Tibet Travel Guide

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    by blueskyjohn
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    by blueskyjohn
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    by blueskyjohn
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Lhasa

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Xigaze

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Rongpu Si

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Tingri

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Nagarze

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Lhaze

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Gyangze

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Yamzho Yumco

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2,58,0

Xegar

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4,4,0

Lhasa

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  • Sera Monastery

    Lhasa Things to Do

    Drepung is a very large monastery located in the western part of Lhasa. It is bigger than Sera but does not have the same attraction as Sera. This may be in part to the debating Monks at Sera or that Sera is closer to the c

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  • House of Shambhala

    Lhasa Hotels

    I love House of Shambhala since the moment I stepped in. It is exactly what I had on mind. Rustic,...

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  • Bread Talk

    Lhasa Restaurants

    I have a weakness for chocolate. I'm always on the lookout for a good bakery for desserts. Lhasa has some good bakery's specializing in Tibetan and Chinese pastry. Not known for their chocolate items. I came across Bread Talk. This is a chain style bakery with most of their locations in China and Southeast Asia. Fine by me, they have a nice...

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Xigaze

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  • Shalu Monastery

    Xigaze Off The Beaten Path

    The first time I went here was in 2006 when travel was a bit easier. Part of the adventure was taken a beat-up bus from Shigatse to Shalu. This is not very far but back then the bus dropped you off at a dirt road intersection and you had to walk. A nice walk surrounded by the mountains. I think the bus ride was more of an adventure! A unique...

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  • Tashilhunpo Kora

    Xigaze Things to Do

    I never had the time to do the Tashilhunpo Kora when I'm in Shigatse. This time I finally did it. It's a wonderful Kora, long with prayer wheels nearly the entire way. The Kora starts to the left before you enter the main parking entrance. It is easy to find by just following the pilgrims. If not, it is the first alley on the right. The Kora begins...

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  • Sidewalk vendors

    Xigaze Things to Do

    Near the entrance of Tashilhunpo Monastery is a row of vendors selling prayer beads and some Tibetan items. There is not as many as you would find in Lhasa. But my experience is that the vendors in Shigatse will negotiate a little more and move off their price. You can get them pretty low if you try and walk away a few times.

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Rongpu Si

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  • Mount Everest military outpost

    Rongpu Si Things to Do

    Surprise! You are now at what the Chinese call Everest Base Camp. Probably the most misleading part of advertising to see Mount Everest, travel agents and guides will not tell you this is not a base camp. A large part of the people going to see Everest are tourist, not mountain climbers. So they really don't know the difference. A base camp is the...

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  • Mount Everest by night!

    Rongpu Si Things to Do

    I brought along a tripod on the trip to get photos of Everest under the stars. Unfortunately it was extremely windy and with a 30 second exposure, the stars are not a crisp as I would have liked.

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  • Rongbuk Monastery

    Rongpu Si Things to Do

    Rongbuk is the highest monastery in the world. It has quite a beautiful backdrop featuring Mount Everest. I did not have time to go inside. The cost to enter was 40rmb but you are permitted to wander around outside or do the Kora at no cost. This of course is not the focus of travel to this area. Most people stop by on the way to Mount Everest...

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Tingri

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  • Cleanest place in Tingri

    Tingri Restaurants

    Tashi Restaurant is where I had breakfast, which was included with my stay at the hotel in Tingri. I'm not sure if this restaurant is part of the hotel or if they have something worked out work them. By far this is the cleanest restaurant in town. I'm not sure why I didn't go in here for dinner. I checked out most of the others in search of dinner...

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  • Tingri Bebar Hotel

    Tingri Hotels

    This is a bare minimum hotel. There are not many options in town. The security for the room is a...

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  • Well that's what the sign said

    Tingri Restaurants

    I stopped in every restaurant in Tingri before selecting this one. The only reason I chose this restaurant was because the owner/chef was not smoking. Seemed to be less flies than the other places. All the restaurants look pretty much the same. Nicely painted ceiling in a Tibetan style but the rest is a mess. I ordered pork with red peppers. It...

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Nagarze

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  • Well...I didn't get sick!

