Tibet Travel Guide
Tibet, a rich and beautiful land, is located at
the main part of Qinghai-Tibet plateau, south-West frontier of China.
Tibet borders with Sichuan, Yuannan, Qinghai And Xinjiang; to the south
contiguous to India, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan and Burma, and bounded by
Kashmir on the west.
Geographically, Tibet can be divided
into three majoy parts, the east, north and south. The eastern part is
forest region. The northern part is open grassland, where nomads and yak
and sheep dwell here. This part occupies approximately half of Tibet.
The southern and central part is agricultural region, occupying about
one-fourth of Tibet's land area. with all major Tibetan cities and towns
such as Lhasa, Shigatse, Gyantse ad Tsetang located in this area, it is
considered the cultural center of tibet. The total area of the Tibet
Autonomous Region is 1,200,000 square kilometers and its population is
Tibet has abundant cultural and
historical relics that can be explored to develop tourism. Some
cultural relics are under state-level protection such as the Jokhang
Temple, the Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace, Ganden, Drepung and Sera
monasteries(???), Octagons Streets, Guge Castle, The Tombs of the
Ancient Kings and Samye Monastery. Of which, the Potala Palace is listed
in the World's Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO.
In 2000, over 150,000 tourists (+38.9%) visited the region and generated revenue of US$52 million, increased 44.4% over 1999.
of people in this land differs greatly from any other nationality both
at home in china and in the world. Religion seems almost everthing. Many
live for the next life, rather than for the present. They accumulate
deeds of virtue and pray for the final liberation-enlightenment
the Tibetan climate is not as harsh as many people imagine. The best
time of year to be in Tibet is from April to the beginning of November,
after which temperatures start to plummet. The central Tibet, including
Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse and Tsedang, generally has very mild weather
from April to November, though July and August can be rainy - these two
months usually see around half of Tibet's annual rainfall. October and
November often bring some dazzling clear weather and daytime
temperatures can be quite comfortable at Tibet's lower altitude.
coldest months are from December to February. It is not impossible to
visit Tibet in winter. The low altitude valleys of Tibet (around Lhasa,
Shigatse and Tsedang) see very little snow. Spring does not really get
under way until April, though March can have warm sunny days and is not
necessarily a bad month to be in Tibet.
hada is a common practice among the Tibetan people to express their
best wishes on many occasions, such as wedding ceremonies, festivals
Proposing a Toast and Tea
Proposing a Toast and Tea When you come to a Tibetan family, the host will propose a toast, usually barley wine.
Don't forget to add "la"after saying hello to the Tibetan people to
show respect. Try not to make any sounds while eating and drinking.
burial is a common form in Tibet. There are many prohibitions.
Strangers are not allowed to attend the ceremony. Visitors should
respect this custom and keep away from such occasions.
Tibetan Buddhism was introduced to Tibet from the mainland and India in
the seventh century. The Tibetan Buddhism consists of four major sects,
the Ge-lug-pa(Yellow) Sect, the Nying-ma-pa(Red)Sec, the
Saturday-kya-pa(Variegated) Sect, and the Ka-gyu-pa(White) Sect.
- Tibetan New Year
- The Monlam Festival
- Butter Oil Lantern Festival
- Saga Dawa Festival
- Horse Racing Festival, Gyantse
- Chubacexi Festival
- Yalong Cultural Festival
- Shoton Festival
- Qiangtang Kyanggen Horse Racing Festival,etc.
staple food include roasted highland barley flour, wheat flour, meat,
or red food, and milk, or white food. Local flavors in the pastoral
areas are mutton sausage, and dried beef.
The flavor of the
Tibetan food is fresh, light ,andtender. Salt, onion, and garlic are the
main ingredients. There are many restaurants in Lhasa, Shigatse, and
Zetang, All restaurants of various classes are decorated and furnished
in the traditional Tibetan style. Diners can enjoy delicious Tibetan
Tibetan dishes as well as chinese food. High on the menu are such
flavors as sausages, barley wine, butter oil tea, beef and mutton eaten
with the hands, yak tongue, steamed buns, zanba made from highland
barley, pastries, sweet tea, butter tea, dried beef, and xiapuqing, or
minced mutton and beef.
is one of the six most famous Tibetan Buddhism monasteries of the
Nyingmapa Sect. The monastery was originally built in the late 10th
The monastery, in Chamdo Town,
was founded in 1444 by one of Tsong Khapas disciples. The monastery has
usually kept a close relationship with past Chinese governments.
is the middle point of the Sichuan-Tibetan Highway. You can see Dege
and Baiyu in Sichuan Province in the east on the other side of the
This monastery is different from
other monasteries since it is an important religious center of the
Tibetan indigenous religion-Bon, which lost its dominance in Tibet after
Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarova
Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarova is located at Tibet Plateau which has many nice legends. And it is also a pilgrimage centre.
Museums in Tibet
- Khotan Cultural Museum
- Turpan Museum
Temples in Tibet
- Chokorgyel Monastery
- Dorje Drak
- Drepung Monastery
- Drongtse Monastery
- Dzogchen Monastery
- Ganden Monastery
- Jokhang Monastery
- Khorzhak Monastery
- Menri Monastery
- Palpung Monastery
- Ralung Monastery
- Sakya Monastery
- Samding Monastery
- Samdrup Tarjayling
- Sera Monastery
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