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Development of Tibet’s Gyirong Port

By Liu Fang, Zhu Shan Source:China Tibet News 2019年07月31日 10:02

Located in Rasok Village of Xigaze City, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Gyirong Port is a major route for trade between China and Nepal. It has been listed among national A-class land ports approved by the State Council in 1987. The port has witnessed the expansion of opening up in 2014, and become an International port in 2017. Since China adopting the reform and opening up in 1978, Gyirong Port has experienced tremendous improvement. Today, it is a “golden port" opening up to South Asian market.

China Gyirong-Nepal Rasuwa Bilateral Port has been put into practice on December 1, 2014. The volume of foreign trade has amounted to 610 million yuan RMB in 2015, comparing with 70 million yuan RMB in 2014, according to the Gyirong Port Management Committee.

In recent years, with the rise of foreign trade volume through the port, Gyirong Town has seen an increasing number of hotels, tourists and Nepalese trucks. More and more Chinese enterprises prefer Gyirong Port as their passage to the South Asian market. Now, the port's total annual import and export volume of cargo maintains over 200,000 tons, number of visits remains at about 129,430 person-time, and visitors reach 45,972.

The thriving business on the port enhances people's living standards.“Previously, local villagers have made a living by farming; nowadays, with the help from the government, rows of two-story houses have been built, which all belong to villagers. The local run restaurants and shops, bringing each household a monthly income of 3,000 yuan RMB.”  said a local villager.

Thanks to a series of preferential policies, local villagers are doing well in border trade. “Today, the average annual income reaches over 60,000 yuan RMB, doubling that of years when people lived on agriculture and animal husbandry." said Tashi Tsewang, a villager doing border trade.

There are a lot of Nepalese restaurants and shops along the street in Gyirong Town, over 20 kilometers away from the port. Now, over 200 Nepalese people live in the town, too.

With the development of the Belt and Road Initiative, the exchanges and cooperation between China and South Asian countrieshave constantly deepened.

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