Lhasa the Tibetan Capital

On June 14, 2011, in Adventure Trip, Cultural Experience, Lhasa, Tibet, by Jack Li

The land of Tibet represents one of the most mystic and religious region, to discover in China. It is easily accessible thanks to Travel to Tibet which gives the opportunity to book flight to Gonggar airport, situated very close to the Tibetan capital Lhasa. Lhasa “The Land of Gods”, is the core of Tibet, The […]

The land of Tibet represents one of the most mystic and religious region, to discover in China. It is easily accessible thanks to Travel to Tibet which gives the opportunity to book flight to Gonggar airport, situated very close to the Tibetan capital Lhasa.

Lhasa “The Land of Gods”, is the core of Tibet, The capital is more than 1300 years old, and is located just in a valley close to the Lhasa River. Tourists can easily accommodate booking through Hotel China, as the city provides all the necessary facilities and various types of accomodations. Tourists within the city can perceive a Chinese influence in the architecture, but the Tibetan capital  has still maintained old  traditions especially in the Eastern end district around the Jokhang and the Barkhor. Along this same area it is possible to admire local Tibetans wearing the traditional dress engaging on the Kora which is a prey journey around the major Buddhist shrine. Meanwhile On the other side of the city (Western end) the city is modern and developed surprising tourists in many aspects.

Jonkhang also better known for its Jokhang Temple, located on Barkhor Square,  for most of the locals represents the most sacred temple in the region. The temple was constructed on the 7th century and it is a blend of different architectural styles such as Indian, Chinese and Nepalese design. It is also known as the house of Buddha, indeed the temple is home of the original statue of Jowo Sakyamuni Buddha that princess Wen Cheng brought from Chang’an over 1300 years ago making the place the most sacred in Tibet. Just surrounding the temple is positioned a circular street called Barkhor Street market where tourist can enjoy on bargain with the Tibetan vendors, the street it’s also place of Buddisth pilgrims at night time.

Another important site that tourist can miss out when they travel to Lasha is the Potala Palace. The latter has been rebuilt several times, by Songtsen Gampo during the 7th century, by the Fifth Dalai Lama and the Thirteenth Dalai Lama who enlarges and repaired it what is today actual structure. Since that time the palace has always hosted the Dalai Lama with more than a thousand rooms. The palace contains many relicts such as the gold hand written-Buddhist scriptures, valuable gifts from the Chinese emperors and a lot of priceless antiques. Furthermore in 1994 the palace became part of the UNESCO World Heritage List Around the area almost one mile south from the Potala Palace is located the Summer Palace built by the Seventeenth Dalai, which includes a zoo, botanic gardens and a mansion

However to get into the region of Tibet requires a special visit permit for those non-Chinese tourist, in order to avoid negative issues it is always better to contact a Tibet Tour. From Lasha is also possible to visit different destinations as several Tibet tours depart from the Capitol. It is strongly advise to visit the Yamdrok lake (labelled as sacred lake) which is almost 80 miles away from Lasha and represents one of the third largest lakes in Tibets.

A Chinese Utopia — Shangri-la

On May 12, 2011, in Tibet, Tips & Ideas, Tours, by Jack Li

Shangri-La is such a wonderful place that it can satisfy the need that you want to have a Tibet tour and enjoy the beauty of the grassland in Inner Mongolia.Shangri-La tour is one of the most famous China tours around the world. Beneath billowig clouds,in China’s far South western Yunnan province, there lies a place […]

Shangri-La is such a wonderful place that it can satisfy the need that you want to have a Tibet tour and enjoy the beauty of the grassland in Inner Mongolia.Shangri-La tour is one of the most famous China tours around the world.

Beneath billowig clouds,in China’s far South western Yunnan province, there lies a place of mystery and legend of mighty rivers and some of the oldest jungles in the world.


It was the British wirter James Hiton’s novel, The Lost Horizon, some 50 years ago, that brought fame to an unknown and uncontaminated place-Shangri-la –a household name. The novel described in great detail the stunnin scenery in the area : the azure sky ,jte breathtaking beauty and the hospitality of unsophisticated people who welcome weary travelers to their homeland.In Tibetan ,Shangri-La means a place of good fortune and luck.

