection and tourism

According to local authorities, the tourism industry in Xizang experienced remarkable growth in 2023 as revenue and tourist numbers both reached new heights. Xizang's tourism industry generated 65 billion yuan ($9 bilion) in revenue in 2023, rising 83.7 percent year on year. The number of tourists visiting the autonomous region surpassed 55 million, an increase of 59.7 percent year on year. The tourism industry's contribution to the region's GDP exceeded 27 percent.

With a rich historical background, the traditional culture of Xizang has also garnered widespread attention and protection. From 2012 to 2022, the central government and the Xizang local government earmarked over 325 million yuan for protecting intangible cultural heritage (ICH) items on the national representative list in Xizang, recording the knowledge and skills of the bearers of ICH items on the national list, training ICH practitioners, and building facilities for ICH protection and utilization, according to the White Paper "CPC Policies on the Governance of Xizang in the New Era: Approach and Achievements."

As of 2023, a total of 173 intangible cultural heritage workshops have been built, offering opportunities for thousands of people who have been lifted out of poverty to work at or close to their homes. The added value of cultural and related industries in Xizang reached 8.99 billion yuan in Xizang.

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