The Chinese authorities have closed Tibet to foreign tourists until the end of July for the second time this year marking the sixtieth anniversary of the peaceful liberation of the region.
“Right now we do not accept foreign tourists, ” said an employee of the China Travel Service, which said they had received an instruction to do so until July 26.
Another travel agent has confirmed the closure.
To get on the roof of the world, foreign tourists usually travel in groups and get a special pass permit, in addition to the Chinese visa.
Following the 2008 riots, which had caused fires and looting in Lhasa, foreigners were not allowed to go to Tibet for over a year.
The year 2011 marks the 60th anniversary of the peaceful liberation of Tibet.