Tibet Permit Policy 2013 & Tibet Travel Advice from Tibettravel org

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The restriction on nationality and group size has been removed in March, 2013. The new Tibet permit policy 2013 brings a great chance for foreigners to travel to Tibet with Tibettravel org.

Hi, welcome to Tibettravel org. We can help you realize your dream to Tibet by offering Tibet permit application service, various Tibet private/group tours, local Tibetan tour guides, etc.

With unique culture and customs, fabulous monastery sights, breathtaking highland scenery, and stunning views of the world’s highest mountains, Tibet is without doubt one of the top places to visit in Asia. For many people, a Tibet tour is a spiritually lifetime trip because you are just far away from the hustle and bustle and can feel those moments of peace when you are in Tibet. Tibettravel org with over ten years in organizing Tibet tours for foreigners here share some Tibet travel advice/tips to help travelers plan a great Tibet tour. 

1. Prepare Documents for travelling to Tibet

Though travelers can take a flight or train to Tibet easily, there is a political ban – Tibet permits for foreigner travelers. Except Chinese Visa, foreigners also needs Tibet entry permit to entering Tibet Autonomous Region and Alien’s travel permit or military permit to visit restricted areas of Tibet. Pay attention, the permits are also required to arrange through a Tibet travel agency.

Tibet entry permit is a must for foreigners to board the flight or train to Tibet. When you travel to Tibet by air, the original Tibet entry permit is required along with the air ticket. If you take a train to Lhasa, a copy of the permit is required along with the train ticket. So you need to apply for the permit before starting to Tibet.

The Tibet entry permit is issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau and the policy is kind of changeable. Focus on the update news on Tibet permits released by Tibettravel org. In 2012, Tibet only issued Tibet permit for a tour group with at least five travelers from the same country, which destroyed many travelers’ dream to travel to Tibet.

However, the Tibet permit policy in 2013 has been changed and the restriction on nationality and group size has been removed in March, 2013. Thus, Tibet permit can be easily applied since April. Even solo travelers can get Tibet permit according to the new Tibet permit policy. Tibettravel org can guarantee you the Tibet permit. But, if you have travel mates to share the cost with you, you tour cost will be greatly cut down. 

Generally, Alien’s travel permit is needed when you travel to places outside Lhasa, such as Shigatse and Mt. Everest, while both Alien’s travel permit and military permit are needed if you travel to militarily restricted areas like Mt. Kailash at west Tibet. Both Alien’s travel permit and military permit can be obtained when you are in Tibet.

2. Find a reliable Tibet travel agency

You can find numerous travel agencies that can arrange Tibet tour for you, but only a reliable travel agency can help you find Tibet travel mates and get Tibet permit, offer you high-value service and authentic experience. When you have any difficulty in obtaining Tibet permits, http://www.tibettravel.org and http://www.tibettour.org which are specialized in Tibet tours and have rich experience in dealing with Tibet permits should be your right choice. While if you wanna book train tickets to Tibet, it is best to choose http://www.chinatibettrain.com .

3. Choose the best way to Tibet

At present, travelers can travel to Tibet by flight, train, bus/car and bike, but by train or flight is the common way for foreigners to get to Tibet. Then what is the best way to Tibet? The answer is different for different people.

You can take a flight to Tibet from many cities of mainland China, like Beijing, Shanghai, Xining, Xian, Kunming and Chengdu, and train to Tibet from Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Lanzhou and Xining.

By train to Tibet usually takes two days. If you get enough time, taking a train to Tibet can enrich your trip as you can enjoy more sights on the way to Tibet and experience the world’s highest railway, Qinghai-Tibet railway. But DO NOT believe that travelling to Tibet by train can reduce the impact of altitude sickness because the train to Tibet is pressurized and equipped with oxygen-supply systems and it is just like travelling at low altitude.

4. Choose a great time to visit Tibet

Mid-April to October is usually considered as the best time to visit Tibet because it is quite warm during this period and you can also view the sights at most. But, if you just wanna enjoy a feast of Tibetan culture and have a tight budget, winter is also great time for you to visit Tibet because Tibetan people held many religious activities during winter. Besides, hotels, airlines, travel agencies offer considerable discount to attract more tourists during the low season.

In fact, it is best to travel to Tibet during Tibetan festivals when you can see Tibetans in their best traditional dress, watch interesting Tibetan performance, enjoy Tibetan festival food, do religious activities with locals, etc. Are interested in Tibetan festivals? Check the Tibet tour calendar.

5. What to pack for a trip to Tibet

Preparing clothes for all kinds of situation can help you enjoy your trip at most. The temperature at Tibet varies in different places and between daytime and night. You may experience four seasons in a day. Even if you travel to Tibet in summer, a warm coat is also necessary.

Besides, since the wind and solar radiation are quite strong in Tibet, skin care products are also must, such as lip balms, sun block, and skin creams, sunglasses. Ladies should take the high SPF sun-cream. Do not neglect it; otherwise you may be seriously burnt on the trip.

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