Tibet's capital Lhasa has seen an influx of holidaymakers on the eve of the traditional Shoton Festival, also known as the "yogurt banquet festival."
Most hotels in downtown Lhasa have been full since the beginning of August amid the tourist rush for the festival, which lasts from Aug. 10 to 16 this year.
Beijing office worker Zhang Fan plans to arrive in Lhasa Saturday, but when she asked a friend in Lhasa to help book a hotel room on Tuesday, she was told no rooms were available at all the affordable hotels.
"Phuntsog Kangsang, the favorite hostel in downtown Lhasa for backpackers, is full until late August and even inns in the outer areas are all fully booked," said Zhang.
She was about to postpone the trip when her friend told her a guest had canceled his reservation at a downtown hostel.
For young urbanites like Zhang, it's all too appealing to get away from the midsummer heat and spend a cool, relaxing week on the Tibet plateau, where the mercury rarely hits 30 degrees Celsius.
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