Ecotourism workshop for Kham in 2009October 7, 2009.
In late September 2009 the project conducted a 5 day workshop in Chengdu for participants from the Kham region of western Sichuan. The workshop focused on introducing ecotourism concepts and how to apply these concepts in local communities. 28 Tibetan tour guides, guest-house owners and tour operators attended.
In October another two day workshop was delivered in Gyeltang/Shangrila in the Tibetan area of Northern Yunnan. On the first day 35 participants took part in training sessions introducing ecotourism concepts practical ways local tour operators can introduce ecotourism ideas into their operations. On the second day the group visited local ecotoruism sites and held discussions on introducing more ecotourism type operations in the area.
Favorite pass: Sho’La, The pass of Two Faces
Sho’la Pass for as long as anyone can remember, has ushered caravans and pilgrims to and from northwestern Yunnan into – and onto – the eastern flanks of the Himalayas, often taking a terrible toll on life and limb. At close to 5,000 meters it has long been known for its ‘two faces’: one a pristine protector and guide for travelers, and the other, a pass of raging blizzards and pummeling winds.more
Thanks Jeff Fuchs!