Tibet Cultural Travel Tips
Tibet Cultural Travel Tips
As a responsible travel agency based in Lhasa, we keep practicing our deep knowledge of responsible Tibet tourism. Here are some guidelines and we hope it can make visitors aware of the cultural differences between Tibet and many western counties. With an average elevation of over 4000 meters, Tibet remained inaccessible to most people for a great portion of its history. A lack of outside influence has helped Tibetan culture blossom into one of the most unique cultures that can be found on earth. With the modern world rapidly encroaching on Tibet and its people, abiding by a few guidelines can go a long way in terms of helping local Tibetans feel comfortable with foreign visitors.
Ask permission before photographing people or religious sites!
Just like anywhere else, some Tibetans may feel uncomfortable when having their pictures taken while others may have no problem. Many monasteries and temples charge a fee for taking pictures. You should consult a native Tibet travel guide at first because they know when and where photographs are OK. And remember if photographing is allowed, paying a fee is necessary.
Avoid politically sensitive discussions in public!
Tibetan political situation is unique. While political discourse is beneficial to societies the world over, given the situation, these kind of discussions may make some Tibetans feel uncomfortable. So please show respect to the local situation and avoid any politically sensitive discussions in public.
This is a great way to engage with locals on a Tibet tour. It is appropriate and appreciated to make donations at monasteries or temples. Also, food or money can be a great gift for a pilgrim. However, avoid giving candy or money to children as it encourages begging. Tibet Travel Expert team (affiliated to Tibet Ctrip Travel Service) is developing fast due to the high standard service quality with reasonable prices and since 2013 we began a charity project to local community.
Try speaking Tibetan!
While it is hard to pronounce and the words can be hard for westerners to remember, any attempt is appreciated. A simple “Tashi Delek” can brighten someone’s day! So remember to learn some useful Tibetan travel language and try to talk with local tour guides, drivers, shop owners and hotel staff with little simple local language.
Travelers to Tibet are likely to experience a world different from anything they know. While it could be difficult to keep in mind of every single cultural norm, making an effort to follow these guidelines make Tibetans feel that you respect their culture and way of life. Tibet is a rapidly changing place and many Tibetans are trying hard to hold on to their unique culture before it slips away forever. When visiting, travelers must be mindful of their actions and how their actions affect locals. Get involved in Tibetan culture by taking Tibet Cultural Travel now.