Frequently asked questions about Tibet, organizing tours, what to know and how to prepare.
- About Tibet
- ATM, banks, cash, exchange
- Is it difficult to organize tour in Tibet?
- First day: what to expect
- Food in Tibet
- High altitude
- Hotels, guesthouses and amenities
- How to get to Tibet
- Medicine and hospitals
- Payment for the trip
- Political Situation
- Visa and Permits
Where is Tibet located?
What is Tibet famous for?
What is the altitude in Tibet?
What is Tibetan name for Tibet and Chinese name for Tibet?
Modern day Tibet, what are the changes?
What is the capital of Tibet?
Why should I go to Tibet?
ATM, banks, cash, exchange
Can I withdraw cash and exchange money from the local banks in Tibet?
Yes. You can withdraw and exchange money from local bank in Lhasa But only the Bank of China has the facilities to withdraw cash for you. Sometimes the ATM doesn’t work properly. So to avoid trouble we advise you to withdraw cashes during the bank’s business hour. So when you travel outside of Lhasa. It is hard to withdraw and exchange money outside of Lhasa. So we suggest you to take money enough for the rest of the tour until you are back to Lhasa.
What currencies Other than Chinese currency, can be used in Tibet? Can I use my credit card and ATM card?
Chinese Yuan and US dollar are accepted in Tibet. However, the places which accept US dollars are very few. Visitors can change US dollars into Chinese currency in the Lhasa Central Branch Bank of China or at major hotels. Credit cards are not a recommended means of payment in Tibet as the acceptance is very limited. Flights and hotels cannot be paid using credit cards and they are also accepted at the Lhasa Central Branch Bank of China.
Is it difficult to organize tour in Tibet?
We know that it is one of the main concerns of people who want to visit Tibet.
In fact, it is very easy to organize your visit. There are only 3 simple steps:
- decide where would you like to go and which places to visit. Our destinations guide will help you with it.
- book you flight or train ticket. We will be happy to assist you with it too!
- apply for Chinese visa. Here you can find a complete guide.
We will take care of everything else. We will apply for your Tibet travel permit and send it to you, book hotels, transportation and everything else needed for your tour.
Upon your arrival to Tibet we will help you to get familiar with Tibet and it’s customs, assist you in locating great restaurants, advise you on what to do on your free time and help you with shopping.
First day: what to expect
Food in Tibet
Hotels, guesthouses and amenities
How to get to Tibet
Medicine and hospitals
What should I bring with me if I travel to Tibet?
There are many items that visitors are recommended to take with them when they travel to Tibet. But here recommend some basic needs: First Aids with medical kids, hat or cap, sunglasses, sun-block lotion, etc. If you are photography lover, do not forget to bring your camera, SD cards and batteries.
Payment for the trip
What methods of payment do you accept?
Our agency provides various ways of payment for the convenience of our clients. PayPal (With or Without PayPal Account), Western Union Transfer, Wire Transfer (Regular Bank Transfer). Detailed payment guide will also be sent to you through email by your personal travel adviser.
What is your payment policy?
Booking made 60 days prior to departure, 30% of the total tour cost plus the airfare and train fare is required, and the balance should be paid 15 days prior to departure.
Booking made 30 days prior to departure, 50% of the total tour cost plus the airfare and train fare is required, and the balance should be paid 15 days prior to departure.
Booking made 15 days or less prior to departure, a full payment is required.
What is your cancellation policy?
Should you need to cancel your tour or any portion thereof, your cancellation must be received in writing. Cancellation refunds will be calculated as of the cancellation date which will be effective on the date of receipt by Travel West China.
More than 30 days prior to departure: $50 per person
30 to 21 days prior to departure: $150 per person
20 to 11 days prior to departure: 30% of the tour price
10 to 5 days prior to departure: 50% of the tour price
5 to 0 days prior to departure or NO-SHOW travelers: 100% of the tour price
We are unable to refund any amount for unused services due to your early departure, late arrival, or missed days on tours once the trip commences.
How can I pay the balance?
You can pay the balance by cash upon your arrival in Lhasa.If you need infomation on exchanging your currency, please refer to our suggestions.
Is your company different from other travel agency?
All you can see are improvements in quality services while your time in Tibet.
How can I thank you if I had an outstandingly happy tour from your Agency?
Well, send us your feedback when you back home, that always make us feel warm. We will be happiest if you recommend our Travel Agency to your family, relatives and friends.
