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Tibet Travel Advice

Tibet Travel Advice

Things to take

    * sleeping bag (good to 20 Fahrenheit, down recommended but not necessary), and Comfortable sleeping pad.
    * an adequate supply of any prescription medication
    * camera and film
    * good UV protection sunglasses
    * Pepto-Bismol tablets
    * combination padlock (for storing your belongings)
    * extra pair of eyeglasses or contacts and plenty of cleaning solution, if used
    * flashlight and batteries (for our many monastery visits and camping)
    * luggage locks
    * small travel alarm clock
    * soap/toothbrush/toothpaste
    * Sun block (at least SPF 15)
    * spiral notebook (small and medium sizes recommended)
    * study journal and pens
    * tampons and/or sanitary napkins
    * towel
    * water bottle (at least one liter, and be sure to check for leaks)
    * water purification tablets

Optional Items

    * Ace bandage
    * Small first-aid kit (band-aids, ibuprofen, decongestants, tape, etc.)
    * brush/comb
    * dental floss
    * iron supplements (for women)
    * moleskin-type blister protection
    * novels (bring a few and trade with classmates)
    * Swiss Army knife or multi-tool knife
    * umbrella
    * vitamin supplements

What to wear

Wear sufficient clothing: Travelers can minimize areas of exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved cloths, boots, and hats. Wearing socks and closed shoes instead of sandals may reduce risk.

Health

Vaccines or drugs are available to protect against some important vector-borne diseases such as yellow fever and malaria, travelers still should be advised to use repellents and other general protective measures against biting arthropods.

CDC recommends the use of products containing active ingredients that have been registered by the U.S. For efficacy and human safety when applied according to the instructions written on the label.

Currency of Tibet

Chinese Renminbi (RMB) is used by Tibetan as currency, or Yuan. 8.3 is the current rate of the Yuan to the US dollar.

Renminbi (RMB). The basic unit is the yuan.The exchange rate is about USD 1 = 8.278 CNY (approx.) Banks in Tibet/china are closed on Saturday & Sunday. If it is cash dollars, even local people help you to get them exchanged in Chinese yuan. Travellers cheques & credit cards are very difficult to be cashed outside the banks especially outside Lhasa.

If you are travelling with above currency you find the country very affordable, a good meal available in most restaurants for under 30 Yuan, or a beer for 5 to 10. What is relatively expensive compared to the rest of Tibet is long distance transport and accommodation.
        
Money Exchange

Recieving RMB from automatic teller machines is now possible in Lhasa. There are ATMs in the central Bank of China branch and in a bank not far from the tourist centres. If you are bringing foreign currency to exchange outside of banks (ie when traveling outside Lhasa), it should be US dollars and you should plan to have small denominations (twenties or lower) to change in local hotels. There is no blackmarket for currency exchange in Tibet.

Credit Cards

Credit cards are accepted at the expensive hotels in the large cities such as Lhasa and Shigatse. Other than these cities, acceptance of credit card is very rare. This will undoubtedly change in the future but, right now, it means that you need to use cash for most transactions.

Custom And Duties

Customs Regulations

Visitors to the People's Republic of China are allowed to import 4 bottles of wine or spirits and 600 cigarettes along with their personal belongings. Items such as watches, radios, cameras, and calculators imported duty free for personal use may not be transferred or sold to others. Gifts and articles carried on behalf of others must be declared to the customs inspector and are subject to duty.

Duty Free:

Visitors to the People's Republic of China are allowed to import 4 bottles of wine or spirits and 600 cigarettes along with their personal belongings. Items such as watches, radios, cameras, and calculators imported duty free for personal use may not be transferred or sold to others. Gifts and articles carried on behalf of others must be declared to the customs inspector and are subject to duty.

Note: Customs officials may seize audio and videotapes, books, records and CDs to check for pornographic, political or religious material.

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