[Buddha-l] China plans theme park ousdie Lhasa--------

Jo jkirk at spro.net
Wed Jul 18 20:12:26 MDT 2012

Eric: "... but who would build a replica near the original? Perhaps they are
planning to destroy all of Lhasa?" 

You are probably right on the mark, Eric.  I suspect this is their aim--to
convert things Tibetan to Chinese versions of same. 

(Can we compare what happened in US history? Hyphenated cultures? Such as
African-American, Polish-American, etc etc. Was it all that benign?) 

They doubtless are aiming to forge a Tibeto-Chinese culture. (Attention to
the ancient sharings of cultural features between Tibet and China, and vice
versa, would not be allowed-- unless such could be warped into Chinese
nationalistic values, as I recently read they did with a Tibetan folklore
tale converted to a Chinese movie.)  
I read an article in the latest issue of _Education about Asia_ (a journal),
about Mongolian arts. Halfway through, I noticed it barely said anything
about Mongolia's long Buddhist historical heritage. By 3/4ths of the way to
the end, I realized that this article had been written slanted by a Chinese
author toward the supremacy of Chinese views on Mongolia. Nothing but a
bunch of clichés.


Erik Hoogcarspel
Sent: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 3:44 PM

Perhaps also stupid. I mean there are lots of Chinese middle class people
who now have the money to go somewhere and they do not mind to stand in line
for hours and visit the most crappy theme parks. But I wonder if you can go
on for ever, if there will not come a time that even the most insensitive
Chinese grow tired of theme parks or that they discover that it is more
convenient to build one near Beijing.
They build replica of European towns but who would build a replica near the
original? Perhaps they are planning to destroy all of Lhasa?


Op 18-07-12 20:39, Jo schreef:
> Or crude.
> --------------------
> Dan Lusthaus
> Sent: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 12:27 PM
> No one ever said that the Chinese were not shrewd.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Jo" <jkirk at spro.net>
> http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jul/06/china-plans-theme-park-tib
> et
> Chinese authorities say proposed theme park would reduce tourist 
> pressure on the city's main sights. Photograph: Dan Chung for the 
> Guardian
> Chinese officials have announced plans to build a £3bn Tibetan culture 
> theme park outside Lhasa in three to five years.
> Authorities see developing tourism as crucial to the economic future 
> of Tibet and have set a goal of attracting 15 million tourists a year 
> by 2015, generating up to 18bn yuan (£1.8bn), in a region with a 
> population of just 3 million.
> But Tibetan groups have expressed concern that the surge in tourism 
> has also eroded traditional culture and that the income has 
> economically benefited Han Chinese more than Tibetans.
> Ma Xinming, deputy mayor of the city, told journalists that the park 
> would cover 800 hectares (1980 acres) on a site just over a mile from the
> He said it would improve the Tibetan capital's attractiveness to 
> tourists and be a landmark for its cultural industry, state news 
> agency Xinhua reported.
> The mayor said it would include attractions themed around Princess 
> Wencheng
> - the seventh-century niece of a Tang-dynasty emperor who married a 
> king from Tibet's Yarlung dynasty - whose tale has been embraced by 
> Chinese authorities as a parable of ethnic harmony.
> The park will include outdoor shows about the princess, along with 
> other educational and entertainment facilities. Business and 
> residential districts would also be included.
> Ma said the park would also reduce tourist pressure on the Jokhang 
> Temple and the Barkhor in the heart of old Lhasa, helping to protect 
> the city's heritage.
> According to state media, the number of visitors to the region rose by 
> 25.7% year-on-year in the first five months of 2012. The tourism 
> bureau has said Tibet expects 10 million tourists this year - up one 
> million from last year
> - with tourism revenues growing to 12bn yuan. But foreigners were last 
> month indefinitely banned from visiting, amid growing tension.
> The announcement came after two Tibetan men set fire to themselves in
> Tibetan areas across western China have seen a spate of 
> self-immolations, with those involved protesting against Chinese policies.
> Officials in China often see theme parks as a way to develop tourism, 
> though many have failed to attract the investment and visitors they
> Whether the Lhasa government ends up building the project on the 
> massive scale envisaged remains to be seen.
> Professor Robert Barnett, an expert on Tibetan culture at Columbia 
> University, said that while some officials had talked about 
> environmentally and culturally appropriate tourism in Tibet, "this 
> represents a nail in the coffin - symbolically and perhaps practically 
> - of attempts by Tibetans and Chinese to promote that."
> He added: "To recoup that cost, you have to have tourism on an 
> unimaginable scale."
> Barnett said Tibetans might well go to the theme park themselves, but 
> would also be likely to question whether it was good for their culture 
> and worth the huge investment.
> "They are very acutely aware of these issues ... but I am not sure 
> they have any form to ask them publicly," he said.
> Xinhua reported last month that officials have also earmarked more 
> than 400m yuan to develop tourism in Nyingchi prefecture in 
> southeastern Tibet, renowned for its scenic beauty.
> In addition to creating an international "Swiss-style" tourism town, 
> the schemes will involve building 22 "model villages", where tourists 
> will be able to enjoy homestays. Critics have warned the plan could 
> damage the fragile environment.

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