Tibet Warnings and Dangers

  • Warnings and Dangers
    by blueskyjohn
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by blueskyjohn
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by blueskyjohn

Tibet Warnings and Dangers

  • What's that smell? - warnings on hotel...

    It would be rare to see the concept of using a trap with any drain pipes in Tibet hotel bathrooms. Every hotel I have stayed in over the years had some type of odor with varying levels of severity. There is usually a drain in the center of the bathroom floor that its sole purpose is for cleaning the bathroom. This always seems to be the main...

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  • Acute Mountain Sickness

    It is nearly impossible to visit Tibet without experiencing some type of altitude sickness. This is because most people arrive in Lhasa (12,000 feet) from some location near or slightly above sea level. It is said that once you are at 8,000 feet above sea level, one should only ascend 1000 feet per day to curb the effects of AMS. You can ascend...

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  • You can't kill me, said the little...

    Tibet is one of the most unsanitary countries I have every been to. As an avid outdoor adventure seeker and traveler, I knew that if I boil water for about a minute or so it kills all the little nasty's such as Giardia, Cryptosporidium, E.coli and even Hepatitis A. So you may think that cup of hot Yak Butter tea or mutton soup would be safe, if...

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  • Permits for entry

    You cannot travel to Tibet by yourself (unless you are a Chinese citizen). You do not have to join a group but you have to go through a travel agency to have a permit processed. The permit itself is a reasonable rate but it is in conjunction with your itinerary that you have to set up with the travel company. You can still have some free time in...

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  • Lab experiments not withstanding!

    The most troubling experience I've had so far this trip when it comes to driving was when we left Lhasa and entered Shannan Prefecture. At the police check point there are men in white lab coats and face masks. They were spraying the tires of the cars with some chemical. Then the driver pulls onto a red carpet saturated with this chemical. The...

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  • Unresponsive tour guide

    I have used the agency below several times and found them very reliable. I have taken them with a group of 6. They provided our permits to enter Tibet, hotels, cars/drivers and a Guide that spoke English, Tibetan and Chinese.Tashi is my contact.Tibet Mountain and River International Travel AgencyTel : 86-891-6333819Fax : 86-891-6332974E-mail:...

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  • Mount Everest "base camp"

    While I enjoyed visiting Mount Everest it was far from being a base camp. What you are actually going to at the end is a Military Base Camp! There are only several military tents and a building. As soon as you arrive, you are told by a military official that you cannot walk past some prayer flags atop a hill and you cannot hold out any type of flag...

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  • Driving Delays!

    A new unpleasant change in Tibet is the time restrictions when driving from town to town. Each town now has a check point at each point of entry and departure. There are also check points along the way. Now, whenever someone leaves a particular city, the driver must check in at this police check point. The police hand the driver a slip of paper...

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  • Beggars

    Being in Lhasa one does not notice it so much, but Tibet really has quite a lot of beggars (not counting monks' alms here!) - and the more you go to south-west along the Friendship Highway, the more noticeable it is. Kids, men, women, old people - we've seen everybody at it. They can even come into the restaurant while you're eating - anything...

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  • Acute Mountain Sickness

    What is it?Acute Mountain Sickness is a name for a host of symptoms that can appear as the oxygen content in the air is reduced when people ascend to higher altitudes without proper acclimatisation. The level at which AMS can manifest itself differs from person to person, but generally one would have to be above 3,000m to exhibit any noticeable...

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  • Feral Dogs

    One of the very few unpleasant things one encounters in Tibetan cities are packs of feral dogs. There have been clean-up campaigns in Lhasa and Shigatse's centre (which does sound cruel, but if the current situation in other towns is anything to go by - Gyantse springs to mind - things must have been pretty desperate), but in smaller towns and...

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  • Don’t “Free Tibet” in Tibet

    Protesters are not welcome here. We’ve been told that it would be a big problem if we have a book or poster of Dalai Lama or even Richard Gere. They can make you wait or even send you back from airport. If you carry a photo of them, you should leave it behind. And don’t think you are free to protest after the airport. Every place is highly secured....

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  • High Altitude Medical Advice for...

    The below web site has good information for traveling at high altitude. Everyone if different. I had very little problems with high altitude. I think I was just lucky and also drank a lot of water. A travel nurse recommended taking multiple vitamins with iron for at least 6 weeks before the trip. I don't know if it helped but I did what she...

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  • Don't let the sunshine in

    I’ve never seen a brighter sun in my life! Maybe because of being closer to it, sun is too powerful here. It can even cook your brain, if you don’t protect yourself. Bring hat and high factor sun blocks. Select higher factors than your usuals. I would bring UV factored clothing, too, if I was aware.You can see a strange device people used for...

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  • Altitude Sickness

    Lhasa and its airport located in an altitude of 3500m. I live in Istanbul, at sea level. It is quite a way to up. My body couldn’t adjust in 2-3 days; I think you’ll experience the same.Our guide has warned us about walking slower than usual, drink more water and not to drink alcohol. We have already started taking some pills (Diazomid from Turkey,...

