Beijing: China will throw open the
Brahmaputra grand canon, regarded as the best scenic spot in
Tibetan valley, to international tourists, amid speculation
that it plans to build the world`s biggest hydro-power project
on the trans-border river.
The Tibetan autonomous government will work with local
tourist companies to further develop the tourist area into a
world-class tourist spot, a report in the official media here
said on Monday.
Interestingly, while a number of official websites
used the name Brahmaputra canyon as it is known in India and
the world, the ruling communist party organ, Peoples Daily on
its website called it the Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon the
Tibetan name by which the river Brahmaputra was always
referred to in official Chinese media.
In recent years, the government and tourism companies
of Tibet Autonomous Region have invested heavily in the
construction and development of The Yarlung Tsangpo Grand
Canyon Scenic Spot, the world`s largest canyon, the report in
the Peoples Daily said.
"It has now become one of the most attractive tourist
spots in Tibet. Tourists can see spectacular snow-capped
mountains and enjoy the fun of walking through gorges and
white-water rafting," it said.
Located in Tibet`s Linzhi (Nyingchi) area, the Canyon
is 504.6 kilometres long and ranks first in many aspects such
as length, depth, hydropower resources and biodiversity.
The Brahmaputra River passes the world`s 15th highest
peak Mt Namjagbarwa at the eastern end of the Himalayas and
forms a horseshoe shape along the mountain.
Incidentally this is was the location where Chinese
government has reportedly received proposals to build world`s
biggest dam to generate over 22000 mw of power.
The Chinese government has not reacted to the reports
published in the British media recently. The canyon has an
average depth of 5,000 meters and is only 35 meters wide at
its narrowest point.
The rapid changes in elevation and the vertical
distribution of climate have made the canyon a perfect place
for almost all types of biological communities such as those
inhabiting cold zones, temperate zones, subtropical zones and
Traveling through the canyon, hiking enthusiasts can
have a panoramic view of the magnificent scenery of the great
canyon, and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Mt Namjagbarwa and
Tsangpo Badong Waterfall," said Qi Wei, deputy general manager
of Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon Tourism Development Company.
It is estimated that the scenic spot will attract more
than 300,000 visitors in 2013, the report said.