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Your visa will indicate how many times you are permitted to enter China under that visa. On the first line, there should be a field "ENTRIES" with a letter and a chinese character following it. If that letter is M, you are eligible for multiple entries. China also has single and double-entry visas; presumably, those would be the letters S and D respectively. ...


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There is a very limited number of border crossings between Tibet and Nepal where foreigners are allowed to cross. In fact I think that there are at the moment only two: Hilsa and Kyirong. For Chinese or Nepali there are a few more, but the summit of Mount Everest is not one of them. If you cross the border at Mount Everest, or any other illegal spot, you ...


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The best source of info on Tibet is The Land of Snows, where it states (bold emphasis mine, capitalization emphasis theirs) Which areas of Tibet require an organized tour? All areas of the Tibet Autonomous Region require all foreign travelers to be part of an organized tour with a Tibet travel agency, that includes travel permits, a tour guide ...


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There are three main subdivisions within the Tibetic languages spoken within China (there are two others, which are however not spoken in China): Ü-Tsang, spoken only in Tibet itself and the basis of Standard Tibetan; Amdo, spoken in most of the Qinghai province; and Kham, spoken in eastern Tibet and the westernmost parts of the Sichuan province. So Qinghai ...


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Yes, there are a few, although they're mostly military or border areas that would not really qualify as tourist attractions anyway, and none are anywhere near Tibet in size. Wikipedia has a partial list. A few more not listed include the Karakorum Highway to Pakistan and the Jiuquan/Dongfeng space complex and launch center (not so) near Jiuquan, Gansu.


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No independent travel in Tibet since March 2008, and near impossible before that. Tibet has been closed in March every year since 2008 (preventing protests around March 10th , the failed rebellion and escape of Dalai Lama in -59) , and is closing as we speak . Best way in is by train , esp. if you break up the journey one or two nights in Xining ( ...


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Friends who have been in Tibet and Lhasa told me that it is quite difficult to get to Tibet, as you mentioned. They had to travel in a group lead by a tour guide. The larger the group the less likely it is that you get trouble with the police about visa stuff (ie. small groups are controlled more frequently, and you'll always need a guide). I was told that ...


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Well the closest decent-sized town to all of this is Lhasa. There is rain there of about 500mm (20 inches) annually, but most of that is in July - September, and at night. As such, for warmer months and to avoid the weather, May is the peak tourist season. Further down on the same link it indicates that in May, the average precipitation is 1.1 inches (...


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Realistically, assuming you can get permission to visit Tibet (the permission for which is separate from the rest of China), the most dangerous part of a visit by a Westerner seems to be the actual flight into Lhasa Gonggar airport. This is recognized by many pilots as one of the most dangerous landings in the world. Please note that there haven't been ...


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Theoretically you don't need to apply for a new Chinese visa for your new passport. The Chinese embassy also says that a traveller should carry both passports provided that your visa is still valid and the personal details including your name, sex, date of birth and nationality on both passports are exactly the same. But I think your tour operator has no ...


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I think you should be fine. The nearest manned station to Tanggula is Anduo (Amdo, 安多), and that's only a 5 hour train ride. It's at most another hour from Amdo to Tanggula, so I'd say 6 hours is reasonable. Source: http://search.huochepiao.com/shike_lasa_anduo Also, I want to just say the scenery of that part of the train ride is actually fairly ...


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I am going through this issue right now. My travel agency said that Tibet refused my Visa because my Chinese Visa was in my expired passport. I had sent both my new passport and my expired passport with a Chinese Visa that was good for another 8 years. I was told that I could go to China with the Visa but not to Tibet. I am in the process of getting a ...


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Foreign travelers are usually banned from accessing many rural areas in Xinjiang without permit. However cities and touristic areas can be generally visited without any problem.


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From personal experience, for easy access to Tibetan culture, as you describe, it is more convenient to travel to Kathmandu and Dharamsala. Alternatively, you could visit the Tibetan cultural areas within provinces of China that are not the Tibetan Autonomous Region. Specifically, I would recommend Western Sichuan (known in Tibetan as Kham). Fly into ...


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