Tibet Travel Agency TCTS Provides Souvenir Shopping Advice for 2015 Tibet Travelers

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Now that travelers are beginning to arrive for their 2015 tours of Tibet, many will discover the thrill of exploring crowded markets and haggling for the perfect souvenir. Tibet Ctrip Travel Service-TCTS (http://www.tibetctrip.com) shares their advice on shopping in Tibet.

Now that travelers are arriving for their 2015 Tibet tours, many are discovering that exploring crowded markets like Barkhor Bazaar and hunting down unique souvenirs is one of the highlights of their visit. Travelers can bring home everything from fine incense and statues of Tibetan Buddhist gods to beautifully woven Thangka and Tibetan Carpets. To help 2015 Tibet travelers track down the perfect souvenir, Tibet Ctrip Travel Service TCTS (http://www.tibetctrip.com) shares their advice.

Most items to buy: Those who are looking to keep costs low or have little extra space in their luggage typically go after prayer flags, hand-held prayer wheels, and incense. On the other hand, travelers looking to splurge can find good bargains on items like Tibetan carpets and hand-made jewelry. If travelers are looking for something in particular, TCTS’s native Tibetan guides are always happy to point visitors in the right direction.

Where to shop: Authentic Tibetan goods can be found in nearly all popular Tibet travel destinations. While Barkhor Bazaar is the top must-visit shopping attraction, the market in Shigatse typically has lower prices, but the selection is smaller.

How to get the best deal: It’s important to remember that haggling is a normal business practice in Tibet. Most western travelers are initially pitched very high prices, respond with an offer well below and work up from there. Walk away if necessary but remember that a few RMB probably means a lot more to a local than it does most travelers.

Exploring crowded markets, eyeing exotic goods, and bargaining for the best price is drastically different from what most foreign visitors are used to. Many who travel Tibet find it to be an exhilarating experience; even travelers who typically don’t like to shop are encouraged to give it a try! With the 2015 travel season kicking into gear now is the time to start planning an adventure and practicing haggling skills.

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