Taxkorgan witnesses a growing number of tourists in recent years

Published on : Saturday, July 20, 2019

Taxkorgan, a border county in north-western China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, has witnessed a growing number of tourists in recent years who dropped in for its unique folk culture and splendid plateau scenery.

 

The county of Taxkorgan, which borders Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan, is the only Tajik autonomous county in China, with most of its roughly 40,000 residents being ethnic Tajiks.

 

Sitting on the Pamir Plateau, it boasts of the famous Khunjerab Pass on the China-Pakistan border along with Mount Qogir, the second highest peak in the world after the peak of Mount Qomolangma (Mount Everest).

 

Visitors are also lured by Taxkorgan’s snow-capped mountains, verdant grassland and Tajik festivities like the eagle dance and polo.

 

The county received more than 554,000 visitors in the first half of this year, going up 43.3% from a year ago. This has brought in tourism revenue of 576 million Yuan (about US$83.77 million), according to local tourism authorities.

 

“We are developing more tourism projects such as Mount Muztagata, the Khunjerab Pass and a memorial of the Karakorum Highway connecting China and Pakistan, with the protection of the local environment as our priority,” said Zhou Hao, deputy director of the local culture, sports, TV broadcast and tourism bureau.

 

Tourism has also generated more than 1,000 jobs for local residents this year and helped many get rid of poverty.

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