Have a General Idea of Tibet

On October 25, 2010, in Lhasa, Nature Scenery, Tibet, Tours, by Jack Li

Nowadays Tibet Tours have become very hot among travelers from all over the world. Although Tibet has gradually unveiled itself to the outside world, to most people it is still a mysterious place for not only for its unique geography but also for its religion and landscapes. This article will give a brief introduction of […]

Nowadays Tibet Tours have become very hot among travelers from all over the world. Although Tibet has gradually unveiled itself to the outside world, to most people it is still a mysterious place for not only for its unique geography but also for its religion and landscapes. This article will give a brief introduction of Tibet mainly from the perspective of its administrative districts. It aims at providing some basic information for travelers who are interested in Tibet and who are planning a Travel to Tibet.

Tibet is located in the southwest frontier of China, covering an area of over 1.2 million square kilometers. For its high elevation of about 4000 meters it has been referred to as “the World Ridge” and “the Third Pole on the Globe”. It lies adjacent to Xinjiang and Qinghai Province, and neighbors Yunnan Province on the southeast. Tibet is administratively divided into one municipality Lhasa and six prefectures: Shigatse, Ali, Shannan, Chamdo, Nagchu and Nyingchi. We will look at them one by one.

 

Located in the center of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, Lhasa is one of the highest cities in the world for its elevation of about 3700 meters. As the capital of Tibet, Lhasa is also the political, economical and cultural center. It accumulates wonders such as Potala Palace (the world’s highest and largest castle palace), Jokhang Temple (from which Lhasa got its name), Barkhor Street (the most famous street for worshipping and souvenirs), Gandan, Sera and Trupeng monasteries (the three greatest monasteries in Tibet) and Namco Lake which is a holy lake worshipped by disciples of Buddhism.

 

Shigatse is the second largest city of Tibet which stands close to the intersection of Yaluzangbu River and Nianchu River. As the former capital of Tibet, Shigatse also has political and religious significance. Here you can also find a lot of monasteries, the most famous of which is Tashilhungpo Monastery. Built under the supervision of the first Dalai Lama Genden Zhuba, it is one of the four monasteries of the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The most famous attraction close to Shigatse is Mt. Everest, the highest peak in the world.

Ali is situated in the west part of Tibet. It is the highest area in Tibet with the most complete plateau features and thus called “the roof of the world’s roof”. It is the origin of the ancient Shang-shung culture. Ali has a lot of mysterious sights such as Mount Gangrenboqi and Lake Manasarovar which are regarded by religious groups such as Buddhism, Bon and Hinduism as world’s center. Every year pilgrims from all over the world come to these areas to circumambulate around the mountain and the lake. Visitors can also have a chance of viewing the mysterious Guge Kingdom Ruins and the amazing Zhada Shilin.

Shannan area is regarded as “the cradle of Tibet culture”, because it gives rise to many “Firsts” such as the first king of Tibet, the first palace-Yongbulakang, the first temple-changzhu Temple, the first monastery-Sangye Monastery and so on.

Chamdo area refers to the east part of Tibet. It features magnificent mountains and rushing rivers. It occupies nearly all the temples of various religions in Tibet.

Nagchu area is in the north part of Tibet where you can feel the Nomadic Culture of Tibet. In this area there are no high mountains but hills and a large area of grass. Chongqinkaduo is such an area of grass where horse racing festival is held every year.

Nyingchi is honored as “Jiangnan of Tibet” as the scenery here is characterized by blue sky, white clouds, green mountains and trees, clear water and pinky flowers. There are a lot of natural sceneries: Cuogao Lake which is shaped like a crescent between valleys and seen as a sacred lake by the Red Sect of Lamaism; Namjagbarwa Mountain which is honored as “father of the iceberg”; Hanmi Waterfall and Nyingchi Huge Cypress Forest.

So, that’s the basic information of Tibet. I believe you are already amazed at so many natural and cultural landscapes. So why not choose one of China Flights to visit Tibet right now?

