Sunday, January 06, 2008

Tourism: Tibetan authorities to restore "revolutionary" tourist attractions

Authorities in Tibet are to begin work restoring former residences and office buildings of some of the first Communist Party members to be sent to Tibet in the early 1950s. The buildings have become "revolutionary" tourist attractions. Apparently such buildings have grown in popularity as more people seek to experience life in revolutionary times.

The sites on the first list include the "General's Building", the temporary residence of Zhang Guohua, the army commander of the No.18 Troop of the People's Liberation Army. It was built in Bomi County, in Nyingchi Prefecture, as the military marched on Lhasa in 1951. Also on the list is the headquarters of the No. 18Troop, the first PLA regiment to enter Tibet.