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  • Temperature Differences: And it burns...

    Tibet’s climate is harsh. We were there in October and the temperature difference between day and night was 15ºC. We had to wear something for the cold morning and then we tried to get rid of clothes under the hot and bright sun. You have to protect yourself against both heat and cold in the same day.Here you can find weather information about...

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  • Money Exchange

    Money exchange is not very easy here in Tibet. We waited a long queue in the first city we’ve been for exchanging. Also you have to declare your passport in the exchange office. We have been told about that we wouldn’t find exchange offices anywhere we needed. So we exchanged a fair amount for the whole Tibet trip. Unfortunately we didn’t think...

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  • Point and Shoot

    You’ll see soldiers all around Lhasa. They were kind to us when we asked our way, but a soldier is always a soldier. First thing to know about them: Don’t take their photos. They can take you camera or even arrest you.First, we didn’t fully understand the situation. Then we started to see soldiers on rooftops, surveillance cameras on narrow alleys...

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  • Tibet - Oxygen would be nice

    Lack of oxygen is can be a real issue in Tibet. Try to move around at 1/2 to 1/3 of your normal pace for the first week that you are around. It does get better over time. Bring your favourite headache remedy too. There is a chance you will need it.Try to stay at lower altitudes for a few days before travelling to some of the higher elevations, like...

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  • 2008- Protests in Tibet

    I don't want to get political, but this is a travel problem pertaining to politics as well as culture, and both affect our travel. I was going to go to Lhasa and Urumqi this year, but I don't know that I can any more. So I hope I can at least provide some cultural insight, from the perspective of an unbiased foreigner in China...Very little real...

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  • Ask for the price

    Of course you know you have to ask the price in advance to avoid to be ripped off.But after being some while in Tibet ,having bought zillions of cups of tea , you think you know the price of a cup of tea and you can trust the Tibetan person...Wrong : I ended up paying 5 times more for a cup of tea in a teashop at the entrance of the Nam-Tso area.So...

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  • Hot & Cold at the Nam-tso lake

    When arriving at the lake we saw 2 young German tourists , pretty sick due to the high altitude.They went to the lake immediately after arriving in Tibet.In the daytime its very hot and the sun doesn't shine ...the sun burn there !At sunset it get extremely cold and the temperature drops like 20°c.We even got a sandstorm for free...it's a beautiful...

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  • Nam-Tso nomads

    You want to visit the Nam-Tso lake : home of the nomads who never seen a tourist before ;))You ask your driver to stop so you can take a picture of a nomad tent.Better hurry up if you think to take a picture for free cause the owner comes rushing to you to claim his copyright!

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  • The thanka swindle

    Around the Jokhang it is crowded with souvenir shops.In 1 of the bigger shop I watch someone buy a thanka , he asked for a container to ship it safely.The sales person took then thanka under the counter and putted another thing in the container.Came up , gift wrapped it all and gave it to that person.I don't know what was in the container but...

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  • LAST TOILET/LOO/CR BEFORE NAM-TSO LAKE

    if you are going to visit nam-tso for a day trip (not staying overnight), here's something to consider:when you see this sign - which is right at the entrance of the zigzag road that goes to nam-tso lake - make sure you visit the toilet/loo on the other side of the gate. it's pretty much the last you'll find. i didn't see any while i was at the...

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  • Police state

    Be aware that Tibet is a police state. Chinese police or undercover Ethnic Tibetans are always in the neighbourhood. It's not advised to have political discussions with local Tibetans or your guide. It can bring them in problems. It is also illegal to bring pictures of the present Dalai Lama or the Tibetan Flag into Tibet.

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  • High altitude sickness

    As Tibet lies at an average elevation of 4,000 m, the air is thin, there is a low atmospheric pressure and little amount of oxygen. When you first arrive at this altitude, you will probably (95% of visitors) have a hard time as your body is trying to adjust to these new conditions. The appearance of this physical adjustment is the so-called high...

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  • Altitude Sickness

    One of the things you will get warned about in Tibet is altitude sickness.It will usually strike about 6 hours after landing in Lhasa and can consist of headaches, dizziness, nausea , loss of apetite and lack of sleep.The ways to get round this are to drink water like its going out of fashion (around 3 litres a day) for the first few days you will...

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  • Here's the lowdown on high altitude...

    I heard all the horror stories before my trip to Tibet; passengers puking and potato chip bags exploding on the train. I didn't see any of that and did not experience any altitude sickness on the train or while touring Lhasa. I also did not take any preventative medicine as recommended by some tour agencies, so my conclusion is that the high...

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  • Wild dogs of Tibet!

    Since I did not have any rabbies vaccination, I was always nervous about the wild dogs of Tibet. Despite having dogs in the family and beeing used to dogs very much - you never know what the wild dogs are up to. I always tried to keep as much distance between us as possible. If they come too close or they act strange picking up a stone from the...

