How to purchase authentic souvenirs while traveling in Tibet?
(PRWEB) April 13, 2013
Travelers embarking on a tour of Tibet after having already visited several different countries can find it difficult to know where and how to buy authentic souvenirs at good prices. To help travelers get the best deals possible on authentic souvenirs, Tibet Ctrip Travel Service (TCTS, one Lhasa travel agency) has released newly updated information for shopping in Tibet. As a general rule of thumb, it is recommended that travelers purchase souvenirs, such as arts and crafts, from Tibetan owned shops to ensure quality and reasonable prices.
Where to buy: Authentic souvenirs can be found almost everywhere in Tibet; however, the top must-see shopping attraction is Barkhor Bazaar. Most Tibet travel itineraries will include a stop here with plenty of time for travelers to browse the hundreds of shops that line its winding pathways. Also, there is a Tibetan market in Shigatse; while the selection may be smaller, tourists may be able to find lower prices on items such as prayer flags, prayer wheels, and Tibetan opera masks.
What to buy: Travelers can purchase prayer flags, handmade jewelry, jade, beads, beautifully carved traditional masks, rugs, the list truly goes on and one. No matter what a traveler’s tastes may be, there is something for everyone! Those who have a specific kind of souvenir in mind can ask their native Tibetan guide where they might find the best quality for the lowest price.
How to bargain: No Tibet tour is complete without trying to bargain for souvenirs. Typically, items in shops or at souvenir stalls are not marked with prices, so bargaining is a normal part of shopping in Tibet. Travelers can ask the price for an item, to help circumvent language barriers, the shopkeeper will usually type the price into a calculator. Frequently, travelers will be offered very high prices at first; it is best to respond with an offer a good bit below and negotiate up from there. Travelers shouldn’t be afraid to walk away if the shopkeeper is unwilling to budge, however, be respectful and keep in mind that a few RMB means a lot more to a them than it does to most travelers.
Searching for souvenirs and bargaining can be a thrilling experience! All kinds of arts and crafts can be purchased through Tibet; travel groups can always ask their native Tibetan guide for advice about finding souvenirs and getting the best price. It is important to remember to shop responsibly by purchasing items from Tibetan owned stores, not only do they provide better quality at lower prices but also keep money in the local Tibetan community. There is something to fit every interest and budget, when traveling in Tibet please be sure to pick up some souvenirs!
Devin Moore provided this news release above on behalf of local Tibet travel agency TCTS (tibetctrip.com). Devin is a travel writer and independent economic analyst based in Springfield, Missouri USA. His economic research is currently focused on airfare pricing. Devin Moore works to spread awareness of Tibet and its people through publishing Tibet travel information.