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Lhasa tourism booms in 2013

Lhasa, capital of Southwest China's Tibet autonomous region, received nearly eight million tourists in 2013.

Renowned as the "sun city," Lhasa saw a 22.76 percent year-on-year increase in tourist arrivals from China and overseas in 2013. Tourism revenues exceeded 8.2 billion yuan (about 1.34 billion U.S. dollars), up 25.47 percent on the previous year.

In order to help more tourists know Tibetan culture, major travel agencies in Lhasa are selling some specially designed packages for the new year, giving tourists a chance to visit Tibetan families, taste the new year feast, worship the sacred Jokhang Temple and attend a Sutra chanting ceremony.