Some tips on the Tibet tour:
Tibet is the highest plateau in the world or Roof the World. And the average altitude of Tibet is 3000m (9,850ft) from the sea level. Many visitors from low-altitude areas suffer from altitude sickness when they suddenly get in Tibet. But most people only suffer minor effects of altitude sickness, which include headache, loss of appetite, nausea and a tendency to have no energy until their bodies adjust to the high terrain. This adjustment can take anywhere from a few hours, and in rare cases, a few days. If visitors do some simple preparations before going to Tibet, most of the symptoms of altitude sickness can be avoided. Being healthy and in good shape before you arrive in Tibet will help greatly. It is also recommended that you talk to your local physician about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) pills to help combat altitude sickness. Once arriving in Tibet, walk slowly and take deep breaths. If you haven’t bought AMS pills and still don’t feel better from the altitude sickness, you can buy a hong- jing-tian syrup for the altitude sickness which is available in Tibet. Your tour guide will be there to offer help and suggestions.
What are symptoms of Altitude Sickness?
– Hyperventilation (fast breathing)
– Shortness of breath during exertion
– Increased urination
– Altered breathing patterns at night
– Frequent nighttime awakening
– Strange dreams
Is it safe to travel to Tibet?
Visa and Permits
What should I keep in mind when applying for Chinese Visa?
When you are applying for Chinese visa, do not mention traveling in Tibet on the visa application form. Embassy officer may reject your application form. Fill some other places of china like Beijing, xi an, hangzhou, chengdu, chongqing, etc. It is legal to enter Tibet even if you haven’t mention Tibet in the visa application form.
Do I need a Chinese visa to go to Tibet?
All visitors travelling into China need visa. No Visa is required prior to enter Hong Kong. A Visa will be issued upon arrival. If you travel beyond Hong Kong, even for a few hours, you will need a China visa to enter China mainland.
Do US citizens need a visa for China?
Can I get Tibet permit without tour?
What is the cost of Tibet travel permit?
What documents do I need to Travel to Tibet?
You need to have a valid passport, a valid China visa and a Tibet travel permit. Tibet Travel Permit is the official document that allow foreign traveller to enter Tibet. It is issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau. Sometimes Tibet Travel Permit is also called Tibet Entry Permit or TTP permit. We will arrange TTP for you to travel in Tibet. The places which the traveller going to visit should be specified in Tibet Travel permit. So when the traveller booked the tour, we will apply for the Tibet permit according to the traveller’s tour. And if traveller wants to customize their own itinerary, travel agent should know your itinerary for the application of Tibet Travel Permit before you enter Tibet.
What should I provide you to obtain the Tibet Travel Permit?
You need to apply for the travel permit at least 10 to 15 days prior to your Tibet entry date. You should be prepared with all the information and documents before this period of time. You should provide us with the clear scanned copies of your passport and China visa, and the following information get the Tibet Travel Permit:
- Full name
- Date of Birth
- Passport number
The information you provided us should be exactly the same as in your passport.
I am working in China and what should I need to apply for the Tibet Travel Permit?
It depends on what type of Chinese visa you are holding.
- No additional documents are required for those tourists holding (L) visa
- A recommendation letter from your company and company’s seal is needed on the letter for those
tourists holding (F) visa.
- A recommendation letter from your company with company’s stamp on the letter and a scanned
copy of your work permit for those tourists holding (Z) visa.
- A recommendation letter from your school or university with their stamp (seal) on the letter and
a clear scanned copy of the student ID card for those tourists holding (X) visa.
How will you send the Tibet Travel Permit?
As soon as we get your Tibet Travel Permit (TTP). We will send your TTP through Express mail service (EMS). If you are taking flight you should provide us the clear address and the phone number of the hotel you are staying and going to stay or your home address or working place in
China. We will use Express Mail service (EMS) for delivery of your TTP. And you will get your TTP within 4 days. If you are taking Train, we will send you the copy of your original TTP through FAX or email at your convenience. You need scanned copy of your TTP at Train Station.
Can I travel independently in Tibet?
No. Independent tour is prohibited in Tibet. You should take part in an organized group or have the local tour operator to arrange tour in Tibet for you. Tourists traveling around Tibet should be accompany by tour guide and rented vehicle.
What is the weather like in Tibet?
The weather in Tibet varies with places in Tibet. Sun radiation is very strong in Tibet. Rainfall normally starts from June to September.
The best time to visit Tibet is from April to October. The best time to visit Mt. Everest is May and early October. From July till mid-October, it’s a peak season to visit Tibet.