Traveling in Tibet, China

travel in Tibet


The decision to travel to Tibet stems from my pressure when I first teach in China. With the help of Chinese colleagues and friends and the professional teaching training provided by the company, I finally got all the tools needed for the classroom. Everything looked good, but I was in distress since I was often obsessed with small details like "Do Chinese children who don't understand English know what I was talking?" "Do they like me?" "If no one likes my class or even hates it (one day a student made trouble in the class)?" One of my Chinese friend knew what I was suffering from, he kindly invited me to travel to Tibet with him to relieve anxiety. And it worked! This beautiful place healed me.


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Here are some effective strategies for traveling to Tibet.


1 Route to Tibet

What I suggest is the Qinghai-Tibet line, which means entering Tibet from Xining and passing through the Chaka-Gelmud-Tanggula mountain pass. One of the reasons for choosing this line is that the altitude increases slowly so that our body is able to adapt generally to alleviate altitude sickness. Moreover, the scenery along the way is very beautiful.


2 Altitude sickness

Many people think they should do more exercise before entering Tibet, but it is a misunderstanding. If you keep exercising all the time, you should stop half a month before going to Tibet since the increased oxygen consumption of the body increases the burden on the heart, which can easily cause altitude sickness. Also, people who are afraid of severe physical reactions can take anti-altitude sickness drugs in advance, such as "Rhodiola" and "High Altitude Red".


3 UV protection

The ultraviolet rays in Tibet are really strong! Even if the sun does not come out, you should also take sun protection measures (such as applying sunscreen and wearing sun protection clothing) to prevent sunburn.


4 Attractions

  • Xining: The starting point of the Qinghai-Tibet line starts from Xining. There are many people who believe in Islam here. They don't eat pork and Halal food can be seen everywhere here. Let's go to the countryside and follow the customs! There are many foods in Shuijing Lane, like local snacks and a variety of noodles. Qinghai Lake is beautiful, and the weather is so comfortable under the blue sky and white clouds!
  • You had better rent a car if you choose the Qinghai-Tibet Highway to enter Tibet because the road conditions are very complicated.Choose the route going north and you will see the desert in the oasis, browse the plateau wonders along the way-Qaidam Basin, and even the Tibetan antelopes roaring by!


  • Lhasa: You will meet Tibetans driving sheep along the way, and you can see the Potala Palace in almost every corner of Lhasa! If you want to visit the Potala Palace, you should buy a ticket in advance (ticket for the Jokhang Temple is 188 RMB), and all tourists must visit it within an hour. There are many people on Bajiao Street selling dzi beads, but never buy them!


  • Mila Snow Mountain: It has become a sacred mountain in the hearts of Tibetans because of its tall and majestic. A large expanse of magnificent Fengma flag is hung on the mountain pass, and the ground is scattered with Longda paper with scriptures. In a snow-capped mountain with an altitude of more than 5,000 meters, you will encounter cyclists walking with oxygen tanks on their backs. Very pleasant!


  • Yarlung Zangbo River (Brahmaputra): Basongcuo, the deepest canyon in the world, has a very clean scenery along the way.


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