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Tibet

Facts about country

Capital Lhasa

Population

2.4 Million

Main Languages

Tibetan, Mandarin

Electricity

2 Plug System 220 50 HZ

Currency

Renminbi (RMB)

Exchange Rate for US $ as of Oct 2001

8.26 Yuan per 1 US$

Safe to Drink Tap Water

No

Size

1,220,000 sq km

Transport

bus, plane, taxi, rickshaw

Cash Machines (ATMS) No (only for Chinese Banks)
Credit Card Usage Yes (not for cheaper hotels)
Religion Buddhist
Measurement System Metric System

Recommended Budget per Day in US $ 

Total Budget per Person Accommodation Meals Transportation Other
50 $ 5 $  5 $  5 $ 35 $ (Tour)

Main things to See (we give descriptions only on places we visited)

Things to See  Visited Brief Description Recommend (10 is best 1 is don't bother)
Lhasa Y A really nice city with many sights to see in the area surrounding the city. It is home to the Potala Palce, Jokhang temple and the Barkor. One can also visit nearby monasteries such as the Sera, Drepung, and Gandea Monastery. 10
Everest Area Y We only viewed Mt. Everest from a distance.  It was really beautiful.  There are trips up to Everest Base Camp. One can hike up or one can take a 4WD to the base camp. 8
Lalungla Pass (5050m) Y Views of Mt. Xixapangma 8013 m, Mt. Makalu 8464m, Mt. Lothse 8516m, Mt. Cho Oyu 8201m, and Mt. Everest 8848 10
Xigatse  Y The Tashilumpo Monastery is in Xigatse and is the main attraction there. It used to house over 4000 monks but only has 600 monks now. Overlooking  the town is also the Xigatse fortress. 8
Gyantse Y This is one of the less Chinese influenced towns in Tibet.  Here one can visit the Palkhor Monastery and the Dzong Fort overlooking the town. 8
Sakya N

Popular activities and Tours (Being not included does not mean they do not exist)

Hiking / Trekking x
Scuba Diving
Historical Sites x
Sightseeing tours x

Ballooning

Bungy Jumping

Safaris

Boat tours
Fishing
Horseback riding
Canoeing
Camping
River Rafting
Sky Diving
Abseiling  
Surfing
Windsurfing
Kayaking
Sailing
Mountain biking x
Rollerblading
Motorbike
Sand boarding
Snorkeling
Water Skiing
Skiing
Bicycling x
Others 

Feeling and Opinions on Tibet

Tibet has been easily one of our favorite places that we have visited so far on our journey.  The people are really friendly, unique and special.  The sites are one of a kind, especially the Potala Palace and the Jokhang Temple. We wished we could have spend more time there, but our permits only allowed 7 days.  It was well worth the extra money and the hassle getting there.

 

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