Snowland Railway and Tibet Travel Review

Trip Start Feb 24, 2006
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Trip End Dec 31, 2007


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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Some photos from the Tibetian Railway and some info for people going to Tibet.

Lhasa Area Information
 
Must See:           ;           ;           ;           ;           ;           ;           ;           ; Also Good:
Ganden (kora) - 7am bus from Barkhor          ;           ;           ;       Drepung Monastery
Samgye (kora) - 630 am bus from Barkhor          ;           ;           ;  Norbulingka
Sera (debating monks)                                                                  Treks to EBD
Jokhang Temple
Potala Palace (iffy, but still interesting)
NamTso Lake - 2 day tour
Barkhor Square
Ramoche Monastery
 
Message Boards:           ;           ;           ;           ;           ;        Travel Centers:
Kirey Hotel         & nbsp;         & nbsp;         & nbsp;         & nbsp;         & nbsp;         & nbsp;      Sonam FIT (just left of Pentoc
Dong Cuo YHostel                                                           Guesthouse entrance - great advice)
Banak Shol Hotel
Phantsok YHostel
Sonam FIT
 
Accomodation:
Banak Shol - a dump, but cheap with a great restaurant
Kirey - OK, but loud area with good restaurant and internet
Daxia - quiet and great location with double beds (www.daxiaguesthouse.com)
Yak - overpriced, but OK dorms (bargain hard)
Dong Cuo YH - good overall
Phantsok YH - OK, but bad service
 
Restaurants:
Tashi's - a bit over-rated, but decent and cheap
New Mandala - good rooftop, OK food
NamTso (@ Banak Shol) - great food on a rooftop
Snowland - decent overall with good desserts
Tengylink Café (aka Tibet Café) - good food, prices and variety
Summit Café - best coffee and desserts in town (free wi-fi)
Music Bar (across from Yak) - good bar atmosphere
 
Souveniers (bargained down prices - in Chinese yuan):
Generic t-shirt - 25, down from 50
Scarf - 20, down from 40
Tibetian masks - 50, down from 120
Turquoise jewelry - 15/gram, down from 25/gram
Small decorative knife - 20, down from 50
Dropenling Store - fantastic handicrafts with set prices
Small water - 2 yuan (saw people paying 5 yuan)
Large water 4 yuan
 
If you can arrange your permit through a Tibetian travel center (like Sonam - 0086-891-6320200 or ttbfisonam@hotmail.com) you can save heaps of money and it'll cost around 50-100 yuan.  I only mention Sonam because she was the most honest and straight-forward person I talked with in Tibet.  If obtaining your permit in China, you'll pay anywhere between 400-700 yuan, even at reputable hostels!

Avoid flying into Lhasa if possible, train in if you can, because the altitude sickness will kick your ass!
 
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