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Tibetan New Year Tour

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Tibet is quite noted for its long history and splendid culture. Unique Tibetan civilization has been formed in the long history. The mysterious and unique Tibetan culture will be presented during Tibetan festivals. Tibet festival . .
Country: Tibet
City: Lhasa
Duration: 4 Day(s) - 3 Night(s)
Tour Category: Festival Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99
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Tibet is quite noted for its long history and splendid culture. Unique Tibetan civilization has been formed in the long history. The mysterious and unique Tibetan culture will be presented during Tibetan festivals. Tibet festival tours let you experience the local customs and traditions of the Tibetans from various festivals directly.


Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Potala Palace, Norbulingka, Sera


Day 01: Arrive in Lhasa (70 km):

We will arrive in Lhasa around 16:00. Our local guide will greet you at the railway station and present you a Hada (presenting Hada is a special ceremony of Tibetan for greeting their guests). Then we will set out for the Holy City – Lhasa which is 3658 meters above sea level. You could take a rest and adapt yourself to the plateau environment after we arrived at our hotel. Accommodation:3-star Standard Hotel Meals: None

Day 02: Potala Palace - Norbu Lingka:

We will visit the highest ancient castle-style architectural complex above sea level – Potala Palace (1 hour). It was the residence of the Tibetan Dalai Lamas, as well as the political, educational, and religious center of Tibet. It was built in the 7th century during the reign of Songtsen Gampo and is composed of the White Palace and the Red Palace. There is a solemn Buddhist scripture chanting ceremony in the New Year according to the Tibetan Calendar.

In the afternoon, we will visit Norbu Lingka – the Summer Palace of Dalai Lamas. It was constructed in the 1740s and covers an area of 0.36 square meters after more than 200 years of expansion. It is the largest artificial garden in Tibet with beautiful landscapes and rich historical relics. Accommodation:3-star Standard HotelMeals: B

Day 03: Jokhang Temple – Barkhor Street – Sera Monastery:

We will tour Jokhang Temple in the morning. There is a solemn praying ceremony during Tibetan New Year, the Buddhists would chant and a large quantity of Buddhism followers would collect here. We will visit Sera Monastery to enjoy its special and famous Buddhist scripture debating. Accommodation:3-star Standard HotelMeals: B

Day 04: Leave Lhasa:

We will transfer you to the airport. Accommodation:NoneMeals: B



Transfers between airport/train station, hotels, and Scenic Spots while the whole sightseeing by air-conditioned vehicle with a driver and English-speaking guide.


The English-speaking local tour guide, your kind friend in Tibet

Entrance fees listed in the itinerary


3 to 4-star hotel in Lhasa according to your request, guesthouse or tent in other areas according to the specific condition

Travel Permits:

All Tibet traveling permits

Travel Insurance



Transportation to and from Tibet


Single Room Supplement

Personal Expenses like beverages, mini bar, laundry, telephone cost, etc

Tips to driver and tour guide as you wish.



Before you go


Passport, Tibet Entry Permit, Aliens’ Travel Permit, Military Allowance.

Health Care:

Tourists should take care of your body before you enter Tibet. People who catch a severe cold, respiratory system diseases, heart disease, hypertension, or asthma are not advised to tour Tibet.

Personal Belongings:

Portable and practical. Forbidden objects and dangerous goods are banned. Flashlight is rather needed since sometimes you have to set off early in the morning and back to your hotel late at night. You should also bring some daily necessities with you since the accommodation conditions might be pretty poor. Multifunctional Cross-shaped knives could be used to peel the fruits and open the drinks and canned food.

Enough Cash:

There are only a few banks in Lhasa and Shigatse such as Bank of China, China Construction Bank, and Agricultural Bank of China due to the limited conditions. Thus tourists are suggested to take enough cash instead of credit cards. You can exchange for cash in such banks but foreign currency exchange services are only offered by the Bank of China and a few hotels. It’s not convenient to withdraw money in another area of Tibet and even only cash can be accepted.

While in travel

High Altitude Sickness:

High altitude sickness is a normal phenomenon on the plateau, and you shouldn’t be too worried about it. Generally, these symptoms would disappear in one or two days after you adapt to the plateau environment. You should sleep enough and drink a lot of water. During the adjustment period, you should not do some violent activities; appropriate clothes should be worn to protect yourself from the cold.

Political Issues:

Political issues are very sensitive in Tibet. It is not advisable to discuss the Tibet issue with the local Tibetans.

Not Do in Photography:

You should also realize that not all the Tibetans would like to be photographed, especially the Tibetan women. You’d better ask for their permission before you take pictures.

Traditions and Customs:

The tour guide will detail the folk customs and taboos of the Tibetan nationality and the Hui nationality, which we couldn’t violate.

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