Located in the midst of the three rivers; the torrential Jinsha ,Langcan and Nujiang, Shangri-La is a sacred scenic region with distinguishing features, Scores of years have withnessed of the failure of numberous efforts to seek  out and pinpoint the exact lacation of the dreamland.A few years ago , after years of persistent searching and researching ,the government of Yunnan Province finally declared the discovery of Shangri-la and the lost horizon was recovered in Diqing ,this stunning prefecture in Yunnan Province.

A popularly believed inspiration for Shangri-La is the Hunza Valley in northern Pakistan, close to the Tibetan border, which Hilton visited a few years before Lost Horizon was published. Being an isolated green valley surrounded by mountains, enclosed on the western end of the Himalayas, it closely matches the description in the novel. A Shangri-La resort in the nearby Skardu valley is a popular tourist attraction.

Shangri-La is inhabited by many different ethnic groups, with the Tibetans comprising the majority of the population. There you will have an opportunity to experience Tibetan life and learn about their lifestyle, religion and cuisine. The unique scenery, highlighted by plateaus, together with the fascinating ethnic culture makes Shangri-La very attractive and charming to visit.

Shangri-La is rich in natural resources from valuable herbs to rich mineral deposits (including gold, silver, copper, manganese and many other rare metals) to abundant animal resources (such as golden monkeys, leopards and musk deer). Shangri-La is a land full of natural wonders.

As a Chinese saying goes, “The earliest sunrise is seen in Shangri-La; and the most unique place is also there”. Once you visit, you will fully appreciate the meaning of this saying. In addition, the warm welcome of the residents of this land will make you feel at home.

Without a railway line and with only a small regional airport within its boundaries, Shangri-La mainly relies on its roads as the main means of transportation. The Yunnan – Tibet Road, Sichuan – Tibet Road and Xikang – Tibet Road all pass through there, which really brings more convenience to the local land traffic.

Tips for Your Tourist Package in Tibet

On December 23, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Tibet boasts the world’s highest mountain-Mount Everest, Qomolangma, the highest river—Yarlong Tsangpo River, the highest lake–Namtso Lake, the “Sunlight City”–Lhasa and other tourist attractions like its Buddhist heritage. Choose Tibet as one of the destinations of your China Tours. You are advised to join a tourist package to go there instead of travel alone. Since […]

Tibet boasts the world’s highest mountain-Mount Everest, Qomolangma, the highest river—Yarlong Tsangpo River, the highest lake–Namtso Lake, the “Sunlight City”–Lhasa and other tourist attractions like its Buddhist heritage.

Choose Tibet as one of the destinations of your China Tours.

You are advised to join a tourist package to go there instead of travel alone. Since the travel agent will arrange everything perfect for your, including China Flights, hotels, itineraries and things alike, so you don’t need to worry about them.

However, there is one thing you should thing over. Tibet is over 3000 meters above sea level and many areas are above 5000 meters. Chances are that you will be affected by this high altitude and suffer from high altitude sickness.

Those who are planning to visit Tibet should know something about the Acute Mountain Sickness and those who already decided the trip may need these tips to acclimatize the altitude and alleviate the sickness.

What Is Acute Mountain Sickness

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is common at high altitudes, and depends on the elevation, the rate of ascent and individual susceptibility. Most visitors to Tibet will suffer from at least some symptoms that will generally disappear through acclimatization in several hours to several days.

For the majority of people, the reaction will be a matter of discomfort, breathlessness, poor sleeping patterns or limited capacity for physical exertion. In some, more serious reactions can develop. These can be potentially life-threatening conditions that may only be relieved by moving to a lower altitude; travelers should inform themselves about the symptoms so that they can recognize them.

Suggestions

People with serious heart diseases should not visit Tibet. Those with less serious heart problems need to consult a doctor before traveling.

Those with high or low blood pressure need to consult a doctor before traveling.

Tips to Alleviate the Sickness

No.1 Try to keep healthy and not to catch a cold before entering Tibet.

No.2 The first day arriving in Tibet, suggest visitors not take a bath and smokers not smoke.

No.3 Drink plenty of water while traveling in Tibet. The mountain air is dry and cold and moisture is lost as you breathe. Evaporation of sweat may occur unnoticed and result in dehydration.

No.4 Eat light, high-carbohydrate meals for more energy and avoid alcohol as it may increase the risk of dehydration.

