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Tibet train Beijing-Lhasa
By KARLFWWME | 12/27/2010 8:44:19 AM

Hi there!!
We are two guys who go to China in August!
We have already the hotel in Beijing but we want to get the train to Tibet..
The TTB is not a problem just get the train tickets on this particular season
If is possible to manage the tickets via web when the right moment arrive?
Thanks a lot!!!

Buying carpets and textiles as souvenirs in Lhasa
By CHRISBUCKLEY | 11/28/2007 3:14:55 AM

Tibetan carpets and textiles are famous worldwide, but in recent years most "Tibetan" textiles have tended to come from Nepal or India rather than Tibet. This situation is now starting to change, and good traditional textiles are once more becoming available in Lhasa, but finding them takes a little effort. In particular you will need to look beyond the tourist trap shops in the Barkhor and by the Potala, where most of what is on sale has not been made in Tibet (or anywhere near!).

Two places where you can find authentic textiles are the Dropenling Handicrafts Center and the Tanva Carpet Workshop. Dropenling is a project started by the Tibet Poverty Alleviation Fund a few years back: its store is near to the Mosque (follow the sign by the Makye Ame cafe, or look for leaflets and posters in cafes around town). It sells good Wangden carpets made in the villages around Lhasa and distinctive apron fabrics.

The Tanva workshop is a recently started venture in Nam village, on the road between Lhasa and the airport, using local handspun Tibetan wool and both traditional and contemporary designs. You can watch the carpet making process from start to finish and carpets can be bought in the showroom on site. Call the factory manager Norbu on his cellphone 1398 990 8681 to arrange a visit.

Be wary of carpet factories in town showing "weaving demonstrations": these may not be all they seem - in many cases the carpets that are actually on sale in their showrooms are not the ones made by the demonstration weavers!

Lijiang to Lin zhi
By JOHNSONJING | 8/5/2007 12:43:13 AM

Once i was on the road No.214 from Lijiang to Lin zhi that is about 700 km northwest wanderful ! so splendid ! all the way was so fantastic ! I agree that is first choose for exploring if you really want some perfect hiking paradise ! i was so impressed as so surprise because the snow mountain,grassland stream, the river Yangtze and Meikong ! also the different group of the local people !if you wand the detail of the trip information that please ask the our guide Mr.Johnson.he is one very good manager to organise your programe ...thouch him at the company China Aladdin Fine Travel is in front of the Lijiang Old Town where is near the waterwell ....very easy way could call him 13988819921...

Tibet Cultural Tips II
By RUNNERMORE | 7/11/2006 6:31:23 PM

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.

Take care of the dog when you are walking in the local residential areas.

There are many WCs in Lhasa. You have to pay 0.2 Yuan entrance fee and 0.8 Yuan for tissue if you need one.

There are many Shops for Showering in Lhasa.Price varies from 3 to 5 Yuan per person.

There are many Internet Cafes around the Barkhor Areas. Price varies from 5 to 10 Yuan per room.

If you are interested in collecting coins, you can find various patterns of coins of major countries exhibited in PotalaPalace.

Tibet Cultural Tips I
By RUNNERMORE | 7/11/2006 6:32:00 PM

Due to few communications with the outside world, Tibet keeps its own strong culture which is different from other parts of China. There are some tips for tourists travelling in Tibet to help to be aware of some cultural differences.
There are many old houses in eastern City with low roofs and doors, e.g. the Post Office at eastern end of South Barkhor Street. Be attention not to hit your head when entering these houses.

It is warm when walking on the street, but it would be cooler when staying in the shadow or in the house. Please bring with you a coat wherever you go.

Walk clockwise around the Barkhor Street, especially during the rush hour of pilgrimage from 9 am to 6 pm.

It’s impolite to enter some places near JokhangTemple. Please ask permit with your body language if they cann’t understand English first before approaching.

No killing in the present of Tibetan people, including a fly.

There are many beggars in the street. If you decide to donate, look around first to avoid be surrounded by crowds of beggars later. If you don’t wish to give them a coin, just walk away and no one will complain you.When you can’t get rid of them, reiterate “Ming du”, which means “no” in Tibetan language.

The Potala Palace
By ELCABRON | 3/5/2005 6:36:28 AM

The Potala Palace, maybe the most famous building in Tibet, known by every tourist, is still able to keep its promise, even if you have seen all the movies and reports you wont be disappointed, because it is incredible!
The Potala dominates the city from a hill right in the center of Lhasa.It is the highest building in town and can be seen from nearly every point of the city. Despite the fact that the days are gone when religious and political decisions for Tibet were made here, it is not a dead and dusty museum. There is a vivid life inside and around the building because of the huge number of pilgrims visiting it each day (at least during my stay).
The building consists of up to 13 storeys and can be devided into the Red and the White Palace. Walk all the way through mystic dark halls filled with incense, chapels and rooms up to the roof from where you have the best view over the city!
Around the Potala, especially in the back there is a narrow pilgrimage circuit with hundreds of prayer wheels and stone carvings and paintings.

Barkhor Area
By ELCABRON | 3/5/2005 3:39:29 AM

This Pilgrimage Circuit around the Jokhang Temple is crowded with praying pilgrims and full of shops with pilgrim equipment. Prayer Flags, Prayer Wheels, everything a pilgrim needs. The assortment gets completed by a huge number of food stores (fresh meat and Yak butter most of the times) and delicious streetkitchens. The heart of the Barkhor Area is the Jokhang Temple.
You cannot get enough of the vivid Tibetan life in this part of the town!

Jokhang Temple
By ELCABRON | 3/5/2005 3:35:23 AM

Because it is the holiest Tibetan Temple many pilgrims do their prayers inside and around this place. They circle the Temple through the surrounding alleys by touching the ground with their full bodylength all the way on their pilgrimage circuit. Very impressive! Inside the Jokhang Temple there is another pilgrimage circuit full of prayer wheels around the center hall. There are alo several storeys and you can walk up to the golden roof, from where you have a nice view over parts of the Barkhor Area all the way to the Potala Palace.

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