China reopens Tibet to tourists

China has reopened the Himalayan region of Tibet to foreign tourists, nearly a month after imposing a travel ban coinciding with the anniversary of a failed uprising.

A group of 11 German tourists arrived in Lhasa, the regional capital of Tibet, on Saturday for a six-day tour of the region, China's state-run Xinhua news agency said.

Xinhua said more than 500 foreign tourists are expected to visit Tibet in April.

China requires foreigners to obtain special permission to visit Tibet.

Chinese authorities sealed off Tibet and adjacent areas to local tourism in the run-up to the March anniversary of a 1959 uprising that led to the exile of the Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader.

The anniversary also marks the date when Beijing ended a failed three-year revolt against Chinese rule in Tibet.

Tibetan communities erupted in violent protests against Chinese rule last year, drawing a swift clampdown by paramilitary forces that have remained in place.

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