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Why do we travel to Tibet? [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2017-8-9 20:34:44 |Display all floors
I don't know when it started, but travelling to Tibet has been regarded as a "sacred" journey. Many people claim that their souls have been clarified after visiting Tibet.

I recently visited Tibet, yet I feel my soul is still the same as it was before I went. The journey wasn't as sacred or clarifying as people said. Actually, it was full of hardship. Therefore, I would like to give those who believe visiting Tibet is a relaxed, fun and peaceful thing a little heads up.

Amazing scenery in Tibet comes with a price.

Firstly, be prepared for a hostile environment. The clear skies and the scared lakes hidden within the mountains all mean low oxygen, which is hard for most flatland inhabiters to adapt to.

Tibet's average altitude is 4,000 meters and many sites like Mount Qomolangma Base Camp are above 5,000 meters. Even the smallest amount of physical exertion can cause your heart to be overwhelmed.

Most people suffer from altitude stress, which causes dizziness, headache, nausea, loss of appetite and even fainting.  

The hostile environment also means continuously changing weather. If you plan to travel to different parts of Tibet, you need to pack clothes for all four seasons.

Secondly, be prepared for primitive living conditions. Most sites are hidden in remote mountains and sometimes you have to stay in villagers' houses. For example, there might be no running water.

Thirdly, prepare for extremely long journeys from one site to another. Tibet is a really large plateau full of rolling mountains and the scenic sites are sprinkled throughout. The only possible transport is by car, and most of the time you have to stay in the car for five to eight hours just to visit one site for an hour or two.

Most people post pictures of themselves posing gracefully in front of Tibet's great natural scenery, however, they don't tell you about all the difficulties.

If you are fully prepared and ready for all the challenges, you will see the unique view and culture that Tibet has to offer.

Not every visitor will have their souls cleansed, but they will definitely have their minds blown.

Tibet is worth a visit at least once in your life, but be prepared.

This article was published on the Global Times Metropolitan section Two Cents page, a space for reader submissions, including opinion, humor and satire. The ideas expressed are those of the author alone, and do not represent the position of the Global Times.

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Post time 2017-8-9 23:06:05 |Display all floors
No sweating, no sweet to enjoy.

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Post time 2017-8-9 23:29:15 |Display all floors
I have never been to Tibet .Though I just know little about it from some novels,it leaves an amazing impression on me,ang I dream of going there one day.Thanks for your intoduction,it is really helpful

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Post time 2017-8-10 08:07:20 |Display all floors
I have a severe heart problem, so I will go there in the future.
I forgot how to forget.

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Post time 2017-8-10 13:49:49 |Display all floors
I was in Tibet in 2001 for a week long sight seeing trip. Some of the things I remembered:
1. Visa - Laowais need a special visa to visit. I got mine at the Tibetan administrative office in Beijing.
2. High altitude sickness - It varies with different people and not necessarily depending on how healthy or physically fit you are. I got headaches in the early morning hours, and, BTW, I never experienced headaches before or after Tibet.
3. Tibetan Buddhism: I was very impressed by how deeply religious the Tibetans were. Some of the monasteries we visited were also schools of higher learnings.
4. Yoghurt: Best yoghurt I ever tasted. It was in a small eatery in an alleyway in Lhasa.

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Post time 2017-8-10 15:21:47 |Display all floors
Well... have seen things and want to see is different .. when you truly see things you really wanna to .. you'll find it's no big deal but for those who fail to do this .. It's big deal ..

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Post time 2017-8-11 21:25:06 |Display all floors
The original article took an unnecessary swipe at the spirituality that motivates many people to visit Tibet. It is there but it is not visible. You have to feel it. If you just go to escape from crowded Chinese city life you won't find it. You need an open mind and not just notice the hardships of travelling in Tibet.

The altitude sickness is a serious problem. Tourists who arrive by train or plane are the most likely to experience it. You should acclimatize at different altitudes. The next destination should be a maximum 500 meters higher. If you start at Golmud for example, located at 2500 m. above sea level, you should give it two to three days to reach the altitude where Lhasa is situated.

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