Li Shuang, general manager of China Life Insurance’s Tibet branch, told China Insurance News that the insurance company will work with the International SOS company to provide the emergency aid. The total amount of the compensation could add up to 1 million yuan. “The insurance could comfort the tourists who are afraid of visiting Tibet, help them get rid of their worries,” Li said.

Tourists arriving in Tibet can buy the insurance near airports, railway stations, and coach stations, China Insurance News reported. Surveys show about 30 percent of tourists in Tibet suffer from altitude sickness, which could lead to symptoms such as edema in the brain or lungs. Tibet received about 10.58 million tourists in 2012 with a total revenue of 12.65 billion yuan.

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