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Kunming to launch direct flight to Nyingchi next March

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Direct flights connecting Guangzhou-Kunming-Nyingchi(林芝) is estimated to be launched in March, 2014.

Self-driving time from Kunming to Nyingchi will also be shortened after the update of a new route to enter Tibet from Bingzhongluo(丙中洛) in Nujiang prefecture, Yunnan.

According to Wang Jun, chief of tourism bureau in Nyingchi prefecture, the new route via Kunming-Liuku-Bingzhongluo-Chawalong(察瓦龙)-Chayu(察隅)-Nyingchi is about 1,000 kilometers, which can save more than 10 hours than the previous route,Kunming-Dali-Lijiang-Diqing(迪庆)-Markam(芒康)-Zuogong(左贡)-Nyingchi.

Wang said, 120,000 travelers drive to Nyingchi, 23% of which are from Yunnan. At present, the cost for a self-driving tour to Nyingchi is up to about 1,000 yuan for each person every day.

Nyingchi Prefecture is located in the southeast of Tibet, and downstream of the the Yarlung Zangbo River(雅鲁藏布江). It has an average altitude of 2,950 meters. For its altitude is below the critical point of altitude reaction, Nyingchi boasts to be the most appropriate place for visitors to adapt the high altitude before entering other high altitude places in Tibet.

The best time period for self-driving tours there is from March to May, or from September to November.

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