Currency

Foreign currency and traveler's checks can be exchanged only at the Bank of China, which has one main office in Lhasa and a few sub-branches in Lhasa, Shigatse, Lhoka, and Nyingchi. Passports must be provided to exchange to currency you need. And for the traveler's checks, you will need to sign it and display your passports at the front desk. Banks are open only a few hours on Saturdays and Sundays in Tibet. Normally when your Tibetan tour guide and driver transfer you to Lhasa on the first day, please remind them that you need to go to Bank of China which is about 1 km to west of Potala Palace, then you can get your money exchanged and it will save you a lot of time.

Credit cards are not recommended as a way of payment in Tibet because they are only accepted by the Bank of China and few top end hotels in Lhasa. Furthermore, these hotels or big shops normally have 3.5-5% transaction service charge. If you want to cash out from your credit card, they may only have a limit of RMB 2000 to RMB 5000 per day and it can only be processed in the Tibet Branch of the Bank of China.

Most of the time, you may not acquire cash by ATM from branches of the Bank of China or China construction Bank, especially when it is the festival season. So it is advisable to prepare some RMB cash in advance, before entering Tibet.
  • Geography

    Geographically Tibet can be divided into three parts, the East, the South and the North. The Eastern part is forest region which occupies around 25% of Tibet. The Southern part is open grassland occupying almost half of Tibet. The Southern and the Central region is an agricultural region occupying the rest of the region as well as containing all the major cities Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Gyatsa and Tsedang. This area is also considered as the cultural center of Tibet and Buddhism.
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  • History

    Tibetan History begins with the incursions of Tibetan King in Central China when Buddha was living in India, Confucius and Lao-tseu in China (5th century B.C.). The History of Tibet can be divided in two parts, the first one with the establishment and the end of the Tibetan Kingdoms; the second with the establishment and the end of the Dalai-Lama Theocracy. During both periods civil and religious problems are mixed and cannot be made distinct. In the seventh century, the Tibetan King Sron-tsan-gampo was very powerful thus infamous to the Chinese Empire.
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  • People

    The inhabitants in Tibet include Tibetans, Menpa, Luopa, Han Chinese, Hui, Sherpa, and a few Deng people. Among them, the Tibetans are the main inhabitants, who take up more than 92 percent of the regional population. The Tibetan people are optimistic, bold and uninhibited.
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  • Religion

    Most of the Tibetan people believe in Buddhism which has a history of some 1,300 years since its penetration into Tibet, has shaped a unique form of “Lamaism”. Tibetan history, culture and religion are mixed together and infiltrated on every aspect of social life. Tibetan religious arts have distinctive style with adoption of Indian and Chinese Buddhist influence, thus forming itself a pearl of oriental Buddhist art in Chinese Buddhism.

    Tibet has the richness and the depth of its traditions that is deep rooted in its cultural heritage. The wisdom, knowledge about life, compassion, tolerance and peace of mind, all contribute in making the culture of Tibet. The simplicity of life, the spirituality of the mind and rich customs and traditions give a strong hold to this alpine region.

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  • Art & Culture

    Art is probably one of the most visible forms of entertainment in Tibet. The Paintings and craft works are deeply religious and that is what makes everything in Tibet all the more significant and worthwhile. The people of Tibet are inspired by almost all religious beliefs, Tantric influence, Mahayana Buddhist, Bon influence, making it resort to Tantric feeling.

    You can always find amazing pieces of art works in the form of Thangka paintings thus being enriched with Tibetan Art and Crafts. Wood prints and cliff paintings are also used in the same. You can always buy them from any general store or from an art gallery in Tibet.


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  • Festivals

    Tibetan New Year

    The first day of the Tibetan calendar (in February or March) is the most important festival of the Tibetan people. At the dawn of that day, with Droso-chema in their hands, the people in their splendid attire pay New Year Calls and express their best wishes to their friends and relatives. In the following several days, the Tibetan people have some celebrations such as singing and dancing or have gatherings with their relatives and friends.

    Gyangze Dama Festival

    The Gyangze Dama Festival,which originated Gyangze in 1408, lasts from the 10th day to the 27th day of the fourth month of the Tibetan calendar to commemorate the sacrificial day of Pagba Sangbo, King of Gyangze in the Sagya Dynasty. During the festival various kinds of activities are held such as riding, shooting, Tibetan opera, singing, dancing, and exchanges of gifts.
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  • Flora & Fauna

    The unusual natural conditions of Tibet give rise to diverse natural habitats for complex species of flora and fauna. The areas of eastern and south eastern Tibet receive monsoon during the months of June-September and have abundant plant and animal species, many of which are rare and endangered. The Plateau is the (differentiation) center for Rhododendron, Primula, Saussurea, and Pedicularis. There are altogether 400 species of Rhododendron on the Plateau, which make up about 50 percent of the world's total species. Many endemic plant species such as Circaeaster, Himiphrogma, and Chionocharis, Milula, Cyananthus, Leptocodon, Maharanga, Pegia, Chamasium and many others are found on the Tibetan Plateau.


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  • Visa & Immigration

    All people willing to travel Tibet must obtain Tibet travel permit. There are two different ways to obtain Tibet travel permit and visa depending upon the entry point.