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Break from Work–Have Enough Time Tour in China

On October 25, 2010, in Cool Places, Shanghai, by Jack Li

Last Thursday, Scott, my oral English teacher, shared a passage about Career Break with us. That meant a lot to me, as I am always the one who dreams about having China Tours even world tours as long time as I want. Just as Susan, the author of this passage, said, it is a dream […]

Last Thursday, Scott, my oral English teacher, shared a passage about Career Break with us. That meant a lot to me, as I am always the one who dreams about having China Tours even world tours as long time as I want. Just as Susan, the author of this passage, said, it is a dream anyone with a passport fantasizes about once in a while: ditching everything to travel the world for a year, or at least long enough to forget about office life. But also as she suggested, acting out that fantasy tends to be reserved for retirees and recent college graduates. I am a graduate student who will graduate in 2013. Though there are so many obstacles as well, I want to plan about my long time trip. Maybe peers like you could join me or just take it a reference.

I would like to name this long journey as My Gap Month Tour in Southwest China, which includes destinations of Chengdu, Yunnan, Tibet and Guilin. Since these four destinations make up a round, I design this route in turn: Chengdu—Guilin—Yunnan—Tibet. Given the culture issue, I choose Chengdu, whose local people also like hot food, as my first destination. As the passage suggests, easing into your trip in a more familiar country is a way to reduce anxiety about leaving home. I think it applies to domestic trip well. Besides, Chengdu Flights are available easily.

First Stop—Chengdu—4 days or so to stay

As we all know, the most famous things in Chengdu covers the teahouse, panda and Sichuan opera and the most important is its various local flavors. I plan 2 days for its famous scenic spots and 2 days just for sitting in the teahouse and enjoying its delicious and its drama.

Teahouse: things in teahouse could be a mirror reflected local people’s leisurely life, which is famous in China. Especially after the Wenchuan Earthquake, Chengdu people realized that it is important to enjoy life for our vulnerable and short life. In addition, teahouse is an important social activity place. So it is a good place for me to meet some new friends.

Panda: Chengdu is the hometown of our country’s treasure—panda. I definitely will not miss the opportunity for watching these lovely and lively babies.

Sichuan Opera: Chengdu is also the home of opera. I want to watch the simon-pure Sichuan opera, especially suddenly turn hostile.

Food: my friends who live in Chengdu say that special snacks there are cheap and delicious. As I come from Hunan, where people love hot food, I wanna try its spicy and hot food very much.

Second Stop—Guilin—3days or more to stay

There come some words– Guilin’s scenery is the best in the world. As it has the most representative karst land feature, it is famous for fantastic hills, crystal-clear water, spectacular caves and picturesque rocks.

Li River: it has the largest scale and most wonderful of caves. I expect to quant on the water, just take it easy to get close to the nature.

Food: Guilin rice noodles are known for world light repasts, with its special taste but be known for. It is said that there are hundreds of shops selling Guilin Rice noodle with hundreds of kinds of taste. It is very highly expected for me.

Third Stop—Yunnan—a week or more days to stay

Yunnan is a mysterious province for me. I just know that Kunming is the city of Spring and Li-Jiang ancient town is very attractive for most people. Only visit there can I feel its fantasy culture and custom. Here my initial planning refers to Kunming, Dali and Li-Jiang.

Kunming: known as Spring City, it is a good chance for me to see various fresh flowers and taste various vegetables of different season. It should be a nice place for people to live in since it has the nicest climate.

Dali: it is a city with Bai Ethic Group live together. I want to see for myself its wind, flower, snow and moonshine and take enough time to experience the Bai people’s custom and culture.

Li-Jiang: Lijiang is inhabited by the Naxi minority people. It is popular with Lovely people, nice town and special music. What I expect most is wander in the Old Town of Li-Jiang, drunk to its scenery. Life could be quiet and romantic there that I can stay away from the real world.

Maybe I suddenly decide to stay for more days.

Fourth and last stop—Tibet—a week or more to stay

As most Chinese people dream about, Tibet is the must-to-go place for me in my whole life. It is a holy place for us ordinary ones. It is the mysterious virgin land. I want to take more time to stay there. I want to see local religious people who are going on a pilgrimage. I want to feel their reverent heart which could teach me a lot. I want to purify my mind and get peaceful thoroughly. Oh, there are so many things I want to do in Tibet. Perhaps it is better for me to take no specific arrangements there. Just follow my mind.

Plans above are rough. But it is outline of my gap month tour. Anyone who gets any ideas or suggestions can leave me a message below. Or we can both inquire China Southern Airlines right now.