No.5 Tell your guide quickly if you don’t feel well and follow guide’s advice.

No.6 It is advisable to use sunscreen, sunglasses lip creams to protect your eyes and skin, for Tibet’s high altitude and the atmosphere allow the sun’s solar radiation to strike the earth with unusual intensity.

No.7 In addition to the normal medications for traveling it is advisable to bring high altitude medication. Ask your doctor for suggestions.

No.8 Avoid sedatives.

No.9 Don’t push yourself when climbing up to passes, rather take plenty of breaks.

The best time to start your Travel to Tibet would be around May to July, and September to October. Wish you a pleasant an unforgettable experience there.

Respect the Local Customs on Your Travel to Tibet City

On December 6, 2010, in China Travel Gossip, Cultural Experience, Tibet, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

Travel to Tibet is a lot of travelers’ dreams. It is a holy and mysterious city. Tibetans there have a very different culture style and customs. So you’d better know the intricacies in advance before going on your Tibet Tours. No.1 no killing The greatest taboo for people living in Tibet plateau is killing. Buddhist monks and nuns are very strict with this point. They […]

Travel to Tibet is a lot of travelers’ dreams. It is a holy and mysterious city. Tibetans there have a very different culture style and customs. So you’d better know the intricacies in advance before going on your Tibet Tours.

No.1 no killing

The greatest taboo for people living in Tibet plateau is killing. Buddhist monks and nuns are very strict with this point. They think that life never hurts, ranging from insects to people. Even when children are hurting insects, they would not hesitate to stop them.

No.2 no shouting when climbing over high mounts

Don’t shout when you are climbing on mounts, because Tibetans suggest the shouting would infuriate the God of mounts and bring snow and lightning.

No.3 no touching of sutras in the temple

When you enter a temple, please don’t touch sutras, Buddhist statues, paintings and musical instruments and never leap from the tops, or you will defile the God in Tibetans opinion.

No.4 no feet facing the Buddha shrine when you sleep

It is also regarded as a defile behavior letting your feet face shrine. In addition, you cannot put the mattress turned over when making the bed. Because only some one passed away can do it.

No.5 no directly handing the broom to other people

Tibetans think that it will bring evil to a person who accepts the broom if you hand it directly. You’d better leave it on the floor, letting him or her pick it up by himself or herself.

No.6 no strangers for visiting when some one is ill at home

At that time, locals in east Tibet will put some tree branches at the door as imply.

No.7 no pouring wine or tea by yourself

When you are visiting some Tibetans’ home, don’t pour wine or tea for yourself, the host will do it for you and you should drink at least 3 cups of wine or tea to show your respect to the family. Please don’t make any noise when drinking.

No.8 no lighting up a cigarette by the Buddhas butter lamp

When entering a Tibetans’ home, please sit down following the rule: The—men sit left and women sit right and remember don’t point your feet towards the direction where the old Buddha is and never let the butter lamp consecrate the Buddha.

No.9 no eating livestock with a single hoof and animal meat with sharp claws.

No matter how poor Tibetans would be, they never eat single hoof livestock such as horses and donkeys, dogs or cats with sharp claws etc. Besides, Tibetans suggest that meat slaughtered that day suggest that animals cannot eat at that very day.

No.10 no holding event when encountered fierce stars

You’d better ask them clearly if you want to invite some locals to do something. Tibetans have a lot of taboos according to stars and five elements theory. For instance, unlike most of us, Tibetans consider their zodiac years as disaster years and when some locals plan to go far away from home, they not only have taboos on fierce stars but also certain star time—Sundays. Especially in the date of 2nd, 8th, 14th and 24th, they never go far away from home.

You see, there are not a few special culture and customs for travel to Tibet. Please keep it in mind clearly. I hope you can learn something from this passage before you go to Tibet. Book your trip? Click here to arrange your trip Air China.

China Holiday Travel in Tibet

On December 1, 2010, in Cool Places, Cultural Experience, Tibet, by Jack Li

Sacred and saintly, holy and pure, grand and spectacular, mysterious and adventurous…That’s the way travelers always define Tibet. What are you waiting for! If you are planning a china travel, don’t hesitate! Pack your luggage and Travel to Tibet right now, you will find an amazing place with all these qualities and more. A holy […]

Sacred and saintly, holy and pure, grand and spectacular, mysterious and adventurous…That’s the way travelers always define Tibet. What are you waiting for! If you are planning a china travel, don’t hesitate! Pack your luggage and Travel to Tibet right now, you will find an amazing place with all these qualities and more.

