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China bans foreign tourists from Tibet

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 15:42

Beijing: China has banned foreign tourists from travelling to Tibet ahead of a parade in the capital to mark 60 years of Communist rule, an official said Tuesday, amid stepped-up security across the country to ensure nothing mars the celebrations.

Tan Lin, an official with the business administration office at the Tourism Bureau of Tibet, said foreign tourists would be banned from today onwards, but those who have already arrived would be allowed to stay.

China has tightened security in recent weeks ahead of the Oct 1 holiday that will see a military parade through the heart of Beijing, a speech by President Hu Jintao and a huge
fireworks display.
Sales of knives have been banned at some stores including large retailers such as Wal-Mart and Carrefour after two separate knife attacks near Tiananmen Square last week,
according to store officials and state media.

A female staffer who gave her last name Lazhen at the sales department of the International Grand Hotel in Lhasa, 4,023 kilometres from Beijing, said the ban was in effect until Oct 8.

No foreigners came to her hotel yesterday and business has now down 20 to 30 per cent, she said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 15:42
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