We got news from State Grid Corporation of China that the 10KV Electric Power to Everest Project completed on 15th, April. This could be the most inspiring news for the Everest tourism. And the important gathering base for travelers – Everest Base Camp is able to use electricity now.
The project director Ba Dunzhu said the whole electric project took 2 years to complete, which will also bring electricity to about 1011 families of 21 villages along the project. As you know, many rural places in Tibet are unable to construct the electric wires due to the poor transportation and high altitude.
This project also brings electricity to Rongbuk Monastery, the highest-altitude monastery in the world (5,100m). Jiabu, an officer in Rongbuk Monastery said: “Our monks have been waited for the electricity for long time. Now lightening is no problem, and we can listen to the radios and watch television now”.
Tibet consists of 7 prefectures: Lhasa(capital), Shigatse(second largest city), Shannan, Nagqu, Ngari, Qamdo, Nyingchi. Lhasa, Shigatse and Shannan are the top 3 destinations in Tibet. They are major areas where have great Buddhism influence. Nagqu has holy Lake Namtso. Ngari has amazing landscape but it is remote and poor conditioned. Qamdo has few things to do. The last Nyingchi is the most special one which has both long lasting culture as well as stunning nature views. Especially in spring season, you will see a prosperous and beautiful land in Tibet. Then what Nyingchi has to offer?
Unlike the three holy lakes(Namtso, Yamdrok, Manasarovar) which are surrounded by snow mountains, Basum-tso lake looks like a green jade. At surrounding of Basumtso, it is prosperous virgin forest. Most surprising view is the small island of trees and flowers in the middle of lake. Overlook from lake, you will get amazing snow mountain and clouds views. Basum-tso lake details>>
Yarlungzangbo Canyon is recorded as the deepest, longest, highest and most dangerous canyon in the world which reaches a depth of 5,382 meters. The valley is home to varieties of species, due to its wide range of sea levels. And spring season greets its “green world”. All the plants turn into green because of the waterfall and humid weather. Yarlungzangbo Canyon is one the most popular places for trekking as well. Yarlungzangbo Canyon details>>
Seeing peach flower is the most popular activities in Nyingchi in spring. You can see the dazzling peach everywhere, such as villages, farmlands, and highway. The best way is to drive along the 318 National Road or 306 Provincial Road. April and early May are the flower season. So you have got to hurry up now.
Cypress trees are right close to Nyingchi county. If you are plants lover, you come the right place. At the altitude of 3000m, there are a forest cypress trees which covers more than 21 acres. Among of all there is a tree which is aged over 2500 years old with a diameter of 6m.
Lately Tibet travel permit can be fortunately applied again. And there are many people (mostly American) asking on web, such as Google, Ask, Quora community: does one need visa to travel to Tibet separately from China visa on US passport? People from other countries who also plan to visit Tibet may also have same query.
Eventually Tibet visa (or permit) is necessary document apart from China visa and passport. Before your landing on Tibet, you will need to showcase the Tibet permit when check in flight or train to Tibet. So we strongly recommend you apply permit at least 20 days ahead of scheduled date to Tibet. When we talk about Tibet permit, we refer the Tibet Travel Bureau Permit (TTB Permit) which is the authoritative name. Some people also call it Tibet Entry Permit. Above permits are same document which can only be issued by Tibet Travel Bureau.
Then who need to apply Tibet permit? Generally speaking, all non-Chinese citizens, including US, Australian, British, German, French, Canadian, etc, need to hold Tibet permit. Citizens of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan don’t have to apply permit.
To get Tibet Permits, you need:
- work out a detailed itinerary in Tibet and book a tour from a China travel agency.
- pay for a tour guide for your every day tour(your travel agency will arrange for you).
- hire a vehicle(normally a 4WD) for your transportation outside Lhasa(your travel agency will arrange for you).
- send a deposit to your travel agency through Paypal or bank transfer
- send a scan of your passport information and China visa.
- arrange a detailed address in China(hotel, guesthouse or local agency) to receive your posted TTP permit.
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Tibet-the Last Pure Land on the Earth
Tibet-the Land of Snows, also known as “the Roof of the World”. It used to be a mysterious Buddhist kingdom for many centuries, and blocked by the great Himalaya Mountains away from outside world. But now it is quite easy to travel Tibet from land or air.
For explorers it was a forbidden land of treasure and without doubt ranked as one of the most remarkable places to visit in Asia. It has incredible monasteries, fabulous challenging treks, splendid views of the world peak and one of the friendliest people on this amazing plateau. Witness the largest chörten (stupa) in Tibet in the “city of hero”-Gyantse. Hike along the Yarlung Valley which is considered as the cradle of Tibetan civilization. Marvel at the monkey cave in Gangpo Ri or walk the monastery kora (pilgrim path). There are too many incredible things for you to experience.
During your Tibet trip, you will bass by glittering mountain, turquoise lakes, and see prayer flags fluttering in the wind. You can stop at a stray monastery and listen to their chanting about Buddhism. You can stroll over to Tingri, and trek up to the Everest Base Camp where you will enjoy both incredible sunset and sunrise. The beauty of Tibet adventure is limitless.
For some people, Tibet is the best place for a spiritual tour. You will find a peace in mind when you came across a pious pilgrim praying aside of the Yamdrok Lake, or slices of prayers flag flying in the wind. Those moments of peace drive you quiet down and think about life, which will be one precious memory in your life. Tibet can truly be a spiritual paradise.