Top Tips for Tourists in Tibet, China

On October 12, 2010, in Cool Places, Cultural Experience, Tibet, Tips & Ideas, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

When you have packed you baggage and be ready to start to Travel to Tibet, have you ever think about the points for attention during your Tibet Tours? Here I have some useful tips for you if you made up your mind to enjoy the scenery of Tibet.  1.       The best time for travel The […]

When you have packed you baggage and be ready to start to Travel to Tibet, have you ever think about the points for attention during your Tibet Tours? Here I have some useful tips for you if you made up your mind to enjoy the scenery of Tibet.

 1.       The best time for travel

The best season for traveling in Tibet is from April to October. The average temperature in Tibet is only 8℃ above zero. The temperature changes a lot from morning to evening. July and August are the raining season in Tibet and the air becomes moist during this time. And the moist air makes you feel better than the dry one.

 2.       What to wear when we go out

The spring in Tibet starts from April to June with frequent sandstorm weathers. So bring you with a coat which protests you against the wind. From July to September is the summer time in Tibet, it is a rainy season with strong sunlight. As a result, do not forget to slap on some suntan screen before you go out and wear a long-sleeved T-shirt for better protection. Autumn starts from October to December, the weather turns cool so bring a thick coat with you in case. Then it comes Tibet’s winter, the air turns dry and you need to drink more water and a down clothes.

 3.       Things must take

The first one is cash. Even though credit cards can still be used there, there are not as many banks in the other cities in China. The second one is efficacious certificates, such as ID, passport, a student ID card etc.( Sometimes, the price for a student is much cheaper, so you need a student ID card for identification.) The third one is sunglasses and suntan scream. The SPF of your suntan scream is better higher than 30 with moisture effects. The last one is medicine which makes you feel better when you come across headache.

 4.       Avoid of Mountain Sickness

One of the most important things that you have to pay attention to is the mountain sickness (acute high altitude disease, AHAD). For Tibet is about 4000 meters above the sea level, the air there contains less oxygen. Therefore, if it is the first time for you to travel in such a highland, you may feel uncomfortable. The symptoms are headache, dizzy, tired, insomnia and so on. If your body condition is not good enough (high blood pressure , heart disease for example), you are not encouraged to go to a highland. But you can still make it if you consult the doctor beforehand and be prepared to manage emergencies related.

 5.       Do as the Romans do

When you meet Tibetan people in Tibet, they usually greet you with their hands palm in front of their chest and their tongues stretch out. Do not be afraid of them. It is the way that they greet people. All you need to do is to put your hands in front of your chest too and greet them in the same way.

 6.       Dos and don’ts in Tibet

  1. In some areas of  Tibet, people do not eat fish, chicken or eggs. They are used to their eating habit so do not ask them to eat things they do not want.
  2. Do not wear sunglasses or smoke in a temple, behaviors like these are regarded as rude to their region.
  3. Always walk clockwise around religious objects.
  4. The behavior to comment on lama or Panchen is strictly banned.

 

Hope you have a pleasant China Tours in Tibet.

Tours in Nachu, Tibet

On October 11, 2010, in Cool Places, Tibet, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

When you are planning to Travel to Tibet in China Tours, I would like to suggest you not missing the Nachu area. Because there are Namtso Lake, Hoh Xil, the skeleton wall and Nachu Town and so on beautiful scenery. Namtso Lake Namtso Lake is the highest salt lake in the world and the second […]

When you are planning to Travel to Tibet in China Tours, I would like to suggest you not missing the Nachu area. Because there are Namtso Lake, Hoh Xil, the skeleton wall and Nachu Town and so on beautiful scenery.

Namtso Lake

Namtso Lake is the highest salt lake in the world and the second biggest one in China. It is located in the the southeast side of Nachu area, middle area of Tibet. The lake is famous for its nature beauty and Buddhism.

Namtso Lake was formed from the movement of Himalayas in the beginning of 4th century. It looks like a huge precious mirror lied in Northern Tibet Grassland. It is surrounded by Nyenchen tanglha’s peak with snow all the year in the southeast side, the rolling hills and plateau in the north side. When you are there, enjoying the nature painting with the very blue sky, blue lake, snow at far, local people’s herder-tents and colorful mountain flowers, you will be surely relaxed and happy. In addition, grassland around the lake is natural pasture. Around the lake are often bears, wild yak, wild donkey, blue sheep, fox, river deer, otter and other wild animals inhabit.

