Introduction to Tibet
 Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR for short) attracts people of all persuasions every year from both home and abroad. It rewards every visitor with an unforgettable experience of the land, the people and the mysticism! It is the gateway of southwest China. Its land mass is about 1/8 of the territories of the country. The history of it all began about 4,000 years ago, when living was simpler. Lhasa is the political, economic, cultural and religious center with abundant cultural relics, like the world's highest palace complex, the Potala Palace built over 1,300 years ago.


Geography and Natural Scenery


This place is called 'Roof of the World' and the 'Third Pole of the Earth'. Five mountains exceed the altitudes of 8,000 meters (26,240 feet) and most rise to 7,000 meters (22,960 feet), making them a natural challenge for mountaineers. The world's highest peak, Mt. Everest is situated in this region. The vast land is also the river source for the Yangtze River, the Yellow River, the Yarlong Tsangpo (Brahmaputra), the Indus, and the Ganges. Its lakes: the Heavenly Lake Namtso, the Yamdrok Yumtso Lake and the Lake Manasarova set the region apart as an exceptional      scenic  place.

Cities of Tibet

§  Lhasa - the capital of Tibet

§  Gyantse

§  Qamdo (Chamdo)

§  Xigatse (Shigatse) - the second largest city in Tibet

 

Other Destination

§  Potala Palace - former residence of Dalai Lama

§  Jokhang Temple - For most Tibetans, it is the most sacred and important temple in Tibet.

§  Namtso Lake) - heavenly lake for Tibetans

§  Yamdrok Lake - sacred lake for Tibetans

§  Ranwu Lake - a beautiful glacier lake along Sichuan-Tibet Highway

§  Mount Kailash - a sacred mountain revered by both Tibetan Buddhists and Hindus.

§  Qomolangma National Nature Reserve - the Tibetan side of Mount Everest

§  Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon - the deepest canyon in

Tibet Permit

Corrently, a Chinese Visa is not enough to visit Tibet. You will also need several Tibet Permits, including Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit(TTB Permit), Alien Travel Permit(PSB Permit) and Military Permit which are issued by three different Tibet authority bureaus.Among these three permits,the TTP Permit is the most important one that you need to buy a flight or train ticket and board flight or train to Tibet. Besides,the TTP is needed to apply the following two permits: Alien Travel Permit and Military Permit..

TTB (Tibet Entry Permit) - It is issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau and is a must for foreign tourists entering Tibet. When you check in your flight to Tibet, you have to showcase your original TTB Permit. While if you take a train into Tibet, only a copy of your TTB Permit is needed. The TTB Permit is your key to Tibet, please contact us to apply it.

1.      PSB (Alien's Travel Permit) - It is required when you are planning to travel to the remote areas in Tibet, which you can obtain it after you arrive in Tibet. PSB Permit can be issed in the capital city of each prefectures in Tibet by local Public Secuiry Bureau.

2.      Military Permit - you have to obtain if you are planning to travel to some sensitive areas, for example - Nagri.


Tibet Permit - your key to Tibet tour

 

How to get Tibet Permit

To get Tibet Permits, you need:

1.      Work out a detailed itinerary in Tibet and book a tour from a China travel agency.

2.      Pay for a tour guide for your every day tour(your travel agency will arrange for you).

3.      Hire a vehicle (nomally a 4WD) for your transportation outside Lhasa(your travel agency will arrange for you).

4.      Send a deposit to your travel agency through Paypal or bank transfer

5.      Send a scan of your passport information and China visa.

6.      Arrange a detailed address in China(hotel, guesthouse or local agency) to receive your posted TTP permit.


Why permit needed for foreigners?

Considering the special ethnic traditions, the cultural relics, the environmental protection and the transportation capacity of Tibet, when non-Chinese citizens, including US citizens, UK citizens, Americans, Australians, Canadians, Indians, German citizens, French, etc, you need not only a Chinese Visa but also Tibet entry permit (also calledTibet visa or Lhasa visa).