HONG KONG, Oct 27: In yet another bid to develop Tibet as one of the world´s most attractive tourism destinations, China has opened Chomolungma National Park.
The Chomolungma Park, which was officially inaugurated on Friday, covers a large area of 78,000 square kilometers spread in six districts of Tibet´s Shigatse region, which shares its border with Nepal. The park is named after the world´s highest mountain. Chomolungma means the Mt. Everest in Tibetan language.
The opening of the Chomolungma Park, which is reported to be the national park at the highest altitude, comes after the the launch of Namtso National Park and Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon National Park in Tibet. While Namtso Park was opened just last week, Yarlung Park, which is named after a river that flows through the world´s highest place, was established in 2010.
According to Sun Yongping, deputy chief of Tibet´s tourism bureau, the Chomolungma Park covers five mountains with heights above 8,000 meter, including the Mt Everest, and 10 mountains with heights above 7,000 meter.
"The national park will focus on the protection of ecology and biodiversity and prevent illegal exploitation of resource or land use," the Chinese news agency Xinhua has quoted Sun as saying. Tourists can relish the charms of ecological valley, local cultures, hot springs and ice in the Chomolungma Park.
As many tourists visiting Tibet come to Nepal, the opening of the world´s highest national park is believed to have a positive impact on Nepal´s tourism sector as well.