Tibet Supporters Mark 60th Anniversary of Failed Uprising Against China
Mar 10, 2019MedicalComments Off on Tibet Supporters Mark 60th Anniversary of Failed Uprising Against China
Sunday marks the 60th anniversary of Tibet's failed uprising against China.
The abortive mission forced the Dalai Lama, Tibet's traditional Buddhist leader, into exile in mountainous Dharamsala, in India, where he established a Tibetan government-in-exile.
He launched his campaign for a free Tibet from Dharamsala. His efforts earned him worldwide respect and fame as an adherent of non-violence.
He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.
The 83-year-old Dalai Lama continues to live in Dharamsala.
Devotees at the Dalai Lama's temple in Dharamsala observed the anniversary Sunday with chants and prayers. Some had painted "Free Tibet" on their faces.
A photo exhibit entitled "60 Years of Tibetan Resistance" is on display at the Tibet museum in Dharamsala.
A march, marking the anniversary, was planned in New Delhi, India's capital.
Under Chinese rule, critics say Tibet's unique cultural heritage and language are slowly fading away.
China insists that Tibet has been under Chinese rule for centuries, but Tibetans insist they were essentially independent for most of that time.
An editorial in China's official Xinhua News Agency said Saturday that under China's rule Tibet has experienced economic growth, increased lifespans and improved education.
Xinhua said "Sixty years since the epoch-making democratic reform in Tibet, people... have enjoyed unprecedented human rights in history."
Tibet monitoring groups, however, disagree with that assessment.
The International Tibet Network said in a statement that "China has ridden roughshod over the human and political rights of citizens under its rule for far too long." It added: "With resistance by the Tibetan people so strong and vibrant, it's time for a response from the international community that matches their courage and conviction."
Comments Off on Taipei-Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau is promoting mountain tourism at the 4-day Taipei International Travel Fair that began Friday.
The bureau is focusing on five north-south mountain ranges — the Central Mountain, Xueshan, Yushan, Alishan and the Coastal Mountain ranges — in its pavilion at the fair, said bureau Deputy Director-General Chang Shi-chung (???).
Chang said there will be various exhibitions and forums on the mountains of Taiwan, as well as its unique cultural features such as historic trails and aboriginal lifestyles.
Taiwan is preparing to market 2020 as the Year of Mountain Tourism, after its efforts to position the country as an important international mountaineering destination in July, when the government allowed public access to the island’s national parks.
Previously, people who wanted to visit restricted “ecological protected areas” in Taiwan’s national parks had to apply for permits from both the National Police Agency and the Construction and Planning Agency.
Now, however, the Construction and Planning Agency has launched a new mountain permit application portal that requires mountain visitors to apply for only one permit and provides fast-track processing to expedite applications, the bureau said.
Much of Taiwan is covered by mountains, and it has 268 mountains of over 3,000 meters, according to the Tourism Bureau website.
That environment has made hiking and mountain climbing one of the favorite pastimes of Taiwan residents.
The number of permits issued to Taiwanese citizens and foreign nationals for access to trails in Yushan, Taroko and Shei Pa national parks has risen from 153,736 in 2016 to 187,053 in 2017 and 201,526 in 2018, according to Construction and Planning Agency figures.
In 2018, foreign nationals accounted for 7.24 percent of the permits issued.
There will be around 1,700 booths from 60 countries at the fair, to be held Nov. 8-11 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center.
The fair, the largest of its kind in Taiwan, will feature South Korean and Japanese tourism operators amid growing local interest in travel to those countries.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel