From The Nepali Press
Lhasa or bust
Nepal Samacharpatra, 29 July
FROM ISSUE #259 (05 AUG 2005 - 11 AUG 2005) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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The Kathmandu-Lhasa bus service launched with much fanfare in May has been cancelled because of hassles to Nepalis in Tibet. Chinese citizens can visit Nepal easily and roam freely and with dignity around the country but it is not the same for Nepalis when touring Lhasa. They are looked upon suspiciously and their tour restricted to specific places and hotels designated by government authorities. Nepalis are not even allowed to stay in standard class hotels but have to pay nearly $ 200, besides the visa fee. Visitors are restricted to a 10-day visa but it takes six days for the bus to travel in and out of Lhasa.