Tibet marks year of steady economic growth

A view of the newly opened Lhasa-Nagchu Highway in the Tibet autonomous region. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

The Tibet autonomous region saw steady economic growth in 2021, with GDP reaching more than 200 billion yuan ($32 billion) — an increase of about 6.7 percent year-on-year in comparable prices, Tibet Daily reported.

Recently, the Tibet Bureau of Statistics and the Tibet Survey Team of the National Bureau of Statistics released the region's statistical bulletin on national economic and social development for 2021, with figures covering the region's overall national economic and social development last year in 12 aspects, including agriculture, animal husbandry, industry, construction, domestic trade, foreign trade, livelihoods and social security.

The Lhasa-Nyingchi Railway opened on June 25 last year, becoming the first electrical railway in Tibet. [Photo by Palden Nyima/chinadaily.com.cn]

The bulletin reports that the region's per capita GDP reached 56,831 yuan in 2021, an increase of 6 percent. The per capita disposable income of all residents was 24,950 yuan, an increase of 14 percent over the previous year.

According to the region's latest population survey, there are 3.66 million permanent residents. The region's grain output exceeded 1 million metric tons over the year, which was an increase of 3.2 percent over the previous year.

In 2021, the region achieved import and export volume of more than 4 billion yuan, up 88 percent year-on-year, and the region's road network had surpassed 120,000 kilometers by the end of 2021.

The region received more than 41 million domestic and foreign tourists in 2021, an increase of 18.5 percent over the previous year.

Rural residents of Zayul county in the Tibet autonomous have seen improvements in housing. [Photo by Palden Nyima/chinadaily.com.cn]

Every spring, tourists rush to Nyingchi, Tibet, to see the peach blossoms. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]