Travel guide to Tibet, China, travel tips
Article by Shane Lee
Tibet travel guide,China tours,travel tips
Introduction:Tibet (Xizang), known as the 'Roof of the World', has become a dream destination for climbers, adventurers and regular tourists from all over the world. Visitors are guaranteed to enjoy the enthralling year-round snow, aerial mountains, mysterious religions, exotic customs and spectacular inhabitants of Tibet.
About the permit:1. If you are not a Chinese citizen, you can not travel to Tibet alone. It is illegal to do so. You have to find a Chinese travel agent for your Tibet tours.
2. You will need a "permit to enter Tibet" from the TTB(Tibet Tourism Bureau). Without this permit, you can not buy a plane ticket to Tibet.
3. How to get this permit? You'll need to provide your personal infomation(name,citizenship,age,sex,occupation,passport number),your planned route to Tibet, a basic schedule,purpose of your trip,contact phone number, etc to the local Chinese travel agent or the local office of the TTB. They will need the clear copies of your passport and visa too. You can fax or email these copies to the agent or local TTB office. The TTB need 2 or 3 days to process your application.
How to get in?(1).By air,You can fly to Lhasa. But it is risky to fly to Tibet from a much lower altitude city because of the quick transition.(Altitude sickness) You can use a traditional Tibet medicine named "HongJingTian". It can alleviate your altitude sickness.If you are in Sichuan Province,flying from Chengdu to Lhasa is the easiest option.
(2).By train,The Qinghai to Tibet train began to operate in July 2006. It took less than 48 hours to travel from Beijing to Tibet by train. The cheapest ticket is only 389 RMB but you should realize that it is not so comfort to travel by train in China( So crowded and noisy ).I don't recommend this type of transportation. The only advantage is that you can slowly adapt to Tibet's high altitude instead of a sudden transition of the altitude if you take the plane.
(3).By road,Forget it! This mode of transportation will cost you a few days and the road from Sichuan to Tibet is dangerous!!
New York -- On December 9th and 10th, Tibetans and their supporters marked International Human Rights Day with two days of colorful protests in front of the NYC Chinese Consulate [42nd St & 12th Ave] as part of planned global protests against China's failed policies in Tibet. Tenzin Phuntsok, a former Tibetan monk from Chamdo, Tibet has died after lighting himself on fire on December 2nd, the 12th Tibetan to take such drastic action to protest Chinese rule in Tibet since March 2011. Tibet activists raised a 7-foot pole carrying 100 Tibetan prayer flags printed with more than 34000 in front of the Chinese Consulate to highlight the groundswell of global support for urgent diplomatic action to stop China's crackdown in Tibet. Prominent signatories include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, actor Richard Gere, and the band Radiohead.
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