Transportation of Tibet
Tibet is used to be an inhospitable region; there was no road at all. Through the gorgeous mountains and vast plateau plains, caravans journeyed on dangerous paths with heavy loads. The transportation was based on man's labor and stock. Yak conveyance from Lhasa to Yaan was only once a year.
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Transportation in Tibet has changed a lot through out this century. After 1950 when slavery was eliminated, four distinct roads from Sichuan, Qinghai, Xinjiang and Yunnan to Tibet were built through great difficulties. And at the same time inside this autonomous zone, road nets formed centered Lhasa, Gzhis-ka-rtse, Chabmdo and Nagqu, which extended to 98 percent of the counties. Railway from Qinghai to Tibet was built at this time. Skin raft and wooden boat could pass through the Yarlung Zangbo River, Lhasa River, Nianchu River and Niyang River. In 1956, airmen succeeded in their first aerial navigation above the Qingzang plateau which ever meant the "forbidden area". Now there are regular flights flying to and fro between Lhasa and many cities such as Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing and Kathmandu of Nepal. So, today, it is easier for visitors to get to Tibet with different access. Rail, road, air all are very convenient.