A holy and pure land for true love

It has been said that Tibet is a must-see place for lovers all around the world, for it is well-known for the snow-mountains stretching out thousands of miles, which is a symbol of pure love. Year by year, thousands of couples leave their vows in this wonderful place.

Tibet—a place closest to heaven

The Potala Palace (in Lhasa, Tibet) has been for years the religious centre of Tibetan Buddhism and the symbol of Tibetan spirit and culture. It was built by a King of ancient Tibet as a wedding present for a political alliance at first. Later on, this grand building had been used as Lama temple, appealing to numberless pilgrims.

Tibet shopping

Thangka
Thangkas are traditional Tibetan artworks with painted or embroidered images rendered on cloth, silk or paper and are mounted on a cloth backing. They may be rolled up like a scroll when not hung. The material used for Thangkas is linen cloth, coarse woolen fabric, silk or paper. The cloth needs to be prepared first and then the artist sketches the portraits with charcoal sticks, usually beginning in the center. Color comes last with pigments from non-transparent minerals and plants such as malachite and cinnabar. They are mixed with animal glue and ox bile to maintain the color’s luster.

Fresco
Tibetan fresco painting is an important part of Tibetan art. Frescoes include the images of Buddha in his many manifestations, portraits of saints, great masters, founders of various Buddhist sects and the stories of their lives, wars, scenes of manual labor, construction of monasteries and everyday life of the people.

Wooden Tablet Painting
Wooden tablet painting represents yet another branch of Tibetan art. Its subjects and pictorial composition are similar to those of Thangka and the difference is that the pictures are drawn on wooden tablets of various shapes. Some of them have handles for holding and hanging.

Sand Painting
In a sand painting, colored sand and minerals are placed inside a cone with a tiny hole at the tip. The sand will flow out of the whole to form a single line in the picture.

Bronze
Bronze sculpting is a complicated, difficult and time-consuming process that sometimes many artists spend their wholes without seeing the finished product. Tibetan artists absorbed the influences of Han, Nepalese and Indian sculpture and developed a style and craft of their own that is distinctively Tibetan.

Clay Sculpture
Many clay sculptures of Buddha, saints and great figures exist today, some still with treasures preserved inside.

Clay Modeling
Clay modeling of miniatures represents a form of artistic expression in Tibetan Buddhism. As the process is not difficult and the material is easily obtainable, such art is turned out in large quantities in

Wood and Stone Carving
These beautiful engravings lavishly decorate the columns, beams, doors, windows and crossbeam supports in Tibetan monasteries and temples. Shrines, platforms, altars, stupas and some ritual objects are often adorned with wood or stone carving.

Ritual Objects
The ritual objects of Tibetan Buddhism may be divided into six groups symbolizing respect, praise, attendance, devotion, protection and guidance. Kasayas, necklaces and hadas (ceremonious scarves) are symbols of respect. Bells, drums, bone flutes, and six-string lutes symbolize praise. The Buddha’s throne, water vessels, flower baskets, and canopies belong to the attendance group. Rosary beads, the fish-shaped wooden percussion instrument, scepters, bells, and initiation vessels are used to show devotion. Images of protective deities and secret messages signify protection. Wheels, cylinders, tablets, banners and stones with the “Six-Syllable True Teaching” on them symbolize guidance.

Butter Sculpture
Most butter sculptures produced in Lhasa and elsewhere are made for the Lamp Festival on the fifteenth day of the first month of the Tibetan year. The butter is first mixed with ice water, and then mineral dyes are mixed in Tibet.

Masks
Masks depict the range of beings from deities to men and animals, religious dances and folk tales. Those depicting humans are carved to display a certain characteristic such as honesty, harshness, greed or humor. Animals on masks are mainly deer, yaks, sheep and birds.

Tibet restaurant

Although Lhasa is the capital of Tibet, tourists will still find that the food available here is largely what can be found in other parts of China. Sichuan style cooking is very popular. The standard of restaurants and cooking has vastly improved in recent years and Tibetan food is becoming increasingly popular with visitors. The local staples are tsampa (roasted barley bread), momo (dumplings filled with vegetables and meat) and thukpa (noodles with meat). The most popular area for dining is the Tibetan quarter near Barkhor Square.

