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【2024】Tibet travel precautions, customs and taboos, and preparations before traveling

What are the things you need to pay special attention to and important preparations before traveling to Tibet for the first time?

"Dream Back to Tibet" has accumulated many years of experience in Tibet tourism and compiled the following six major things to pay special attention to and pre-trip preparations before traveling to Tibet, so that you can travel to Tibet easily.

Psychological preparation before traveling to Tibet

Tibet is a special and mysterious place due to its geographical location, political, cultural and other factors.
Before traveling to Tibet, everyone should first be mentally prepared:

"Travel to Tibet is not a luxury vacation, but a primitive journey that is intellectual, emotional and healing for the body and mind."

In recent years, tourism in Tibet has developed rapidly. Many major cities including Lhasa, Shigatse and Nyingchi have attracted many international star-rated hotels and roads have been paved with asphalt. However, compared with other major cities in China and even tourist destinations in Europe and the United States, Tibet still has many shortcomings and cannot be regarded by the same standards.

The first thing you need to do mentally before traveling to Tibet is:
The focus of tourism is to "understand Tibet's rich and unique cultural history, experience Tibet's unique customs and culture, and appreciate the magnificent and vast sacred mountains and lakes."
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Precautions for Tibet Altitude Sickness (Altitude Sickness)

Tibet is a special high-altitude plateau environment with lower oxygen content than the plains. Therefore, when traveling to Tibet, the most important thing people are concerned about is altitude sickness (altitude sickness)!

Most people will experience the following common symptoms of altitude sickness when they reach high altitudes: headache, shortness of breath, chest tightness, anorexia, slight fever, dizziness, fatigue, etc. These conditions will usually improve gradually after a day or two as the body adapts.

There is no need to be particularly nervous or afraid about altitude sickness (altitude sickness). Just face it with a normal mind. If you really develop severe symptoms of altitude sickness (altitude sickness), hospitals in Tibet have sufficient experience and technology to treat you.

The best antidote to prevent altitude sickness (altitude sickness):
Relax and slow down
Breathe slowly, speak slowly, walk slowly, and savor the beauty of Tibet slowly

learn more:closeExplanation on Altitude Sickness (Altitude Sickness)

Basic precautions for traveling in Tibet

Things to note before traveling to Tibet

  1. Travel insurance: Before departure, it is strongly recommended that you purchase "Travel Insurance with Overseas Emergency Medical Insurance" on your own.
  2. Prevention of altitude sickness: There is no need to deliberately exercise your physical strength, especially do not do exercises that increase your lung capacity (such as weightlifting, diving, running, etc.). Otherwise, after your lung capacity increases, you will be more likely to develop altitude sickness on the plateau.
  3. Note on carry-on items: Oxygen cylinders cannot be brought on board an airplane, so don’t bring them. If necessary, purchase them locally. If not necessary, try not to use oxygen cylinders to allow the body to spontaneously activate its regulatory mechanism.
  4. Preparation of luggage in advance: Due to the natural environment in Tibet, the facilities of most hotels are very simple. Except for the larger hotels in larger towns, which have good facilities and supply hot water all day long, the hot water supply in most areas is limited in time, usually in the morning and evening. Guest houses in remote areas do not have hot water supply. When traveling to Tibet, it is best to be mentally prepared that you cannot take a shower. Friends who love cleanliness can prepare a few more sets of clothes to change.

Things to note when traveling in Tibet

  1. Tibet's weather characteristics: long sunshine hours, dry air, and large temperature differences between day and night, so when traveling to Tibet, you must pay special attention to sun protection, drinking water to keep moisturized, and keeping warm.
  2. Dietary precautions: Food hygiene in Tibet is poor and diarrhea is common. You should prepare your own medicines for emergencies.(But it needs to be used under the guidance of a doctor).
  3. Gifts and souvenirs: Tibetan knives cannot be checked in by air, and knives (including Swiss knives, fruit knives, etc.) cannot be brought on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway train.
  4. Geographic time difference: Mainland China uses Beijing time, so there is no time difference. However, due to its location in the west, the actual time in Tibet is about two hours later than the standard time.
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