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Tibet Travel FAQ

1. Which documents sind essential, when foreign travelers trip to Tibet?
2. How to obtain the Alien's Permit?
3. How to Get in Tibet?
4. What are some popular places in Tibet?
5. Is independent tour allowed in Tibet?
6. What is the best season for tour in Tibet?
7. Can I travel in Tibet by bus? I really can't afford the car.
8. Other than Chinese currency, what else currency is acceptable in Tibet?
9. Can I draw cash from the local banks in Tibet?
10. What should I keep in mind when I contact with the Tibetans?
11. What can I do with Tibetan beggars?
12. What medicines should I bring for the high elevation?
13. What should I bring for the plateau weather?
14. Are all Tibetans Buddhists?
15. How to book a Tibet tour?

 

01. Which documents sind essential, when foreign travelers trip to Tibet?
Answer:
For Tibet tours, foreign travelers must have not only a standard Chinese visa but also a special travel permit which must be issued in either Lhasa, Chengdu, Kunming, Beijing, Xian or Xining. That means that a standard Chinese visa is not sufficient for Tibet tour, and individual travel for foreigners is not permitted within Tibet, in some special places, travelers must even have military permit also. Chinese visa are generally obtained from most Chinese embassies and consulates.

02. How to obtain the Alien's Permit?
Answer:
To obtain such permits, it is necessary to make your travel arrangements through a bona fide agency, providing details of full name, sex, nationality, date of birth, occupation, and passport number. Please note that its also impossible to obtain flights to Tibet without the Travel permit. The permits themselves specify every destination and town that you wish to visit and can not be changed once you have arrived in Tibet, therefore be certain to detail all possible destinations in your request as well as the route you wish to follow.

03. How to Get in Tibet?
Answer:
By air, there are several routes are available now: Beijing-Lhasa, Shanghai-Lhasa, Chengdu -Lhasa,Xi'an-Lhasa, Xining-Lhasa, Guangzhou-Lhasa, Chongqing-Lhasa, Kathmandu-Lhasa. By land, the possible routes are: Qinghai-Lhasa, Sichuan-Lhasa, Yunnan-Lhasa and Kathmandu-Lhasa. However, land transportation takes much longer time, and can be very tough, especially the Sichuan-Lhasa route.

04. What are some popular places in Tibet?
Answer:
Lhasa, Tsedang, Gyantse, Shigatse, Tingri, Zhangmu etc. are the most popular places in Tibet, for both normal and trekking itineraries. For expedition, Mt. Everest and Mt. Kailash are the most exciting and accessible areas.

5. Question: Is independent tour allowed in Tibet?
Answer:
Independent tour is prohibited in Tibet. You should take part in an organized group or have the local travel operator to arrange for you.

06. What is the best season for tour in Tibet?
Answer:
Generally speaking, from April to October is the best season for Tibet tour. And end of the July to begin of the October is the hottest season in Tibet. However, having a winter tour can be pleasant if you don't mind the cold weather. You can avoid the tourist crowds, and economical accommodations and transportation are more available.

07. Can I travel in Tibet by bus? I really can't afford the car?
Answer:
Yes, but very limited, only Golmud (of Qinghai Province)-Lhasa. And this route is subject to change, not always available.

08. Other than Chinese currency, what else currency is acceptable in Tibet?
Answer:
USD is acceptable only in a very limited range, e.g. tips. However, for convenience, Chinese currency is the best choice. If you want to change USD to Chinese currency in Tibet, you can change in Lhasa Hotel or the Bank of China in Lhasa.

09. Can I draw cash from the local banks in Tibet?
Answer:
Yes, but only the Bank of China in Lhasa has this function. However, the ATM there doesn't always work properly. So we suggest you to bring some cash with you.

10. What should I keep in mind when I contact with the Tibetans?
Answer:
Tibetan people are very kind and hospitable; you can feel free to talk with them. But there are some rulers you should go by:

  • Do not photo them without permission, please show the respect to them!
  • Do not talk about the sensitive topics like political or t religious matters!
  • Do not eat dog, donkey or horse in Tibet!


11. What can I do with Tibetan beggars?
Answer:
Religious beggars are an accepted part of society in Tibet. Giving money or food to a pilgrim is considered an act of merit. Donations of five fen to two jiao (Chinese currency) are appropriate. Please note: if the beggars are the old men and women who dress in shredded, bulky clothes, while the younger ones may have a monkey on a chain, it's a spectacle of great interest to the Tibetans. These beggars are professionals, having less meritorious intentions than religious pilgrims. Just wave them off as the locals do if you don't want give anything.

12. What medicines should I bring for the high elevation?
Answer:
Try to bring the following medicines that will be very useful during your travel: cold and flu tablets, throat lozenges, nasal decongestant, Aspirin, Multivitamins. Or you can ask your local doctor for suggestions.

13. What should I bring for the plateau weather?
Answer:
Tibet's high altitude and the atmosphere allow the sun's solar radiation to strike the earth with unusual intensity. It's very easy to get sun-burnt there. Sunscreen of high sun protection factor, quality sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat are good means of protection. Calamine lotion is good for mild sun-burnt. Those with fair complexions should bring reflective sunscreen with them. Apply the sunscreen to your nose and lips as well.

14. Are all Tibetans Buddhists?
Answer:
Although Tibetan Buddhism has become the main religious belief of local Tibetans, not all Tibetans believe in Buddhism. The Tibetan Buddhist followers explore and try to connect the relationship between humankind and Buddha, and all issues concerning human life and society, with the eventual attainment of enlightenment. This mode of thinking that guides their behavior and actions bears the inevitable stamp of Tibetan Buddhism.
Some scholars believe that the Bon religion also occupies and important position within the religious beliefs of the masses. On the one hand, Tibetan Buddhism has been formed through long-term struggle and blending of Buddhism and Bon; on the other, Bon still has great influence in some remote areas of Tibet.

15. How to book a Tibet tour?
Answer:
If you have decided to take the Tibet tour, you should pay us 10-20% of tour costs as deposit, the rest can be transferred to us before your starting or paid once your arrival in China. You will get detailed tour confirmations from us.

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