PRICE GUIDE
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Dunya Restaurant and Bar
Add: 100 Beijing Dong Lu Next to the Yak Hotel Lhasa, Tibet
Tel: +86 891 6333374
Description: An excellent selection of international and Tibetan dishes in a pleasant and hygienic environment.
Opening Hours: Kitchen open 8.00 – 22.00; bar open 12.00 – 24.00
Average Spending: $
Credit Cards: Major credit cards
Menu: Chinese, English
Language Spoken: Mandarin, English

Welcome to Travel to Tibet, enjoy your time and good luck!

Tashilhunpo Monastery- Shigatse

On November 11, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Monasteries, Tibet, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

The Tashilhunpo Monastery is situated  just west of a small city called Shigatse, which is the old ancient capital of Tibet it’s very pretty I would recommend a visit. The best way to get around is to do what the locals do and rent bikes, they cost about 30RMB they makes it really quick and easy […]

The Tashilhunpo Monastery is situated  just west of a small city called Shigatse, which is the old ancient capital of Tibet it’s very pretty I would recommend a visit. The best way to get around is to do what the locals do and rent bikes, they cost about 30RMB they makes it really quick and easy to sight-see and get around. However if that’s not your scene log onto china travel to get some great tours and travel tips.

Tashilhunpo Monastery

The Tashilhunpo Monastery sits at the top of the Nyima Mountain amongst vast landscape and beautiful scenery. It represents the Tibetan super architecture art in the last Tibetan spirit. The monastery is still fully working with monks praying and worshipping daily, it also attracts thousands of visiting Buddhist and tourist all year round. The Tashilhunpo Monastery was founded in 1447, the literal meaning of the name in Tibetan is ‘heap of glory’ since then the monastery has grown almost double in size. The Monastery is one of the four great monasteries of the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism, thus making it one of the must see places when visiting this area. The Monastery seeks to provide the Tibetan monks the best possible modern education, along with a deep and intimate understanding of the heritage of Tibet.

The view from the Monastery

A trip to the monastery is a very pleasant and relaxing day, it’s great to walk round and take in the natural and ornate buildings and status. Like many other places in china, the monastery has a magnificent golden roof  that can be seen reflecting the sun from miles away. If this account has inspired you to want to travel Beijing but don’t know where to start for some great low cost travel idea’s go to China Tours. Or if you need advice on hotels go to China Hotels.

Things You Need to Consider Before Tour Tibet

Tibet is the sacred and pure land for both Chinese and international visitors. But Tibet Tours are quite different from other city tours in China. For example, the climate in Tibet is typical plateau climate which provides low air pressure and rare oxygen. The sunshine time is longer than the inland cities and the radiation […]

Tibet is the sacred and pure land for both Chinese and international visitors. But Tibet Tours are quite different from other city tours in China. For example, the climate in Tibet is typical plateau climate which provides low air pressure and rare oxygen. The sunshine time is longer than the inland cities and the radiation of sun is very strong, which is easily to get your skin burned or eye problems. When you book hotels in Tibet, you may also need to know the qualities and prices of China Hotels. So this article will give you some notice and hope it can let you have a more pleasant Tibet trip.

Acute High Altitude Disease (AHAD). This disease is the most likely problem you may come across first in Tibet. This is caused by not adapted to the high altitude in Tibet (4km on average). Normal symptoms include headache, breathing difficulty, anorexia, fever, dizzy feeling or lack of strength. How to alleviate or avoid these reactions? First, do not be afraid of this disease. Some reactions are generated by patients’ mind rather than the real environment. Secondly, avoid running, walking too fast, heavy labor work during the first period. Thirdly, Eat more vegetables and fruits but do not have too much food that will aggravate the burdens of digesting organs. In addition, take some medicines, such as Dan Shen Wan, Hong Jing Tian or ginseng pills, if it is necessary. Usually, the AHAD symptoms disappear within 2 days for strong people, and 3-7 days for weak ones. Tibet butter tea, a local food, is also helpful to reduce these symptoms. Please notice patients with severe diseases should not go to Tibet for your own safety.

