Rural tourism has long been an important part of economic development in suburban areas. Relying on unique natural resources, Dokde Street actively facilitates the construction of rural tourist attractions, bringing benefits to both visitors and local residents.
Lhasa’s Dokde Street: rural tourism boosts local income
Liu Fang, Zhu Shan,China Tibet News
Aug. 25, 2020
Dokde Street, located in the northeast of Lhasa's Chengguan District, is seven kilometers away from the city center. Boasting convenient traffic and rich tourism resources, it makes great progress in rural tourism. When summer comes, Lhasa citizens prefer to go to Linka (picnic) with their friends and family members on weekends. "Sometimes, urban living is quiet boring. We like going to suburban areas of on weekends. It is a good way for relaxing and enjoying nature," says Dawa Tashi, a Lhasa citizen.
With local tourism resources, Weiba Village of Dokde Street has made efforts to advance rural tourism by building its own tourism brand named "Lhasa Family", gradually increasing villagers' income. "Lhasa Family" is a mode of tourism that mainly provides homestay services. It is not only a chance for tourists to enjoy traditional Tibetan culture and taste delicious Tibetan food, but also a channel to increase local income. Next, more villagers are expected to engage in this project.
Moreover, Dokde Street makes more efforts to support local farmers and college graduates in startups by developing local industries and building incubation bases, which effectively accelerates poverty alleviation work and the realization of a moderately prosperity society.
Local beautiful environment and pleasant climate offer good conditions for planting raspberries. In 2016, Dokde Street's Raspberry Ecological Agriculture Science & Technology Park was established. It provides fresh fruits to citizens and tourists, and also helps promote income growth by transferring land and creating jobs. Every year, about 390 people are working in the raspberry industrial park; each of them earned 130 yuan RMB daily.