Travelling in China is set to be even easier in the future due to the development of a new airport.
The site at Tibet’s Nagqu county will be the highest aviation facility on the planet, as it will sit at an altitude of 14,219 feet above sea level, according to the Xinhua news agency.
Work on the airport will begin in 2012 and it is expected to improve the transport links to the region. Tibet already has five civilian airports, but the extreme and often spectacular weather conditions in the area mean some are only open for a few months of the year, sometimes preventing those on a China tour from seeing the many treasures of Tibet.
According to the China Tibet Tourism Bureau, the destination has a rich history which predates the rule of Songtsan Gampo and the earliest capital city of Tubo.
These days there are many attractions in Tibet for those on a China tour to enjoy.
Visitors can take part in the Festival of Tibet, the Shoton celebrations or the Woman’s Day events, or, alternatively, discover the artistic and cultural influences of Buddhism in the area.
Other transport links in to and out of the region are also earmarked for improvement. The Chinese government is investing in new roads and rail infrastructure to promote tourism and improve living standards in the area.
The construction of the new airport is part of a new approach to tourism in China. In recent months the country’s authorities have embarked on a multibillion dollar initiative to improve the transport links at some of the nation’s many popular landmarks.
As well as the plans to build new airports, many older ones have been targeted for redevelopment and it is hoped that this will allow some of the more remote regions in the county to be more accessible to those on a holiday to China.