Tibet Accommodations. With the development of tourism and more visitors in Tibet, the qualities and conditions of accommodations in Tibethave improved a lot. In Lhasa, there are normal hostel and 4-star hotels. In other smaller cities, like Shigatse, Zedag, there are some 3-star hotels for you to choose. You can also bring tents and sleep bags, if adventure trips are included in your plan. But if you are following a travel agency, the sleeping bag may still need to be carried so that in some remote areas you could use it for cleaning and cold weathers.

Best Periods for Trip. The best season for Tibet tours is between April and October. The most beautiful views of Tibet are during the period, though the prices for shopping, accommodation and food are more expensive. Some most important festivals for Tibetans, like Shoton Festival, are within these months. However, from June to August is the rain season in Tibet. And it could be a disaster and unpredictable. The road could be damaged by just one overnight rains and you need to find other routes. So remember to bring some water-proof clothes or umbrellas.

Entry Permit. The most important thing that you need to know before planning Tibet tours is to get the entry permits! The international visitors must join a travel agency and ask them to apply those permits for you. Without these documents, you will have problems while boarding the airplane to Tibet. Usually there are two kinds of entry permits. One is only for Lhasa, the other one is required to get to other cities in Tibet.

Souvenirs. There are many interesting but not expensive Tibetan stuffs to buy, such as traditional jewelries, art works, bracelets made by yak bones, turquoise necklace. Some must-buy gifts would be carpets, tapestries, Thang-ga and Tibetan medicines, like Cordyceps and saffron (traditional Chinese herbs). Tibetan medicines are great for chronic stomach diseases and arthropathias.

Travel to Tibet will not be as comfortable and relaxed as other tours. It will be tough but deserve your good preparations. Since Tibet has become a sensitive political spot since the riot in 2008, international travelers have to follow a travel agency for Tibet tours. So for your own convenience, my last suggestion would be to contact official travel services in China and ask them to arrange everything for you.

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The Paradise for Hikers in Tibet—-Metok

On November 3, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Cool Places, Must-sees, Tibet, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

We all know that there are so many beautiful places in China for you to go for a hike. Such as the scenery of tropical rain forest in Xishuangbanna, the lofty Mount Taishan in Shandong, the nice beach in Sanya, Hainan, etc. You have many choices during your china travel. Among all the sceneries in […]

We all know that there are so many beautiful places in China for you to go for a hike. Such as the scenery of tropical rain forest in Xishuangbanna, the lofty Mount Taishan in Shandong, the nice beach in Sanya, Hainan, etc. You have many choices during your china travel. Among all the sceneries in China, Metok, a small town in Tibet, may be the most special one. Located on the southern slope of the Himalayas, covering an area of 30,550sqkm, metok is the only county with no highway link to the outside world in China. In other words, metok is a remote county in Tibet. However, metok is the ideal place to go for a hike if you Travel to Tibet.

Metok is the northern most tropical rain forest on earth with the name “Tibet’s Xishuangbanna’s”. The rainfall there rank top one in China. In this place, you can see the special sight that four seasons are all in one mountain. Because the frequent mud-rock flow there, it is hard to build a highway. You have to scale a snow-covered mountain as high as four thousand meters and slide through a cable sliding, and then you can enter this mysterious paradise in Tibet.

The best time for travel: The best time for hiking starts from the early June to the middle of October. It is the best time for drifting in Yalu Tsangpo River in August and September. When it comes to winter, it is the high time to enter the gorges of Yalu Tsangpo River and explore the sights in Metok.

The must see attractions:

1. Plants in Metok: Metok is a paradise with plants remains green all the year round. Situated in the lower reach of the Brahmaputra River, Motuo boasts a typical sub-tropical moist climate, which brings plenty of rainfall and spring-like days all year round. Meanwhile, standing 1,000 meters above the sea level on average, Metok is surrounded by snow-capped mountains in three sides. So even though it seems quite strange to enjoy tropical fruits like pineapples while enjoying the scenery of snow-capped mountains. But the special climate condition in Metok makes it possible. It has rich forest and the forest cover rate is rather high (over 90%). What is more, there are as many as 1200 kinds of plants in Metoc with some rare species. Such as lagerstroemia minuticarpa, a small bush in other places can grow up to a height of 50 meters in Metok. As a result, it has been dubbed the “Natural Museum of Tibet” or “Tibetan Botanical Garden”.

