While traveling in Tibet may seem fun and blood-pumping, but it is not without risks. First and foremost, for those first time travelers to Tibet, the altitude sickness is unavoidable and it can be annoying if you do not know how to handle it.
Which Reactions You May Get
With an altitude of 3000 meters above the sea, Tibet is known as the plateau region. Characterized by low air pressure, the concentration of oxygen in air is also low, easily leading to human hypoxia, caused by altitude sickness, such as acute mountain sickness, high altitude pulmonary edema, high altitude cerebral edema. When walking into the plateau 3000 meters above the sea you may have a headache, dizziness, palpitations, shortness of breath and other reactions. You may also go through loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, insomnia, fatigue, abdominal distension, chest tightness. The mild cyanosis on lips and facial edema are known as acute mountain sickness. When entering the plateau for the first time, people will feel a feeling of chest tightness, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties and other symptoms of hypoxia, but no serious symptoms. But this does not mean you cannot adapt to the plateau, if we can properly deal with them, our balance system will take 3 to 7 days to adjust well to adapt to the new environment.
Useful Tips for Alleviating Sickness Reactions
When first entering the plateau, do not eat or drink too much, so as not to increase the burden on the digestive organs, which can well adapt to the environment. Better not drink wine and smoke. You should eat more vegetables, fruits rich in vitamins and other substances and drink a large number of water, the more the better, as long as you can bear. Do not walk fast or even run; and do not engage in any labor; best rest half a day before heading out on journey; sleep early the first night. Right from getting off the plane, a lot of people do not feel altitude sickness, then they will be opinionated, as a result, symptoms appear at night and it was too late. Avoid catching a cold as much as possible. Cold is one of the main causes for acute high altitude pulmonary edema. Plateau temperature difference is particularly steep, very easy to catch a cold, remember this, you should wear more layers of clothes.
With these above-mentioned tips in mind, you will get rid of the altitude sickness soon and enjoy journey to its fullest!
For a truly amazing Tibet tour, after getting the local folk culture, scenery, festivals and some other elements, there is an increasing number of small and simple family-run guesthouses hidden in the backstreets of the Tibetan quarter. There are many money-saving hotels waiting for you.
Banak Shol Hotel
Once the place to stay back in the early days of independent travel, Banak Shol is looks pretty tried these days. It is still got several things going for it, including the good Nam-tso Restaurant, reliable luggage storage and pleasant wooden verandas, but the stuff seem jaded, the walls of the cheaper rooms are paperthin, and most rooms look onto either the noisy main road or a courtyard that seems perpetually full of reversing Land Cruisers. The doubles with a hot-water bathroom are among the cheapest such rooms in Lhasa, but they are not terribly well maintained. Other plus points include an efficient branch of FIT and free laundry (though the staff won't touch your crusty socks after a week's trekking!). The majority of the guests these days are Chinese backpackers. The hotel doesn't accept reservations.
Snow Lands Hotel
Snowlands is another of Lhasa old-timers. It was a favorite with backpackers and carpet traders back in the 1980s, but the mood has changed a bit since then. Despite the almost perfect location beside Barkhor Square, Snow-lands is quieter than both the Yak and the Banak Shol, largely because the standards are lowers. The cheaper rooms suffer from paper-thin walls, the shower block is hit-and-miss Quiet but dark doubles with bathroom are discounted to 100 Yuan in the low season and come with a heater. The deluxe rooms offer new beds and Tibetan décor. Laundry costs 2 Yuan per piece.
The third of Lhasa's old-timers, the Kirely deserves more custom than it gets. It is friendly and clean, and has reliable hot water in the shower block around the back. The Tashi II restaurant is on the premises and there is lots of balcony sitting service is free-put your washing in the bags provided and hand it in to reception before 9 am. The main grumbles we have are scarcity of sinks and the crummy shared toilets. The dim doubles with private bathroom at the back of the courtyard are not really up to much either, though the upstairs rooms are better.
Choosing them, it is equal to establish your home there, cozy and fresh!
Staying in a tranquil land to appreciate the folk culture and history, it will be truly a wonderful enjoyment. In addition to Potala Palace and the dazzling Tibetan religion, Tashilhunpo Monastery has been listed in the Tibet tour destinations. Now, I would like to lead you to walk closer to it.
Well-designed Construction of Tashilhunpo Monastery
Located at the foot of Drolmari, being built by the first Dalai Lama, this mnastery also experienced a large scale expanding. With the covering area of 300,000 square meters, building constructions here are all used for delicate designing and dazzling decoration. Standing on the entrance of Tashilhunpo, tourists could see the grand buildings with golden roofs and white walls. The golden represented the holy and grave feeling. While, the white color represented the sincerity and purity! Most of the impressive will be the giant statue of Maitreya Buddha. Being decorated with golden, copper, pearl and many other precious stones, this statue has lured loads of tourist for worshipping and praying.
Irreplaceable Spot in Tashilhunpo Monastery
As one of the oldest and largest building in Tashilhunpo Monastery, Kelsang Temple will be a must-see spot in the tourists coming here. As a colossal compound, this temple conveyed unique folk culture to the local residence. Tour here, the Main Chanting Hall will be the first to lure tourists. It is holy place where the lamas learnt the sutras and listen to the Panchen Lama sermon. There is a high statue located on the back end of this hall, measuring 5 meters high. It is said that there is a part of the Sakyamuni relic was placed in it. Tashilhunpo Monastery also treasures characteristic wall paintings.
Tips for Appreciating Tashilhunpo Monastery
If you are very interested in this monastery, the ideal time coming here is during the important festivals such as the Tibetan New Year and Dancing Deity Festival, because during this period, it is free to enter into. Taking pictures is the ideal of every tourist. If you want to take pictures, you should ask the local lamas in advance. Respect their life style. For such a grand place, it is very easy to be wandering lost. So, during this time, you should take care accompanying with your friends closely!
Tibet has endowed the deep graveness to the Tashilhunpo Monastery!