Top 5 Common Mistakes about Traveling in Tibet

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Tibet is a attracting place with unique Buddhism culture, rich history, majestic natural scenery and holy monasteries. Each year, thousands of tourists travel to Tibet want to enjoy the beauty of this scared place. While, For some travelers, Tibet is like a beautiful woman with a veil. The beauty of Tibet is desirable and full of challenging, they want to get close to Tibet. The primary concern​ is the lacking knowledge of Tibet, so people have some misunderstandings.

Here are 5 top common mistakes people have in Tibet travel

Mistake One: Tibet is not safe

Truth: Tibet is safe for you to travel here. Most Tibetan are devout Buddhists with modest and kind heart, and they are very taboo on stealing and killing. Moreover, the security administration in Tibet is strict with armed policemen patrolling the street for 24 hours. So, if you come here, you will find that Tibet is a quite peaceful resort.

Mistake Two: It is too cold to visit Tibet in winter

Truth: For those who haven’t been to Tibet in winter, they may think it is extremely cold and not suitable for traveling. And the information they get is generally from the videos and images about Tibet. When they look at those snow-capped mountains and frozen lakes in the picture, this mistake has been in their mind already. It is certainly cold in high altitude and latitude region such as Mount Everest and Ngari, while you can not travel in these places in winter.

Actually, the sunshine is abundant in the winter of Tibet for the thin atmosphere. Just like the temperature of Lhasa, is more than 10 degrees under the sunshine even in the coldest days. Therefore, the winter in Tibet is not that cold in general, while the temperature difference between day and night is large, so you should pay attention to take some warm clothes to prevent cold at night.

Mistake Three: The altitude in Tibet is too high to get acclimatized

Truth: Some travelers may worry about the suffering of high altitude sickness will last during the entire trip. Actually, most people would have some mild symptoms such as a little headache, loss of appetite and insomnia, and need one or two days to adapt to. The sickness will disappear once you acclimatize to the high altitude.

Mistake Four: Tibet is a poor and backward place.

Truth: In most people’s eyes, Tibet is a remote area with bad condition in some aspects. Although Tibet is poor in the past, it has been promoted a lot with the development of tourism with advanced facilities, like airports, railways, asphalt roads, highways and starred hotels.

Mistake Five: It’s okay to touch children’s head

Truth: Normally, if we think a child is cute, we would touch his head. While, in Tibet, If you are not a lama or a Trulku, please do not touch the heads of Tibetan people, including children. This practice is common in Tibetan culture, and if you are not the friends or relatives of the children’s family, you should not touch their heads as a guests, because this gesture is thought to sacred and only a Lama and Trulku are allowed to do so.

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