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New fa­cil­i­ties at the China Gyirong-Nepal Ra­suwa Bi­lat­eral Port, which opened on Dec 1, are set to boost business be­tween China and Nepal and ben­e­fit nearby res­i­dents.

The orig­i­nal Gyirong Port was built in 1962. Trade at the port be­gan to drop off in the mid-1980s and con­tin­ued to de­cline through 2006.

Ac­cord­ing to the gov­ern­ment of the Ti­bet au­ton­o­mous re­gion, trade be­tween China and Nepal has been in­creas­ing in re­cent years, and Khasa Port — Ti­bet’s largest land port — can no longer keep up with de­mand.

“Since 2008, prepara­tory projects to ex­pand the port have been launched, in­clud­ing equip­ping the port with in­spec­tion and support ser­vices, the com­ple­tion of Shyaphru Road and op­er­a­tion of the China-Nepal Friend­ship Bridge,” said Penpa, di­rec­tor of the re­gion’s Depart­ment of Com­merce.

“Op­er­a­tion of the port means a solid foun­da­tion for China to build the South Asia trad­ing area, and it will help to pro­mote trade be­tween China and South Asian coun­tries in the near fu­ture,” said Su Yuan­ming, di­rec­tor of the Port Ad­min­is­tra­tive Of­fice of Ti­bet. The re­vi­tal­ized port now em­ploys 15 staff.

Wang Long, the di­rec­tor of Gyirong Cus­toms, said the open­ing of the Lhasa-Xigaze Rail­way — an ex­ten­sion of the Qing­hai-Ti­bet Rail­way — is a bridge­head and a new support for China to co­op­er­ate with South Asian coun­tries.

“There will be an in­crease in the cat­e­gories of prod­ucts and the quan­tity of ex­ported elec­tronic prod­ucts, and there will be a rise in trad­ing vol­ume as well,” Wang said.

From Jan­uary through Novem­ber, trade vol­ume through Gyirong Port reached 1,600 metric tons with a to­tal value of more than $4.52 mil­lion, almost dou­ble the value of the past three years com­bined, Wang said.


Gyirong port en­joys a bird’s-eye view of snow-capped moun­tains that make the Gyirong val­ley a hid­den gar­den be­hind Mount Qo­molangma.

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