The plateau city of Lhasa received over one million visitors in Q1 2019

Potala Palace in Lhasa. (File photo: VCG)

LHASA, May 13 (Xinhua) -- More than one million visits were made by domestic and overseas tourists to Lhasa, capital of southwest China"s Tibet Autonomous Region, in the first quarter of 2019, up 16.89 percent year on year, local authorities said Monday.

Over the period, the plateau city raked in 1.48 billion yuan (about $216 million) from tourism, an annual increase of 22.45 percent, according to the Lhasa municipal tourism development bureau.

Lhasa is home to some of China"s most renowned cultural and tourist sites such as the Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple.

Snowcapped mountains in southwest China"s Tibet Autonomous Region. (File photo: VCG)

As of October 2018, the city had 24 A-level scenic spots, 143 star-rated hotels and 311 travel agencies.

In a bid to attract more winter tourists, Tibet has rolled out a spate of preferential policies including waiving admission charges for some scenic spots and discounted flights during the winter.

The region received a total of 19.9 million visitors last year, up 23.87 percent year-on-year.