1. What documents should I hold for traveling in Tibet?
There are two documents required for foreign tourists who want to travel in or consulate Tibet. One is the Chinese Visa, which you can apply for in Chinese Embassy in your place. Another is the Alien's Travel Permit issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau.For those who are working in China and holding Residence permit have to bring this document while travelling in Tibet.
2. How to get the Alien's Travel Permit?
Your local travel agency can be your representative to apply for the Permit. You can get it right here from the Tibet Tourism Bureau Shanghai Office too. To apply for the Permit, you should provide the copies of your visa, passport and Foreign Residence Permit (if any) by fax or email.
3. What statue of person is called "foreign tourist"?
"Foreign tourist" here refers to the person who doesn't hold Chinese ID card. For Taiwan people who have "TaiboZheng" still need to get permit for travelling in Tibet. Hongkong and Macao people now are in freely need of permit.
4. Is independent tour allowed in Tibet?
Independent tour is prohibited in Tibet. You should take part in an organized group or have the local travel operator to arrange for you.
5. What is the best season for tour in Tibet?
Generally speaking, from April to October is the best season for Tibet tour. However, having a winter tour can be pleasant if you don't mind the cold weather. You can avoid the tourist crowds, and economical accommodations and transportation are more available.
6. What are some popular places in Tibet?
Lhasa, Tsedang, Gyantse, Shigatse, Tingri, Zhangmu etc. are the most popular places in Tibet, for both normal and trekking itineraries. For expedition, Mt. Everest and Mt. Kailish are the most exciting and accessible areas.
7. What should I keep in mind when I contact with the Tibetans?
Tibetan people are very kind and hospitable, you can feel free to talk with them. But there are some rulers you should go by:
8. What should I bring for the plateau weather?
Tibet's high altitude and the atmosphere allow the sun's solar radiation to strike the earth with unusual intensity. It's very easy to get sun-burnt there. Sunscreen of high sun protection factor, quality sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat are good means of protection. Calamine lotion is good for mild sun-burnt. Those with fair complexions should bring reflective sunscreen with them. Apply the sunscreen to your nose and lips as well.