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Tibet to Re-open to Foreign Tourism བོད་སྐད།


China says it will re-open Tibet to foreign tourists, after closing it during violent protests in March.

Chinese state media said Tuesday that Tibet Autonomous Region will be opened to outsiders on Wednesday.

The Xinhua news agency reports that two Swedish tourists will arrive in the capital, Lhasa, on Wednesday and four tourists from Singapore will arrive on Sunday.

Beijing barred all tourists from going to Tibet after a massive crackdown on violence that erupted in Lhasa on March 14, and then spread to other areas of western China with Tibetan populations.

Chinese tour groups have now been allowed back but foreign visitors are still banned.

Tibet's government-in-exile says more than 203 people died in a clampdown on riots that began four days after monks led peaceful protests in Lhasa to mark a 1959 uprising.

China has reported killing one Tibetan "insurgent" and says "rioters" were responsible for 21 deaths.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Xinhua.

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