Visit Tibet Planning Guide
Known as the Roof of the World, Tibet is one of the most interesting
places to visit on earth. It is the seat of the ancient Buddhism, and
it is where stunning landscapes and artistic monasteries dwell. Tibet
is also known for its hidden valleys and caravan trails that are
centuries old. Well, all of these things are what actually make Tibet a
mysterious land worthy to be explored and enjoyed.
However, visiting Tibet is not an easy
thing. There are a lot of things that visitors should know about and
that include the travel documents, transportation to and from Tibet,
language, money, photographing, health, and a lot more. So before you
decide on visiting Tibet, try to know something about the place first.
This is by far the most primary move you can take when planning to
Here are some few tips for you to note before you decide on visiting Tibet:
Travel Documents: Just like the rest of the world, Tibet has its
own requirements set for the tourists to meet. For instance, the
visitors who are non-Chinese passport holders should carry with them an
Alien's Travel Permit and a valid passport for them to enter Tibet. If
you are wondering where to get a visa, note that your local Chinese
consulate provides visas for those who wish to enter China, so you can
go directly to them to get your visa. The permit can be obtained for
about 200 RMB.
Transportation: Tibet is accessible by all modes of
transportation. There are two airports now serving the area, while
there are about five highways extending into Tibet. The longest of
those highways is the Sichuan-Tibet Highway which extends for about
2,413 kilometers. Tibet also has minor roads where only jeeps pass by.
But, buses serve the Lhasa area, charging per passenger for about 2
RMB. In addition, taxis and pedicabs are now available for every
tourist to consider.
Language: If you want to travel to Tibet easily, you should try learning about the Tibetan language
Try to maintain a close contact with the locals and let them teach you
about their local language. Also, you can learn the Tibetan language by
reading some phrases or words and understanding their meaning.
Money: Renminbi (RMB) is the official currency of Tibet. So
when visiting Tibet, know that only the Bank of China offers the
foreign exchange facilities and services, as well as some market
hotels. You can find branches of the Bank of China anywhere in Tibet's
Photographing: In Tibet, photographing in monasteries is highly
permitted. However, there are some restrictions set for those who are
visiting Tibet to follow. In the first place, taking pictures inside
the chapels is highly prohibited. If you get caught taking pictures at
these areas, you will be charged with extremely high rates. So beware
of certain rules maintained in the area of your interest when visiting
People in Tibet
The population of Tibet is made up of various tribes and
ethnicity that includes the native Tibetans, Menpa, Han Chinese, Hui,
Sherpa and a small number of Deng people. Despite the tumultuous and
difficult historical background, the people in Tibet are generally
happy and cheerful. The majority of Tibetans are farmers that are from
little villages, and earn their living by growing barleys and raising
livestock. The people in Tibet are charmingly optimistic in spite of
the grim situation they are presently in. A lot of Tibetans are
struggling with poverty for decades, but the dismal reality doesn't
seem to deter them to have fun every once in a while.
The Han Chinese is the second biggest tribe to occupy Tibet. Several of
then are technicians that were sent to Tibet to aid in the country's
Both Menpa men and women are rather fond of alcohol and snuff.
They usually earn their living by tilling an arable land, hunting and
manufacturing handicrafts which they sell to tourists who are eager to
purchase some cheap souvenir items from the locals.
Meanwhile the Hui people are immigrants from other neighboring
provinces during the Qing Dynasty. They are active in Tibet's business
sector, handicraft industry and animal slaughter.
The Deng people are mainly located in Dyayu, southeast part of Tibet.
They are firm believer on the existence of ghosts but don't look up to
any god. They also have their own dialect, but do not have any written
form of it. The unique thing about the Deng people is the way the keep
records of specials events by fastening ropes or making marks on the
surface of the wood.
Another tribe that makes up the population of Tibet are the
Sherpas, which literally mean "oriental". Majority of theses people
are devout believers of Buddhism and are usually engaged in farming and
The Chinese invasion in the country led to the death and
anguish of many people in Tibet. There were numerous transgressions and
violations that were committed against the human rights by the Chinese
government against the unfortunate people in Tibet. Although this
caused a lot of concern and considerable alarm to other countries, no
measures have been made to stop the incessant discrimination and
damages that are blatantly inflicted by the Chinese. Until the
Tibetan's plea for help will be given attention by the rest of the
world, the people of Tibet will still be at the mercy of the Chinese
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