    Nagarze Restaurants

    This was a lunch stop on my way from Lhasa to Shigatse. I probably would not have chose this place but my guide assured me it was good. The inside was much cleaner than I had expected. The wait staff were friendly. They must see a lot of foreigners. There were some other groups there as well with their tour guides. I had the pork and vermicelli...

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  • Mystery Market

    Nagarze Shopping

    This is an average small size super market. Very convenient and has everything you would need if you forgot something on your visit. The Snickers bars were cheaper here the in the restaurant. Less than any market in the US.

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  • Tibetan child

    Nagarze Things to Do

    This kid shows one of the rare signs of the influence of tourism. His village is along the main road going south-west from Lhasa, so he has obviously learned that it can be worth it trying his luck. The poverty in the villages is nonetheless striking.

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Lhaze

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  • Scetchy at best

    Lhaze Restaurants

    As you pass through the outskirts of Lahtse, near the entrance coming from Tingri, there is this little restaurant. I thought it was fairly dirty inside. Lots of flies but the table was clean. Food also took a long time to arrive. I decided to play it safe and ordered a rice dish. It was just ok. Another place recommended by my guide. However I got...

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  • Changmoche Monastery

    Lhaze Things to Do

    If you happen to be in Lhatse, stop by this Monastery. It is small and not many people visit. The local pilgrims are very friendly. The Monastery is surrounded by a wall and it has several rows of prayer wheels for a Kora.

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  • Discussions in a Buddhist monastery

    Lhaze Local Customs

    The more experienced monks stand and teach the others, sitting, who offer a challenge through these codified lessons. The apprenticeship is ritualised in body movements, showing the transfer of knowledge, refuting arguments, especially by moving back and forth and using a traditional necklace made of beads.

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Gyangze

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  • The Kumbum

    Gyangze Things to Do

    The Kumbum is the main attraction at Pelkor Chode. Kumbum means 0ne hundred thousand holy images. Not quite that many but there a lot. The Kumbum is arranged like a mandala, especially if you were to view it from directly over head. As you ascend, in a clockwise direction, there are small chapels along the way. Each chapel has statues of deities as...

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  • Jianzang Hotel

    Gyangze Hotels

    This hotel was clean and inexpensive. It was selected by our guide since our first choice in another...

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  • Restaurant of Zhuang Yuan

    Gyangze Restaurants

    Walking down the street through the market area, this man kept following us saying he owned the best restaurant in Gyantse and we should come for dinner. Being our first and only night in town we took him up on it. The restaurant is really nothing special from the outside and for that matter from the inside as well. There are many note books that...

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Yamzho Yumco

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  • Kamba La Pass

    Yamzho Yumco Things to Do

    Kamba La Pass, at an altitude of 4,794 metres above sea level, is traditionally the divide between ‘front’ and ‘back’ Tibet. At the top there is a splendid panorama with the Yarlung Tsangpo Valley behind (having just climbed from the river) while in front is a superb vista of the stunning scorpion-shaped turquoise lake of Yanzho Yumco. At the pass,...

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  • Yamzho Yumco Lake

    Yamzho Yumco Things to Do

    Lake Yamzho Yumco is a lake located on the southern Tibetan Plateau (28?‹56?Œ N 90?‹41?Œ E), situated 120 km south of Lhasa, it is over 72 km (45 miles) long. The lake is also known as the Scorpion Lake, due to its unusual shape which can (with a bit of imagination) resemble a scorpion. Other popular names are the Holy Lake or Yamdrok Tso. It is...

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Xegar

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  • Sunrise at New Tinggri

    Xegar General

    Clouds often cover up the view of the Himalayas, but we were patient enough to wait until they cleared to see the sunrise on them. This is definitely worth the whole effort of getting to Xegar and sleeping there, however basic and dismal the journey and conditions may seem.

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  • Everest mountain

    Xegar General

    At some 8848 meters above sea level, the Everest is the highest peak in the world. This was the climax of our trip - we caught this glimpse just between two clouds.

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  • View of the Himalayas

    Xegar General

    This is the reason we came all the way to Xegar: to see the Himalayas and the Everest. Some 4500 meters above sea level, this village is also called New Tinggri. Very basic accommodation allowed us to be this close to the highest summit in the world.

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Tibet, also known as The Roof of the World or The Land of Snows, is a magical place.  Rich in a uniques cultural, the local Tibetan people are kind, outgoing and very helpful.  The...