China Guide

Travelling Tibet Guide to Tibet History, Trekking, Tourism, Climate Holidays

Tibet

Many rulers from around the world have fought for the rule of Tibet, however through its long winded history of rival powers seeking the empire, today the majority stands as an autonomous region within the People’s Republic of China.

Little of Tibet was known until the 20th century when the mystery of the mighty Himalayan surrounds were opened to the world. With its stunning landscape surrounded by snow topped peaks, it is often referred to as the ‘Land of Snows’, a fascinating area known for its strong cultural heritage, friendly people and interesting religion. For these reasons, Tibet is becoming increasingly popular with tourism emerging as a major industry. Visitors can now enter the once prohibited land and experience the adventure and culture it has to offer. With the wide open spaces contrasting the tantalising mountains of the Himalayas, it is an intriguing land of adventure.

A great portion of the population have settled to the south of the region as to stay clear of the somewhat unforgiving nature of the north. For travellers also, most of the main destinations and cities are also concentrated to the south.

Those intent on making the most of the natural wonders of Tibet will inevitably want to hike up one of the mountainous highlights. With mountain ranges of the Himalayas to the south border, as well as the Karakoram and Kunlun ranges, including five that tower over 8,000m, trekking adventures are a great way to see the fantastic scenery.

If you would rather your walking shoes stay in your suitcase, there are plenty of cultural sites to explore. Most monuments can be found in Tibet’s main cities of Lhasa and Shigatse. There is the famous Potala Palace as well as several monasteries and temples such as the Jokhang Temple and the Sera Monastery.

If you are after the well known handicrafts of Tibet, visit Barkhor Street where you can find authentic vendors and incredible keepsakes. If you are not the most skilled traveller, a guide can transform your travels. Try to find one that is a native Tibetan who has a grasp of the English language.

Your Tibet trip should include the main south cities and its attractions, though some will want to venture further north to satisfy their curiosity however the land and atmosphere are a lot harsher. With a very dry climate for most of the year with plenty of wind to go with it, you will need to be well prepared for the climate conditions to make the most out of your holiday.

One final note of advice is to refrain from photographing people without gaining their permission first.