re the above post, that was something I was going to ask about: if a "tour" needed to be a big commercial-type tour or if you could do the more preferable option of just hiring someone to escort you personally (or to just follow you where you wanted to go, as the case may be)
Even if they are just to follow me where I want to go, I am not sure I like that they are there to prevent me from talking with Tibettans or to report every conversation I have with Tibettans to the Chinese authorities. Would going to Tibet be in fact supporting this lack of freedom of speech?
ok, I would like to share something with who really wants to Tibet for traveling. 1)Everyone should be in a group for getting a Tibet permit. But for the word "group", they don't say clearly about how many person could be viewed as a "group". Actually, if your tour is operated by a tour company, only 1 person is ok. 2) No tours from Kathmandu to Tibet is available now. You cann't get the Chinese visa and Tibet permits from Kathmandu. So the only way for entering Tibet is through mainland China. 3) You must get your permits before you arrive in Lhasa, actually you will be checked about it when checkin at the airport or train station. 4) You have to book your hotels before arrival in Tibet (of course through your agent). 5)Some places are still not open.
Okay, these are the latest information. Glad to share.
I've been reading your questionaries and reply on many posts, you are against the chinese in mind while posting ur views.... I think the best way is to experience yourself instead of steareotyping...
I am not against the Chinese Tyan.
It would be unreasonable to be against the entire population of any country.
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