How to Deal with Altitude Sickness in Tibet Travel by Catherine


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.

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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!

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Fabulous Highlights around Holy Lhasa by Tina


When relating to Tibet, what appeared in the mind will be the Lhasa city, local culture, sceneries and minority life. Within easy cycling distance of central Lhasa are the impressive Gelugpa monasteries of Ganden and Drepung. Both are must-sees, even if you have only a brief stay in Lhasa. Now, let us walk closer to Lhasa city to research the treasures inside.

Famous Drepung Monastery
Drepung Monastery

Measuring about 8 kilometers west of central Lhasa, Drepung was once of the world largest monasteries. The word Drepung literally translates as rice heap, a reference to the huge numbers of white monastic buildings that once piled up on the hillside. It suffered through the ages with assaults by the kings of Tang and the Mongols, but was left relatively unscathed during the Cultural Revolution and there is still much of interest intact. Rebuilding and resettlement continue at a pace unmatched elsewhere in Tibet and the site once again resembles a small village, with around 600 monks resident. The best way to visit chapels is to follow the pilgrims or failing that the yellow signs. Interior photography coasts 10 Yuan to 20 per chapel. A restaurant near the bus stop serves reviving tea by the glass, as well as bowls of shemdre and momos. The upstairs seating is very pleasant.

Profound History of Drepung Monastery
Drepung Monastery was founded in 1416 by a charismatic monk and disciple of Tsongkhapa celled Jamyang Choje. Within just a year of completion the monastery had attracted a population of some 2,000 monks. In the year of 1530 the second Dalai Lama established the Ganden Palace, the palace that was home to the Dalai Lamas unitil the fifth built the Potala. It was from here that the early Dalai Lamas exercised their political as well as religious control over central Tibet, and the second, third and fourth Dalai Lamas are all entombed here.

Dazzling Ganden Palace
Ganden Palace

From the car park, follow the kora clockwise around the outside of the monastery until you reach the steps up to the Ganden Palace. The first hall on the left is Sanga Tratsang, a recently renovated chapel housing statues of the protectors Namse, Nagpo Chenpo, Dorje Jigje, Palden Lhamo, Dharmaraja and the Nechung oracle, all arranged around a central statue of the fifth Dalai Lama.

Join us and all the mysterious and holy places will encounter your life here!

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Comfortable Accommodation for Tibet Tour by Tina


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
Hotel in Lhasa

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
Hotel in Lhasa

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.

Kirey Hotel
Hotel in Lhasa

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!

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