Sep.25,2017 -- Sangshi in her guesthouse [Photo/CHINA DAILY]
Sep.25,2017 -- As the ecosystem improves in Nyingchi city, Tibet autonomous region, many villages have become more prosperous as a result of the local government's preferential policies for the development of tourism.
For example, Kyerpa, a settlement in Kongpo'gyada county, has seen the number of guesthouses rise to 31 this year from only three in 2006.
Last year, the village, located near Basum Lake, one of the nine holy lakes in the region, received 30,000 tourists.
About 20,000 visitors stayed in local guesthouses, which boast a combined 417 beds, generating income of 3 million yuan ($458,000), according to the village committee.
Before they opened a 16-bedroom guesthouse in 2013, Sangshi and her husband made about 30,000 yuan a year from a teashop they ran in the village. Now, their annual income has risen to 100,000 to 150,000 yuan.
Sangshi, who like many Tibetans only has one name, said the government helped her to open and upgrade the guesthouse. In 2012, she undertook a monthlong training course in Nyingchi. The government covered all the expenses for the course - which included cooking lessons and advice about running a guesthouse - including the cost of renting a room and a daily food allowance.