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  • Go with a good attitude.

    Don't go to Tibet with a nasty attitude torwards the Chinese occupation, or the thriving tourism industry in Tibet. Both will make your trip a very unpleasant and unenjoyable one. #1 The Han Chinese are there to stay. If you think lhasa is too Chinese, too modern...you are welcome to the remote villages with no running water, sewage running down...

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  • Toilets and Altitude

    If you travel in Tibet, be prepared to use the outdoors as your toilet. The latrines in many of the hotels, restaurants, and monasteries out in the countryside are filthy and covered with piles of human excrement. So if you can't picture yourself squatting behind a big rock, then stay in Lhasa. Altitude sickness is an ugly thing. Five of us went to...

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  • Protect yourself from the cold

    Make sure you wrap up warm for the boat journey across the Yarlung Tsangpo River to Samye, as the winds can make the journey quite chilli. You can also encounter rain if you are unlucky, and the boat is open, so there is no cover. We were lucky to have a bright, sunny day. Also on the high altitude passes, the wind chill factor can make the...

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  • Choose your car (and your driver) ...

    Having a good car and the right driver is probably the most important point in preparing your trip to Tibet.Here is the pix of our car with the plate number. Avoid that car if you can.We rented it at Banak Shol GH.Usually they do good job but this time, they miss the point.

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  • Public toilet

    In Tibet, public toilets are awful !!!I have traveled in many places but the tibetan toilets are the worst I have seen.I say I have seen as I refuse to use them.So, during your trip, be ready to use nature for release.

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  • high pressure and consequences

    Beware when you are flying to Lhassa your landing altitude is nearly 4000 M.One of the unexpected consequence for me was what happened to my toiletteries bag. In fact, all bottle of after shave and skin care have seen their contain expanded and eventually spread inside the bag !To avoid it, either take them with you in hand luggage and open the...

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  • Alien travel permits and illegal...

    Tibet is a fascinating place and, apart from the usual (small) risk of petty theft, there are not many risks or dangers connected to travelling in Tibet. I managed to spend seven weeks, travelling all the way from the far west to the east and I didn't lose a single dime on the way. Instead I "suffered" a lot of local hospitality.Instead, the major...

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  • Food Poisoning

    For many years I had the unfortunate reputation of always getting a case of food poisoning. My trip to Tibet was no different. I spent most of the day vomiting in my room before I admitted defeat and asked rthe staff if they would show me where to go. I went back to my room, picked up the bowl I had been using to vomit in, and walked down to the...

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  • Losing the Shangri-La

    The Chinese are constructing a railway system that will make Lhasa an integral part of the People's Republic of China. They plan to have it finished by 2007.Lhasa which only recently was known as the seat of the Forbidden Kingdom, has more and more of a busy Chinese feel to it. Even the magificent Potala Palace is getting lost in the chaos.If...

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  • SpyCams Everywhere in the Monasteries!

    Beware. Big Brother is watching at all times! You'll find tiny "spycams" nestled inside the rows and rows of scripture that are housed in all the monasteries. I especially noticed them in the Potala Palace. Don't dare to take out any photos of the Dalai Lama while you can be seen on camera. The monks sometimes will escort you away from these areas...

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  • One for the Dalai Lama

    There was NO WAY I was NOT going to bring a picture of the Dalai Lama with me to share with the Tibetan people, no matter what I'd read. So, I cut a small photo of His Holiness, laminated it, and carried it with me in my pocket or sometimes hidden inside my Lonely Planet Book. The monks were stoked when I "asked them a question", pointing to my...

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  • Listen to the nice soldiers...they want...

    One afternoon, two of us decided to find the nunnery on the rocky outcropping across from the Potala known as Chakpo Ri. We eventually found a path leading higher and soon encountered the Chinese-installed steel door. The one designed to stop tourists. Most tourists, that is. Never one to heed signs--particularly signs that proclaim, in...

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  • Punishment if climbing Everest without...

    You're not allowed to climb Mount Everest without permissionWhen I arrived at the Everest Base Camp, the whole site was abandoned, and it would have been easy to continue a bit further up the mountain. It was very tempting, but....maybe they used camera's...:-)Anyway, trekkers may go up to the advanced basecamp but have to pay lot of money.

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  • Lhasa (Liberation) amusement park

    According to a bill board at the entrance "Beijing" has been very generous with building an amusement park behind the Potala. We did a rollercoaster ride while locals were gathering around to see if the thing would keep on track! The big wheel is at least as thrilling with it's strange mechanic noises.Also look at the location of this shooting...

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  • Tibetan Tea !!!

    I thought that I would include this " Tip " under warnings and dangers to lighten thing up a bit !!???Whilst visiting Tibet you must try the Tibetan Tea -- But be warned that it tastes absolutely Disgusting !!! They take the tea and put it into a special churn then add Yak's butter and mix the two together, as the Yak's butter is salted you end up...

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