Efficient transport and improved homestay offerings have helped draw visitors to Tibetan region, Xu Lin reports.
Every day, Padma and her mother’s daily routine consists of maintaining the cleanliness of the family’s two-story building. They run a guesthouse with a typical Tibetan-style interior that can host up to 20 guests.
“Tilling the land is laborious, and it is exposed to the weather. Running a homestay involves less labor and pressure, bringing in more earnings,” says the 25-year-old. The guesthouse is a major source of family income. Padma’s father rears yaks and her husband transports materials for construction sites.
In Lunang town of the Tibet autonomous region’s Nyingchi city, Tashigang village has 64 households with 314 people. Of the 64 households, 51 households including Padma’s family have opened Tibetan-styled homestays due to the growing number of tourists. This has made Tashigang an exemplary model in developing rural tourism, as part…