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Old 07-25-2017, 04:19 PM
 
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I have been many places. I want something different. I have been researching Tibet. Looks like I will have to have a Guided Tour. Anyone been there? Recommendations?
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Old 07-28-2017, 11:51 PM
 
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I've been all over China, but never to Tibet. First you need a visa to China and then when you travel to China you get a Tibetan visa which can be acquired in a few various cities. A guided tour is required to obtain the visa. I don't know if they have guided tours in English.

I don't have a lot of desire to go to Tibet so that's the limit to my knowledge. Even traveling through inner China (not Tibet) will be difficult with no knowledge of Chinese. Perhaps there is an English speaking tour company in the US that can act as a middleman and help you with the process.

In February I was in Northwestern Yunnan province and there is a lot of Tibetan influence there. It was an area settled
by Tibetans hundreds of years ago, but their culture became isolated from Tibet and they have unique religious beliefs and culture. It's the most beautiful part of China I have been to.

My goal is to travel to every Chinese province, so eventually I will go to Tibet, but probably not for many years to come.
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Old 07-29-2017, 04:20 AM
 
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If you are just interested in Tibetan culture, going to western Sichuan province is a good alternative too.

Sichuan has two Tibetan autonomous prefectures, and the vast majority of the residents in the two prefectures are Tibetans. The altitude is 3~5km in most places, and some valleys are warmer with beautiful lakes and forests. Jiuzhaigou Valley was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The Serdar county there used to have the biggest Buddhist institute in the world, but I heard it is partly closed.

These places are easily accessible by road from Chengdu, one of the largest cities in inland China.

Some pictures of western Sichuan:








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Old 07-31-2017, 07:17 AM
 
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I've been all over China, but never to Tibet. First you need a visa to China and then when you travel to China you get a Tibetan visa which can be acquired in a few various cities. A guided tour is required to obtain the visa. I don't know if they have guided tours in English.
I found a site that an American wrote---pretty informative. He lived in Tibet for 15 years and helped locals build their own tourism tour groups. There are permits that are needed and a guided tour is a requirement. I wrote the guy and he was amazing with his information and support. He made it sound much easier than it seems.
This guy is amazing in his vast experience and information.

Thanks for responding and adding your information. I am fascinated by Tibet. I have traveled a lot--I just want to go somewhere unique.
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Old 07-31-2017, 07:18 AM
 
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If you are just interested in Tibetan culture, going to western Sichuan province is a good alternative too.

Sichuan has two Tibetan autonomous prefectures, and the vast majority of the residents in the two prefectures are Tibetans. The altitude is 3~5km in most places, and some valleys are warmer with beautiful lakes and forests. Jiuzhaigou Valley was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The Serdar county there used to have the biggest Buddhist institute in the world, but I heard it is partly closed.

These places are easily accessible by road from Chengdu, one of the largest cities in inland China.

Some pictures of western Sichuan:
Thanks for your input. I will look into Sichuan. The photos are amazing!
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