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Tibet Travel FAQ 

 

Q: How about Tibet weather and climate?

A:

In fact, the Tibetan climate is not as harsh as many people imagine it to be. It is suitable for travel to Tibet from April to the beginning of November, and the best time is August and September. But if you only stay in Lhasa, you can go there anytime of the year.
Sun radiation is extremely strong in Tibet. The sunlight in Lhasa is so intense that the city is called Sunlight City. The thin air can neither block off nor retain heat so that the temperature extremes can be met in daytime and the same night respectively in Tibet. However it is not impossible to visit the holy snow land. May, June and September are the tourism season in east Tibet.
Most annual rainfall comes in the rainy season that starts from June to September. Usually it rains at night in Lhasa, Shigatse and Chamdo area. The rainfall may block roads and make travel difficult but the scenery at the time will be the best.
Here is some more specific information in different areas:
• Lhasa /Shigatse /Lhatse /Tingri /Nyalan: Along the Friendship highway is basically in good conditions year around. But from December to February, the thawed road could make some trouble. Try to avoid August - landslide could happen in the rainy season.
• Mt. Everest Area: Early May and early October are the best time to visit Mt. Everest. Due to the clear weather, you have great chance to see Mt. Everest's true face (if you are lucky). From December to February, you'd better not to go to this area because it is too cold - except you are real Great Adventure People.
• Ali (Mt.Kailash): Even without climate restrictions, this area is already inhospitable. Big rain and snow could make the journey worse. However, for those determined tourists, the appropriate time is May, June, July, September and October.
• Eastern Tibet: Don't go to this area in July or August (the rainy season) because the rain could ruin the road, and make terrible landslides. In winter, the road could be frozen.
• Northern Tibet: With the average altitude of 4,500m, this area offers very limited time for tourists. Summer (July to August) is the prime time to enjoy the great plain in northern Tibet.
 

   
Q: What are some popular places in Tibet?
A: 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. Kailish are the most exciting and accessible areas.
   
Q:  What statue of person need Tibet permit?
A: Foreigners, Taiwanese people who have "TaiboZheng" need TTP (Tibet travel permit). Hongkong and Macao people don’t need TTP anymore. But, travel Agency couldn’t get the Tibet Travel Permit for Journalists, government officers, religion members. Please don’t accept the reservation from the guest with those occupations.
   
Q: What information we need to apply for Tibet permit ?
A: We need all the participants’ send to us the photo copy of two pages of their passport 1-3 weeks before the departure time: one with picture, the other with visa to China. Please scan them and send to us through e-mail: assistant@cnadventure.com.
   
Q: Is independent tour allowed in Tibet?
A: Independent tour is prohibited in Tibet. You should take part in an organized group or have the local travel operator to arrange for you.
   
Q: What should I bring for Tibet tour?
A:  Necessities: Enough films and batteries, Sun-cream with the protection index of 40-60, sunglasses with a sun protection factor of 15, the lip creams and balms with SPF rating, towel, toothpaste, electric torch, snacks. Cloth that you bring must be warm enough and can be removed easily enough according to the weather.
Medicine: In addition to the normal medications for traveling, just like the Aspirin and medicine for diarrhoea,siriasis,sunstroke and carsickness, you should bring some High Altitude medication when you are near the KalakuLi Lake just in case. The " Acetazolamide" is recommended to prevent symptom of acute mountain sickness, or you can ask your local doctor for suggestions.
If possible please prepare some pens, notebooks and books at hand. They are good presents for the local children.
 
   
Q:  How to enter Tibet?
A: 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 train, Beijing West Railway Station, Shanghai Railway station, Lanzhou Railway Station, Chengdu Railway Station, Xining Railway Station and Chongqing Railway Station. Please refer to the Qinghai-Tibet Railway FAQ for detail.
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.
 
   
Q: What currency is acceptable in Tibet?
A: USS 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 USS to Chinese currency in Tibet, you can change in Lhasa Hotel or the Bank of China in Lhasa. The ATM there doesn’t always work properly. we suggest you to bring some cash with you.
   
Q:  What should I keep in mind when I contact with the Tibetans?
A: 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!
 
   
Q: What can I do with Tibetan beggars?
A: 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.
   

 

 
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