    CLIENTS ENTERING FROM MAINLAND CHINA:

    If the clients are interested to enter Tibet from China then they should apply and obtain individual China entry visa from their country. While applying visa they should obtain the visa with validity till the end of the Tibet tour date. They can just say that they will travel around China. After obtaining visa, the clients should send us the scanned visa copy and the scanned passport copy at least 3 - 4 weeks prior to Tibet entry date.


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  • Entry to Tibet

    Air China operates regular flight between Lhasa and various parts of Mainland China as well as from Kathmandu. On a clear day the flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa is extremely enchanting as it flies across the mighty Himalayas. This flight offers spectacular views of Mt. Everest, Makalu and many other Himalayan giants.

    Another exciting mode of transportation to reach Tibet is by Train which is really becoming very popular day by day.

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  • Activities

    Trekking

    Trekking in Tibet is a perfect way to explore Tibet and a wonderful experience of a lifetime that you can't get anywhere else on earth. By trekking Tibet, you can enjoy the unique scenery of the olden secret places of Tibet and have a full insight of one Tibetan culture. Tibet trekking can be classified into Tibet pilgrimage trek, Tibet culture trekking and sightseeing trek. For instance, Mt. Kailash Trek is a typical pilgrimage trekking tour in Tibet. It is also a tour of hiking Tibet.

    For some trekkers, it is also a great challenge to trek at over 4000 meters above sea level in average. A hiking Tibet tour requires good fitness condition, well preparation and strong perseverance. Besides, Tibet trekking is not feasible from December to March as the temperature goes very low and the days become much shorter. Generally from April to October is the best season for considering a Tibet tour. However, it really depends on route taken. A normal winter Tibet tour schedule is quite comfortable, because in winter, the tourist rush is lesser, so the beautiful scenery can be enjoyed.

    Mountaineering

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  • Weather

    As one of the highest cities in the world, Lhasa has over 3,000 hours of sunshine on average per year, famed as 'City of Sunlight'. However, it has a mild weather all year round, without hot summers or cold winters. Annual rainfall here is considerable and mainly falls from June to September. From March to October, the climate becomes mild and humid, so this is the best season to pay a visit. Please find below more information on the best seasons:


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  • Clothing & Accessories

    The type of clothing you bring depends on which parts of Tibet you are going to visit. Casual attire is recommended. Warm clothing is a must to ensure a comfortable tour. You can count on experiencing the sudden onset of foul weather as well as temperature extremes while you are there. Clothing should be layered so that one can adapt to the changing conditions since temperatures may vary greatly within a single day. A down coat is necessary for those who are traveling beyond Lhasa and Shigatse into more remote areas such as the Everest Camp. A windbreaker plus a sweater will work nicely for strolling around Lhasa in summer. During the peak tourism season, frequent rainfall makes waterproof clothing and raingear absolute necessities. Other essentials to pack include four or five pairs of cotton or woolen underwear, four or five pairs of woolen socks, long sleeve cotton or lightweight wool shirts and T-shirts. Women should avoid skirts or dresses. Comfortable, sturdy sneakers, walking shoes, or hiking boots are also recommended. Don't forget to bring along a warm hat as well as one or two pairs of warm mittens or gloves.

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  • Communication

    Nowadays, communication in Tibet is much more developed than before. Tibet is no longer shut away from the outside world as it was several years ago. The development of communication provides great convenience to travelers in Tibet. Most of the Standard hotels provide International call, fax service and photocopy facilities in Lhasa. Mobile phone services are also available in Lhasa and other major towns. Pagers and mobile phones with roaming function also provide tourists with a convenient alternative form of communication. Internet is another alternative which is accessible to travelers. There are dozens of internet cafes in Lhasa and other major towns. In Kailash-route, International call services available in Saga, Paryang, Darchen. Also mobile phone services are available in most of the places nowadays.
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  • Currency

    Foreign currency and traveler's checks can be exchanged only at the Bank of China, which has one main office in Lhasa and a few sub-branches in Lhasa, Shigatse, Lhoka, and Nyingchi. Passports must be provided to exchange to currency you need. And for the traveler's checks, you will need to sign it and display your passports at the front desk. Banks are open only a few hours on Saturdays and Sundays in Tibet. Normally when your Tibetan tour guide and driver transfer you to Lhasa on the first day, please remind them that you need to go to Bank of China which is about 1 km to west of Potala Palace, then you can get your money exchanged and it will save you a lot of time.

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  • Electricity

    Basically there are two main standards for voltage and frequency in the world. One is the standard of 120 volts at a frequency of 60 Hz, and the other is the standard of 220–240 volts at 50 Hz. China uses generally 220V, 50HZ, AC (Hong Kong is 200V; Taiwan is 110V).


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  • Altitude Sickness

    Those with chronic health problems like heart problem, asthmatic, lung problem and blood pressure should consult the doctor before making travel plans for Tibet. Most people visiting Tibet rarely suffer more than mild discomfort before getting acclimatized. Simple symptoms like headache, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders can happen before the acclimatization. Here are some of the precautions you may take before entering Tibet according to previous experiences:

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