Besides, Namtso Lake is worshipped as a goddess by the Tibetans. It is said that every year of the Goat, Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, expanding law of God, set up altar in Namtso, so people went to worship at this time. It is also said that Chanting around the lake once could be better than usually turn toward the lake chanting ceremony by thousands of times, and this would get immeasurable blessing. So when the time comes, monks and believers comes together no matter how long it does, and chants for a circle to get great happiness. This activity will get its peak in April 15th. You may be amazed to witness that. The five islands standing upright in the lake are also said as the incarnation of Five parties Buddha.

To Namtso travel, you must be in time for the rainy season from June to September each year. Since other months would be snowy that could stop you entering.

Hoh Xil

Hoh Xil is located between Tibet and Qinghai Province. It is one of the most perfect place that is saved from the original ecological environment in the world. Hoh Xil in”Mongolian language means for beautiful girls. Tibetan Antelope, the National level to protect animal long live in there. Hoh Xil climate is characterized by low temperature and less rainfall, high wind and large regional differences. Natural landscape there ranges from southeast to northwest showing alpine meadows- high-cold steppe and cold desert replaced, and the main type of alpine meadows.

Skeleton Wall

Skeleton wall lies in Chachu area, which is 370km away from Nachu. Architecture, painting, sculpture, Thangka along there are pretty unique. You must be very impressed by its natural beauty and pleasant weather. In addition, the Hot Pakistani dance called Dinka, which is bold and heroic, is the essence of Tibetan songs and dances. The techniques of making costumes and masks is amazing as well.

Nachu Town

Nachu Town, as a important city in nortern Tibet, is the highest town in China. It has steaming Nagqu geothermal in the south of this town and a display area about ancient exposed geothermal in the southwest side. You can visit Lee Teng Temple, the largest Gelugpa temple in Nagqu and Nagqu Folk Village.

For more info about Tibet, you can click Tibet Tours here.

Travel China Guide

On September 30, 2010, in China Travel Gossip, Cultural Experience, Guilin, Tibet, by Jack Li

Most foreign visitors are attracted by the natural beauty when they are on china travel; however, as for most of these tourist attractions, there are more details you need to know before you getting there. And surely China Tours will give your more surprises beyond your imagination.And in the following passage, you can find some […]

Most foreign visitors are attracted by the natural beauty when they are on china travel; however, as for most of these tourist attractions, there are more details you need to know before you getting there. And surely China Tours will give your more surprises beyond your imagination.And in the following passage, you can find some hot destinations in China.

Guilin

There is a Chinese saying goes, ‘East or west, Guilin landscape is best!’ It is located in the northeast of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in south China. Guilin is considered to be the pearl of China’s thriving tourist industry on account of the natural beauty and historic treasures.
As one of the top China’s tourist destinations, Li River is honored to the most beautiful gallery of the world. The picturesque river is a major component of Guilin scenery. As it sparkles in the sunlight the river meanders through lush mountains like a liquid jade belt. The most convenient way of enjoying the scenery is that traveling on bamboo raft. Without the tail gas of the cars, you are surrounded by the fresh air and the singing of birds. For the fact that Guilin is located in the south of China, the local temperature is lower than the other regions, and diurnal amplitude here is pretty high, it’s wise of you to take coat with you. Another attraction which is too famous to be missed is Elephant Trunk Hill. It is said to be the symbol of Guilin scenery and also a highlight in Li River. As a result, the route which combines Li River and Elephant Trunk Hill shall be a perfect one.

Tibet

Tibet (Xizang), the Roof of the world, is remained unknown to the world until the beginning of the 20th century. The massive, snowy land has exerted an awesome draw on travelers and adventurers ever since. Its majestic scenery, mysterious and exotic religious culture, and wonderful people, reward every tourist with an indelible life long memory!

Tibetan people are warm and hospitable. Tourists can visit local families and experience the daily life of Tibetan people. Holidays and festivals are the most important days in Tibet. Enjoying the local food and dancing with beautiful Tibetan girls are the most excellent ways to celebrate these joyful times. What’s more, you can buy some typical handicrafts and the cute things may add extra happiness to your visit.

Beside white snow capped mountains, the Potala Palace is the most popular one in tourists’ views. It is located on the Red Hill if Lhasa, and being the symbol of the city, it is well-known to the world for its grand constructions, elegant buildings, exquisite artworks and pious religious atmosphere.