2. Yalu Tsangpo River cable sliding

You have to go cross the river with the help of a cable sliding. For a long time, it is the only way to cross the river. The cable sliding contains one steel wire rope. Wear the safety rope and slide through the river with the water rolling on beneath. The river’s width is around 120 meters and the rope is as long as 200 meters. Because of its length, you could not reach the other side of the river immediately. What is more, you need to use your hand to climb so that you can go across the last several meters. It is a severe test for your strength and willpower.

3. Beibeng Waterfall

As an untouched place in China, Metoc is rich of natural waterfalls, such as Gela Waterfall, Didong Waterfall, Mihan Waterfall, etc.

4. Vine Bridge

The other way to cross the river is to go over the bridge made of vine. There is no wood and no iron nail, people in Metoc just use a kind of vine grows in the local rain forest to build this special bridge. Because of the wind and people’s weight, the bridge moves side to side when you step on it. So it needs some courage to go cross a vine bridge of 400 meters.

Hope you have a nice time during Tibet Tours.

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Ten Travel Strategies in Tibet

On November 2, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Cool Places, Must-sees, Restaurants & Food, Tibet, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

With countless mysterious tales come down from the ages, Tibet is a place with snowcapped mountains, clear waters, green grass, splendid palatial halls and colorful sutra streamers. But if you know more about it, you can explore this mysterious place more easily when you Travel to Tibet. Here are the ten travel strategies for travelers […]

With countless mysterious tales come down from the ages, Tibet is a place with snowcapped mountains, clear waters, green grass, splendid palatial halls and colorful sutra streamers. But if you know more about it, you can explore this mysterious place more easily when you Travel to Tibet. Here are the ten travel strategies for travelers in Tibet Tours.

1. Transportation in Tibet

By train: If you choose to get Tibet by train, pay attention to the starting station in China. Now there are stations of departure in Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Xining and Lanzhou. Among all these starting stations, Beijing has one train for Tibet every day and the rests have one train for Tibet every second day. All these stations sell tickets 10 days in advance. If you do not want to miss your vacation in Tibet, book your ticket ahead of time (especially the high tourist season, summer and autumn).

By plane: If it is the first time for you to be there, you had better be prepared of the suddenly changed atmospheric pressure there, you may feel uncomfortable for the absence of oxygen. And if you can accommodate yourself to changes there, you are encouraged to travel there by train to experience the magnificent environment there.

By car: There are four ways to travel to Tibet by car, namely Sichuan-Tibet, Yunnan-Tibet, Qinghai-Tibet and Xinjiang-Tibet. The road condition of Qinghai-Tibet is best and the most challenging one is Xinjiang-Tibet. Avoid the rainy season (late June to late august), the road may be muddy during this time.

2. Accommodation

In the main towns of Tibet, it is easy to find a star hotel. While in the remote areas, the accommodation is much crude and simple. Book your hotel in advance is the best way to get your journey guaranteed.

3. Must see attractions in each scenic area

a. Lhasa: Lhasa is rich of various of wonders. In the center city, there are three world cultural heritages in all. And the scenery of Namco Lake is quite attractive. You are advised to spend three days in Lhasa.

b. Nyingchi: Nying chi is famous for its natural landscape. Such as Yarlung Zangbo Jiang.

c. Rigeze: .Mount Qomolangma

d. Naque: Pay a visit to the festival for racing horses and Doka skeleton wall if you have enough time.

e. Ali: Site of the Guge Kingdom, Toling monastery.

4.      Things to pay attention to

  1. Altitude sickness: pay attention to your body and be relaxed. Drink more water and have some light diet to keep away for sickness.
  2. Public order:Public order in Tibet is better than you think. Just take good care of yourself
  3. Customs in Tibet: People in Tibet are enthusiastic and hospitable with a lot of special custom. But do not worry if you do not know what to do. Do as the Romans do and respect their way of living.

5. Expenses:

For most tourists who are in a package tour in Tibet, they spend most of their money in shopping and entertainment except their fares for package tours.

6. Three travel styles:

  1. Attend a package tour in the city you live in. It is the most expensive and the most convenient way to travel, for there is one more intermediary agent between you and your tourism destination.
  2. Contract a local agency and attend a package arranged by it. It is better for a tour of a company, a organization or families.
  3. Get Tibet first and attend a package tour in local Tibet. This is good for an individual traveler.

