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Wild animals double in Tibetan nature reserve

LHASA, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- The populations of wild Tibetan antelopes, donkeys and yaks in a nature reserve in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region have roughly doubled thanks to effective protection efforts in the past 20 years, showed figures released on Tuesday. The number of Tibetan antelopes in the area has increased to 150,000 from 80,000 when the Qiangtang Nature Reserve was established in 1993. Wild yaks and Tibetan donkeys have increased to 40,000 and 90,000 respectively, compared with 20,000 and 50,000 at the establishment of the reserve.

Tibet's A-share-listed companies valued at 73.4 bln

LHASA, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- The ten A-share companies in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region had a total market value of 73.41 billion yuan (about 12.04 billion U.S. dollars) by Nov. 30. The figure is 4.7 percent higher than the region's gross domestic product (GDP) for last year, according to the regional securities regulatory bureau. The companies' total market value at the end of 2012 was 81.65 percent of the region's GDP that year.

Around China: When traffic jams in Tibet

LHASA, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- The standard outfit for a Tibetan man was once a "horse, gun and clasp knife". Now a car (and some time to kill in traffic jams) is the latest lifestyle choice on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. As of Nov. 30, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region had 307,170 registered vehicles, 16 percent up on last year. With a population just a shade over 3 million, this means that about one in ten people in Tibet own a car. In 2000 and 2006, the figures were one person in 34 and one in 20.

Tibet's 1st extradosed bridge opened to traffic

LHASA, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- The first extradosed bridge in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region opened to traffic on Wednesday amid expectations that it will boost local tourism. The 1.28-km-long Ngaqen Bridge above the Lhasa River in the eastern suburbs of the regional capital Lhasa, has six lanes and a 33-meter-wide roadbed, and is designed to accommodate vehicles at speeds of 60 km per hour. Construction began on the bridge in March 2011. It cost about 370 million yuan (60.3 million U.S. dollars).

China's last county finally linked by road

The last county in China to be accessible by modern land transport was finally linked up to the rest of the country Thursday with a new road that has taken decades to build, state media said. The 19,000 people of deeply isolated Medog in southeastern Tibet, where the mighty Brahmaputra river -- known as the Yarlung Zangbo in China -- winds its way between towering Himalayan peaks, have until now had to depend on horses for land travel and trade.

Disabled Frenchman makes record jump over Everest

A French multiple sclerosis sufferer Sunday became the first disabled person to skydive over Mount Everest, successfully completing his landing before being taken to hospital as a precaution. "I feel very happy. I am exhausted but very happy," Marc Kopp said from a hospital bed in Kathmandu where doctors examined him for any injuries sustained during the jump.

Australian's Everest survival bid ends in tragedy

An Australian couple survived for six hours buried under ice and snow following an avalanche in Tibet only for the husband to die after descending the mountain, reports said Thursday. Wendy Higgins and her company director husband Dean, from Adelaide, were camping on the slopes of Mount Everest, the world's highest peak, with another two Australians when disaster struck on Tuesday. While details remain sketchy, the pair were reportedly buried by snow with the 60-year-old husband managing to dig them out after six hours.

Four dead as avalanche hits tour group in Tibet

Four people died after an avalanche hit a foreign tour group camping on the slopes of Mount Everest, the world's highest peak, Chinese state media reported Wednesday. One of the dead was an Australian citizen and the other three were local porters, said the report on chinatibetnews.com, which cited the Dingri county government. China's official Xinhua news agency quoted sources within the local government saying the group "entered a restricted area on the mountain without permission".

Swiss climber involved in Everest brawl back in Nepal

A Swiss climber who vowed never to return to Mount Everest after a brawl with local Sherpa guides last season is back in Nepal to scale another peak, an official said Thursday. Ueli Steck, a famed Swiss climber, and his team are now at the base camp of the world's tenth highest peak, the 8,091-metre (26,545-feet) Annapurna, Gyanendra Shrestha, an official at the tourism ministry, told AFP. "He has received the permit to climb Annapurna," Shrestha said.

Nepal to keep closer eye on Everest expeditions

Nepal's tourism ministry said Friday it plans to exercise tighter control of climbers scaling Mount Everest to make sure they keep the world's highest peak clean and to prevent rows. The ministry will set up a 10-member team made up of government officials, veteran Nepalese climbers and security officers that will start work when the next climbing season opens in the spring. The team will ensure that climbers do not leave trash on the mountain, Purna Chandra Bhattarai, chief of the tourism industry division at the tourism ministry told AFP.
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