The already famous Tibet Railway that was completed last October has been officially set for operation from July 1, 2006. This miraculous engineering achievement will make Tibet, the mysterious and amazing sacred land with a thousand-year history, witness many changes leading to prosperity. The miraculous railway now closely connects mainland China and remote Tibet, which will speed up economic development. It will not only bring about a significant change of the mystical view of the outside world to Tibet, but will also create a better cognition of the Tibetan people by the outside world. There is a strong belief that Tibet will welcome a better tomorrow thanks to this widely hailed sacred road. However, for the fact that the height of the whole city, the altitude sickness are pretty common. Before your getting there, you need to make some preparations so that you can be used to the local climate.

China is a place which is full of mysteries, if you are a travel fanatic, why not come to China Flights and book your air tickets?

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Follow a Travel Agency and Discover the Secret Land: Tibet

On September 26, 2010, in Lhasa, Tibet, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Tibet, a sacred but controversial place, is the home of Tibetan Buddhism temples, Tibetan antelopes and the largest plateau on the world. This fascinating land presents the snows and flowers at the same time. Unlike other china travel, Tibet used to be a “forbidden” and mysterious city until a new train line was built from […]

Tibet, a sacred but controversial place, is the home of Tibetan Buddhism temples, Tibetan antelopes and the largest plateau on the world. This fascinating land presents the snows and flowers at the same time. Unlike other china travel, Tibet used to be a “forbidden” and mysterious city until a new train line was built from the inland in 2007. It appears to be more convenient for back-packers. However, you may need to do plenty of “homework” before traveling to Tibet on your own, as this quite unique and sobering land requires your respects and appropriate behaviors. Moreover, the travel permits are needed for international travelers before Travel to Tibet. If you are only heading for Lhasa, the TTB or entry permit are required to show either before boarding the airplane or following a land cruiser. Besides Lhasa, travelling to other “restricted” places within Tibet, an Alien Travel permit or PSB Permit must be shown. According to a note from Lonely Planet, the PSB permits are not able to be issued to individuals and travelers will be directed to a local travel agency.

Considering these facts and difficulties above, choosing a local travel agency to arrange your trip is a smart decision. So, what is the first step for your Tibet trip? To search and contact several local LEGITIMATE travel agencies! It is very important to recognize a legitimate agency, as some agencies may claim that they can offer “Permit-Only” service without booking a travel package. Do not trust these advertisements or spam. A trustworthy travel agency only helps you to apply the permit after booking the tour. And you need to provide some information, such as full name, gender, date of birth, passport number and nationality. But they are not allowed to apply the PSB permits for diplomats, journalists, and government officials. Besides these specific permits, remember to get your Chinese visa issued by a Chinese embassy as Tibet is a part of China.

The second step is to book a tour package that is suitable for you. Usually the local travel agencies provide two kinds of tour: private tours and join-in group tours. For a private tour, you and your family members will be companied by a licensed English-speaking guide, a driver and a descent vehicle. Typically they have at least 7-day tour package focusing on different themes, such as cultural and natural scenes, Tibet Odyssey, and Tibetan lives. The benefit of a private tour is that you can ask for a tailored tour package. It is as simple as you plan your trip on priceline.com or expedia.com. You can only tell them the days of trip, a list of interested places, the number of travelers, the class of hotels, and the airplane ticket if you need their assistance. The disadvantage may be the expensive cost for such a “luxury” trip. But personally I think a memorable Tibet trip is worth of money.

Another way is to join group tours. Although the schedule is less flexible than private ones, you can save descent amount of money and make new friends all over the world. The standard class of hotel is 3-star, and travelling vehicle is usually a tourist bus. The length of travel time is usually no more than a week. Take the 7-day tour package for example, the trip starts from Lhasa, passing Shigatse, Tashilumpu Monastery, finally arrives at Mt. Everest. During the trip, you will visit the famous Potala Palace which is listed in UNESCO world heritage. You can experience the sacred process of Tibetan Buddhism, shuffling and murmuring pilgrims in Jokhang. Also, you will be amazed by the extraordinary Tibetan landscape around Barkhor. At the destination, you would have the opportunity to stand on the last unexplored territory in the world and enjoy the sunset and sunrise views there.

Once you have made your decision on the travel agencies and tour packages, it is the time for you to read some books before leaving. Because the risk of high altitude illness, I should say that the most important thing is to increase your work-out time for this unforgettable but tough Tibet Tours.

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