Tibet is often described as the “roof of the world” or the mystical land of Shangri-La. Politically, Tibet is an autonomous region in China. However, there is an independence movement and even a government-in-exile headed by the former ruler the Dalai Lama.

The entire region is on a high plateau and several large mountains surround it. The area has a unique culture. Moreover, most travelers will find some of the plants, wildlife and domestic animals quite exotic as well.

The valid Chinese visa is required to enter Tibet. Also, the best time to go is summer (from April to November).

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Entering the region feels as though you’ve found an entirely different world. Some travelers who disagree with the current Chinese occupation of Tibet may experience an ethical dilemma. This dilemma is due to the fact that the region does not have autonomous country status, and if they visit they are indirectly supporting the Chinese regime.

Also, many travelers have reservations about their money going to the Chinese authorities. However, the Dalai Lama encourages tourists from all walks of life to visit, so that they can see the situation for themselves.

Tibet is rapidly changing under the Chinese rule. However, Tibetans are very welcoming of foreign tourists. It’s not China yet, and it won’t be due to its strong and distinct culture.

Moreover, the region is also becoming a more popular travel destination among the Chinese themselves. It is almost as exotic to someone from another area of China as it is to someone from the other side of the world. Plus there is now a railway linking the region to mainland China. We recommend visiting Tibet to all of our readers.

Currency

The currency is Renminbi or yuán. Credit cards are accepted only in Lhasa. On the other hand, ATMs are available also in Shigatse and several other towns. Tipping is not common in Tibet. The only exceptions are guides and drivers. ¥30 to ¥40 per day per person for the guide and ¥20 per day for the driver is usual.

Electricity

As for electricity, Tibet uses types A, C, and I sockets. You need to bring a travel adapter to fit the proper socket type. Check out the above-linked page to see the photos and other useful information. The standard voltage is 220 V.  Many of your devices may need a step-up transformer to match the electrical voltage.

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