China Reopens Tibetan Tourism
Torch relay demonstrated stability, state media says
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2008 12:13 PM CDT
Chinese paramilitary officers stand on duty near Norbulingka, the Dalai Lama's former summer palace, the starting point for the Olympic torch relay in Lhasa, June 21, 2008.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – China is allowing foreign tourists to enter Tibet for the first time since March protests, sources tell the BBC. The Olympic torch’s smooth reception in Lhasa over the weekend means "Tibet is safe,” a Tibetan tourism director tells state media. "We welcome the domestic and foreign tourists." Tibet remains essentially off-limits, however, to foreign journalists.