Tibet Travel General FAQs
Can I withdraw cash from the local banks in Tibet?
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Credit cards such as American Express, Diners Club, JCB, Master and Visa are accepted at the local, large hotels and tourist stores. You also can withdraw cash from the Bank of China ATM machines found easily in Lhasa, Shigatse and Tsedang. Sometimes, the China Constructional Bank also works with these credit cards, but a $2-4 (USD) surcharge is applied for each transaction. Obviously, there will be no ATMs or banks in rural villages, so when we visit you'll need to carry some cash with you.

What do I do when approached by beggars?
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Religious beggars are an accepted part of society in Tibet. Giving money or food to a pilgrim is considered an act of merit. Donations of one cent to one Yuan (Chinese currency) are appropriate. But many young beggars in the street are professional beggars and you should wave them off as the locals do, Giving money to these young beggars discourages their own self-reliance.
What should I concern during my stay in Tibet?
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Tibetan people are very kind and friendly, but there are some things that you should be aware of:

·         Do not take photos of anyone without their permission; always ask permission first!

·         Do not discuss sensitive topics like political matters!

·         Do not wear hats or caps when you enter a chapel!

·         Do not touch Buddha statues or ritual offerings inside of a monastery!

·         Do not kiss or hug in public places, especially in monasteries!

·         Do not step across someone’s feet, cups or cooking gears!


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