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Questions tagged [tibet]

A mountainous area within China with unique culture, language, and religion and an often troubled and tumultuous history with its larger neighbour.

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Is it possible for a EU citizen to stay in Tibet for an extended period of time?

Is it possible for a EU citizen to stay in Tibet for an extended period of time? I would like to stay for 1-2 years in a monastery.
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Is there border control on Mt. Everest?

The international border between Nepal and Chinese-controlled Tibet runs through Mount Everest, which is reportedly getting crowded due to the large number of climbers (who mainly ascend the Nepali ...
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Can a Tibet Travel Permit be issued with Chinese visa in an expired passport?

I'm organising a trip to China including a visit to Lhasa in Tibet for a group of four people this April. Most of the trip is now booked, but a possible problem has come to light. One of our group ...
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Detailed timetable for the Qinghai-Tibet Railway

I need to travel from Lhasa (拉萨) to Xi'an (西安) in early April 2018, and I'm thinking of travelling by train as the Qinghai-Tibet Railway is said to be spectacular. I particularly want to see the area ...
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Lhasa to Kathmandu by bus

I am planning to go to China for 3 months. The next country I would jump into ideally would be Nepal from Tibet, because next I would go India. As I understand Tibet is now accessible by train from ...
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Is there any banned area to travelers in China apart from Tibet?

Tibet area is a historically banned area to the independent travelers. But there are also some problems in other areas like Xinjiang. Is this area or others apart from Tibet banned for independent ...
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Is a Chinese visa required for entering Tibet without passing through the rest of China?

If flying to Tibet through Kathmandu or Hong Kong and not setting foot in the rest of China, is a Chinese visa necessary to enter Tibet, or only the Tibet travel permit? I do need a visa for mainland ...
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Are citizens of anywhere other than mainland China eligible to unfettered travel in Tibet?

Many of us are surely aware that it is not possible to travel as an independent traveller in the true sense in Tibet. You can go but you must go in an official tour group. You can go in a group of ...
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When are offices open in Tibet?

Today, I've heard in a radio program that, even though China spans over eight different time zones, it uses a single time for the entire country. This causes the westernmost regions of China to have ...
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Which linguistically Tibetan areas of China are outside the official Tibet borders with the very strict permits/rules?

Tibet has very strict, difficult, and complex permits and rules. Basically most people visit as part of an organized tour group, which is not cheap and visiting as an independent backpacker is pretty ...
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Visiting Tibet in Nov 2016, looking for recent travel experience

The last answered question I've seen about Tibet was from early 2015, and things change frequently around there. My preference would be to take a train to Lhasa from somewhere in China (flexible). I ...
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Tibet: visas requirements in 2015

I'm am European (French) and plan a holiday in Tibet. Considering the political circumstances, I assume I need to apply for a visa to stay there for 3 weeks, is this correct? If yes, what's the ...
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What do tibetan door tassels symbolise?

So there are these tassels on doors in Tibet. I've googled for a good hour to find out what they symbolise or are used for, but nothing concrete materializes. Some think it's a door bell, some think ...
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Tibet: Safe for Traveling? [closed]

I think that there is a general consensus that Tibet is unsafe for traveling. I somehow feel, though, that the majority of people who claim Tibet is unsafe are either somewhat prejudiced (Han ...
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Tibet Xizang Travel: How to stay safe traveling alone [closed]

I heard that Tibet is an awesome place and I am considering going after I am done traveling in Kunming. However, I would be traveling alone (ie any friends will be friends I meet there rather than ...
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Is my Chinese visa reusable?

I am a US citizen and have a Chinese visa that expires later this year, but I am looking to go to China again this summer. I originally got this L visa for my trip this winter (which was fantastic). ...
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Is it recommended to travel to Tibet (Lhasa) for just under 20 days and with a low budget?

Me and my fiancée are researching travelling to Tibet next summer, however we have a limited amount of time (17 days to be exact), limited budget and we aren't really interested in hiking, we are more ...
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How's the weather for hiking in lower Tibet in May?

I am considering doing a hike with a guide in Tibet from Gandan Monastery to Samye Monastery in May. From what I've heard the temperatures during the night should be between -5C and 10C which is ...
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Is it possible to get a permit to travel to Tibet (Lhasa) from Beijing by train, without a tour guide?

I am confused about how I go about getting a permit for two people (a British and a Swedish national) to visit Lhasa, intending to travel there by train. Is it possible to get a permit without having ...