Tibet Travel Tips
Tibet Travel Tips
- Do not talk about sensitive topics like politics when in Tibet.
- Do not try to talk with lamas about their lives and religions.
- Walk clockwise around Barkhor Street, especially during the rush hour of pilgrimage from 9 am to 6 pm.
- Taking photos of Buddha statues is not allowed in the majority of Tibetan monasteries. In some monasteries, such as Tashilhunpo Monastery, tourists can take pictures of the Buddha statues after paying some money.
- Ask permission first before taking pictures of other people in the Barkhor areas. Sometimes they will ask you for money, but most of time it is ok to give them a little gift.
Do not enter monasteries without permission. Smoking is not allowed when visiting monasteries. Dress properly, not in shorts or sunglasses.
- It is suggested that you prepare about 20 easily accessible 1 yuan bills if you want to give to beggars when encountered.
If you have a chance to visit a local family, let the oldest people go first when you walk together with them. Do not step on the threshold when entering a tent or house. Do not touch the heads of people with your hands.
- If you have a chance to have dinner with Tibetans, do not eat with your mouth overfull, and do not chew or drink noisily. When the host/hostess hands you something, for example a cup of tea, take it with both hands to show your respect and appreciation.
- Do not buy anything made from wild animals’ skin or bones, as it may cause problems when you try to leave the area.
- During religious festivals, many pilgrims come to monasteries to pay religious homage. At some monasteries there are special passages for tourists. Do not join with the pilgrim crowds or queues.