7. Chartered cars in Tibet:

a. Cross country vehicle: four seats or less.

b. Business Purpose Vehicle: ten seats or less.

c. Tour bus: ten seats and more.

8. Tibet Specialty:

a. Tonic: Chinese caterpillar fungus, crocuses, Rhodiola sachalinensis A. Bor etc.

b. Handicraft: Zangdao, argentine jewellery, The Tibetan art of scroll painting, or Tangka.

c. Food: yak meat, barley wine, zanba (roasted highland barley flour), buttered tea, yak yogurt.

9. Entertainment

a. Sing and dance show:

b. Bars in Tibet: The bars there are in a typical style, especially in the old streets in Lhasa.

b. Sweet tea House: a place rich of local custom and economical at the same time.

10. Certificates in Tibet:

a. Frontier pass: If you want to go to the border district in Tibet, you need to have a frontier pass, you can get one with the help of local agencies or public security department in your own residence.

b. Tibet entry permit: If you just have a foreign passport or a Taiwan passport, you need to get a Tibet entry permit before you enter Tibet. You can get one with the help of local international agencies.

Hope you enjoy your time during your China Tours.

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Dos and Don’ts During Your Tibet Tour

On October 25, 2010, in Cultural Experience, by Jack Li

Tibet is a mysterious land with its unique customers and conventions which shall be respected by all travelers. However most travelers may not know exactly what they should do and what they shouldn’t do in Tibet. Here in this article I will provide some information of Dos and Don’ts in Tibet from various aspects. Hope […]

Tibet is a mysterious land with its unique customers and conventions which shall be respected by all travelers. However most travelers may not know exactly what they should do and what they shouldn’t do in Tibet. Here in this article I will provide some information of Dos and Don’ts in Tibet from various aspects. Hope it will be helpful for people who are on Tibet Tours during their china travel.

 1.      In eating and drinking

When proposing a toast, the guests should first dip some wine with their ring fingers and flick their fingers three times to offer sacrifice to Heaven, Earth and Ancestors. And then they take a sip of the wine and wait for the host to fill the bowl. Do like this three times. When the host has finished filling the bowl for the third time, the guests should drink up the wine at one time. In drinking buttered tea, the guests should take the tea with both hands when the host offers the tea to their front. Don’t eat meat of donkeys, horses or dogs as they are forbidden by the Tibetan people. By the way, don’t make your mouth full when eating and don’t make any noises when eating or drinking.

 2.      In words and deeds

If you visit someone’s family, you should sit with your legs crossed properly. Don’t straighten your legs with your soles towards others and don’t look around. On entering a house, take care not to stamp on the threshold or on eating wares. Don’t spit or clap in front of others or touch others heads with your hands. Another warning is that don’t visit others in the evening. Tibetan people use honorifics a lot. So to be polite, you’d better learn some honorifics. For example, you can add “la” to the end of your addresses to others, they will feel happy with this. 

 3.      About religion

Tibet is a religious place so you should obey their religious practices. Specifically, if you come across temples and monasteries, you should walk around them from left to right, by no means the other way. Don’t enter a temple of monastery without permission. And smoking is not allowed in such places. You can look at the temples but don’t touch anything unless you are allowed to. Don’t go counterclockwise. Don’t across instruments or fan pans used in a religious place. When you meet a monk or lama, press your hands together and bend your head slightly, don’t try to shake hands or hug with him.

 4.      About animals

Don’t beat dogs. The Tibetan people love dogs very much. Sometimes you can see oxen and sheep with red, yellow and green clothes hanging on their bodies. Don’t drive them or hurt them. Tibetan people use them to offer sacrifices to gods. Don’t shoot black eagles which are regarded as sacred by Tibetan people.

 5.      About gifts

Travelers are suggested to take some small gifts with them such as cigarettes, candies and stationery. They can send these gifts to Tibetan children and this will help them communicate with the locals. But remember don’t give them money.

If you don’t know the above dos and don’ts, you are advised to take them down for they may help you a lot in your Tibet Tours. Remember travel to Tibet is very different from Travel to Shanghai, you should be well prepared. And these dos and don’ts are essentials in your preparation.

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