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Kyirong-Rasuwa Border between Tibet and Nepal Officially Opened to Tourists

New Border Kyirong between Tibet and Nepal OpenedTHE new China-Nepal border of Gyirong, Tibet-Rasuwa Bilateral Port was formally opened to overseas tourists from the third countries on Aug. 30, 2017. People now can travel overland from Kathmandu, Nepal to Lhasa, Tibet via Kyirong Border in Tibet and Rasuwa Border in Nepal.
Gyirong, means comfortable village in Tibetan. It was given the name by Padmasambhava, an Indian Buddhist master in the 8th century. When he was invited to Tibet to teach Buddhism by Trisong Detsen - the 38th Tibetan emperor. Gyirong valley has been the only passable land connecting Tibet and Nepal dating back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) and is a key channel for China to link with South Asian countries. Historical events that have taken place in the valley include the marriage of the Nepalese Princess Bhrikuti to Tibetan King Songtsan Gampo in the 7th century, the journey of the ambassador from the Tang Dynasty to India and the crossing of Indian Buddhist master Padmasambhava to Tibet.
Gyirong, also called Kyirong, is a garden hidden behind Mount Qomolangma which was known as Mount Everest for overseas tourists enjoys a bird's eye view of snow-capped Himalayan mountain ranges. The county is home to primeval forests, snowcapped mountains and numerous glaciers and historical sites.
Besides being an impressive destination on its own, Kyirong borders Pokhara, one of the most scenic places in neighboring Nepal. Gyirong offers great opportunities for tourism right now, and is expected to welcome more foreign tourists in the future. The new port is to link the Chinese mainland tourism market with South Asian countries, and focuse on the Himalaya Mountains which could boost tourism to all of Tibet. Gyirong will be turned into an advanced county known as a tourist destination.
Gyirong now undertakes the functions of the former Zham port, which cleared about 90 percent of land-borne trade between China and Nepal before a massive earthquake devastated Nepal and some border areas in Tibet on April 25, 2015. Operation of the Kyirong port means a solid foundation for China to build the South Asia trading area, and it will help to promote trade between China and South Asian countries in the near future.
Meanwhile, Nepal introduced a token system for Nepalese cargo containers entering Kyirong Border of Tibet, China through Rasuwagadhi of Nepal, the only operating international border point now between two countries. As the traditionally main travel route Tatopani-Khasa-Zhangmu has remained closed since the earthquake.
New facilities at the Gyirong-Rasuwa Bilateral Port have been set to boost business, tourism and cooperation between China and Nepal and benefit nearby residents. The original Gyirong Port was built in 1962 at an elevation of 2,700 meters. Trade at the port began to drop off in the mid-1980s and continued to decline through 2006. Officers at Gyirong at the time were temporarily moved. Since 2008, preparatory projects to expand the port have been launched, including equipping the port with inspection and support services, the completion of Shyaphru Road and operation of the China-Nepal Friendship Bridge. Cargo imported and exported through the border port of Gyirong increased by 27.8 percent year-on-year in Q1, according to Kyirong Customs.
Drudrak operates a Tibetan restaurant, homestay and bar in Gyirong township. A few years ago, he moved to Gyirong from Khasa Port because he believed the town had greater potential for business. He said he was immediately taken by the charming natural environment, and decided to settle in Gyirong in the hopes that its growing tourist trade would prove lucky for him. Nepalese businessman Mimar moved to Gyirong with his wife, and his business has grown from a small carpet shop to a trading company.
Tibet Travel News - Travel West China Tour Information Centre

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