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!
Weather in Beijing, as in most of China, has a continental monsoon climate with dry winters and hot summers. During the winter (November to February), the weather commonly brings dry and cold climate with occasional snowfall, temperature between 2°C and -5°C. During summer (May to September) with temperatures ranging from 25°C-30°C, the weather is mostly hot and humid. Autumn (from mid-September to the end of October) is the best time for visit Beijing. Visitors will enjoy mild temperature and plenty of sunshine.
Summer (from early June to mid-September)
China Great Wall in Summer
Summer in Beijing is very hot especially in June and July with temperature between July and August ranges between 30°C and 40°C. If travelling during this time it is best to travel before early June or late August to avoid the heat and rainy weather.
Autumn (from mid-September to the end of October)
Autumn in Beijing enjoys mild temperature and plenty of sunshine. The weather is gorgeous and the scenery of the trees changing colour engaging. There are also fewer tourists. All through this short season of the year the average highs stands at 25°C while the lows at around 8°C.
Winter (from early November to the next March)
Majestic Forbidden City Covered By Snow
Beijing has a cold, long and dry winter. The average temperature in December, January and February below is 0°C. Make sure you will bring comfortable winter clothes with layers. Winter is not a bad time for visit Beijing. Travelers could enjoy all favorite winter activities, such as, skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, attend the ice lantern festival at Longqing Gorge, spa bathing, etc. It also can be your great choice because mostly tourist destinations will offer more peaceful atmosphere, less crowded.
Spring (early April till end of May)
Gradually the temperature in the city rises as the spring appears in Beijing. During March the average highs stand at 11.6°C but in April it climbs dramatically and stands at 20°C.
Beijing is an amazing city with splendid tourism resource, profound culture and a long history. Beijing attracts millions of tourists each year and to better prepare your Beijing tour, tourists should get more information about Beijing in advance, including the city transportation.
Subway Station in Beijing
Beijing Subway is a rapid transit rail network that serves the urban and suburban districts of Beijing. Beijing Subway's flat fare costs 2 RMB per ride with free transfers on all lines except for the Airport Express which costs 25 RMB. Its serving time is from 5:00am in the morning till 10:30pm (some lines may even later) in the evening. The ticket office is available at the station entry. For short visit in Beijing, travelers are recommended to purchase a single ride ticket which only valid on the same day from the station they were purchased. It can be bought from the cashier or from the new electronic ticketing machines that have service in English.
Buses are the best way for tourists to get close with locals. Bus fare is cheap, 1 RMB a ride (0.4 RMB with an IC Card), while air-conditioned buses charge 2 RMB and up. Buses run 5am to 11pm daily or thereabouts, and stops are few and far between. Travel by bus is not recommended for tourists who unfamiliar with Beijing and Chinese. There not available some English direction at all so because of that it will be very confuse for tourists.
Beijing currently has 66,646 taxis in operation for about 700 million trips in a city. Taxis are plentiful, clean and cheap in Beijing. As the most comfortable ride for wandering around the city, Beijing taxi offers a variety of models and colors (most commonly green, brown or blue). Fares are charged according to the running kilometers. Every taxi are metered, do not accept the taxi which do not use any meters on it. Beijing taxi fares are more expensive at midnight (11:00 pm – 05:00am). On the day time (5:00am - 23:00pm), the base fare of Beijing taxi start 13 RMB (first 3 kilometers) and per each additional kilometer cost 2.3 RMB after 3 kilometers. For a trip after 15 kilometers, per each additional kilometer cost 3.45 RMB.
A bicycle is the best way to explore the city's hutong alleyways. It is also the nice way to avoid traffic which become badly on busiest time. Small and mid-sized hotels usually have a bike rental service, and rental shops can be found on almost every street. Before you rent the bike, check the bike's condition carefully, especially the brakes and tires. Travel Beijing in different way by bike!