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What you need to know when you plan on visiting Tibet pt.2 read more
Sep-3rd-2015 | Post by expatree

This week, we wrap up on what else you need to know when you plan on visiting Tibet!

Food and Drinks

The traditional Tibetan diet is mostly limited to barley, meat (mutton or yak) and dairy products, with very few spices or vegetables, although brutally hot chili sauce is often served on the side. Even good Tibetan food is very monotonous with most Tibetan restaurants serving nothing other than thukpa (noodle soup) and tea. Unfortunately there is not a single genuine high standard Tibetan restaurant in Tibet. One would have to go to neighbouring provinces such as Sichuan for such type of restaurant. All Tibetan restaurants in Lhasa featured in guidebooks and frequented by non-Chinese tourists are westernized ones serving a few Tibetan dishes along with pizzas, spaghetti, pancakes, etc.


Traditional plates:

Momos - dumplings filled with meat or vegetables, steamed or fried

Tingmo - bland, nearly tasteless steamed bread

Thukpa - a hearty noodle soup with veggies or meat

Thenthuk -

What you need to know when you plan on visiting Tibet read more
Aug-28th-2015 | Post by expatree

Are you planning on visiting Tibet anytime soon? Well take sometime to read through a basic introduction of what you need to keep in mind when planning. Permits, tours, accomodation and even food are not what you expect. To best enjoy Tibet, you need to plan and prepare for what you will encounter in this beautiful land. Expatree hopes to have helped you getting better acquainted with the customs of visiting Tibet.

- Are you authorised to tour Tibet freely?

This is not permitted. If you plan to visit Tibet, be prepared to have a private tour or be part of a group tour. Before 2008, although a rarity, there were some free tours, however, all persons must be accompanied and have to go through various check points. This is for security reasons especially in the outskirts of Lhasa.

- How much tour freedom do I really have?

When visiting tour points in Tibet, you have to be accompanied by a tour guide but if you are relaxing for the day, you are permitted to be alone. There are very clear rule

Good News! Refund Policy for Overseas Visitors read more
Jan-29th-2015 | Post by expatree
More or less, Chinese tourists overseas have been able to enjoy VAT refund benefits when shopping on holidays. Now all of overseas visitors in China can cheer for this kind of benefit as it has been officially announced last week by the Ministry of Finance that, If overseas visitors meet the requirements while they are shopping, these consumers definitely can get 11% VAT refunded.
The purpose of VAT refund policy is obviously to attract more and more foreigners to China for travelling and shopping. They hope the tax cuts will act as a stimulant to further economic growth. China has tried to align with international standard on the refund issues, while it is approaching the trend of economic development and somehow internationalization.
As an oversea visitor, we are interested in this policy requirement, now let’s explore it in more detail.
Firstly, it is indicated that the visitor who comes from foreign countries including H
Popular Ski Resorts around Shanghai read more
Jan-16th-2015 | Post by expatree

Skiing is becoming an increasingly popular sport in China, with new resorts opening, and an ever-wider range of slopes available. For lovers of skiing in the Shanghai area, there are several options from which to choose.

> 浙江杭州临安大明山万松岭滑雪场
Wansongling Ski Resort Daming Mountain, Lin An, Zhejiang Province
4 hours from Shanghai, 300 RMB/person/hour
open time: 08:45-18:00

The Lin'an Daming Mountain Ski Site is the largest resort in all of eastern China. Located behind Daming Lake in the larger Lin'an Daming Mountain Scenic Area, it is situated at a height of approximately 1,200 metres. The site consists of two major areas. The relaxation area extends out over some 10,000 square meters and is itself extensive, while the skiing area itself takes up the majority of the site, some 30,000 square meters. For children and novices there are bunny-runs. Other runs cater for skiers up to intermediate level. When natural snow is unavailable, the Lin'an Daming Mou
Yeah, Time for “People Mountain People Sea” again, Avoid These Crowded Areas read more
Oct-2nd-2014 | Post by expatree

In China, there is an old saying describing huge amounts of people gathering around one place together as “Mountain” and “Sea”. During the China´s National Day holiday, it’s never a surprise to encounter this “impressive” scene every year. It was just reported at the beginning of October, that several well-known travel spots were already swallowed by waves of visitors. For example, one of famous sites, West Lake Duan Qiao, the so called “broken bridge” accepted 8000 visitors within only 1 hour.
  • “Excuse me, where is the Broken Bridge?”
  • “Just under your feet”
  • “But where is the West Lake?”
  • “Sorry, I’m still looking for it, too many people in my eyes, I cannot find it!”
It was frequently asked by visitors. Well, we cannot stop the passion of visitors but it’s strongly recommended that you should avoid the following places for a visit during the national holi
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