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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 visit Tibet.

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 public area.

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 Tibet.

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 development.

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 boarder trade.

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 people.

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