The Area
The country is comprised of seven regions, known as prefectures. These include Lhasa, Qamdo, Nagqu, Ngari, Nyingchi, Shannan, and Xigatse. Although there are various cities and villages within Tibet, the most notable include Lhasa, the capital, and Xigatse, the second-largest city in the region. Aside from the cities worth visiting, Tibet is filled with natural beauty ranging from Mount Kailash to the Yarlong River National Park to Qomolangma National Nature Reserve, which is the home to the Tibetan side of Mount Everest. Be aware that altitude sickness is a severe risk of Tibet.

The Tibetan people as a whole are powerful, adaptable, warm, and hospitable. Many people are quick to invite tourists to their own homes and serve them authentic homemade regional food and buttered tea. You will find that Tibetans may want to look in your guide book; let them. Many Tibetans do not get to see many places in their country, so your guide book is fascinating to them - notably the pictures. The Tibetan people are the most beautifully natured people who will genuinely go out of their way to accommodate you. However, it is of the utmost importance that tourists treat the region and its people with respect.

Keep the following suggestions in mind when visiting Tibet: Always try to use the local Tibetan dialect when possible. Never photograph a person without permission. Most monasteries do not mind photography - but for a fee. Sometimes videos are not allowed regardless of payment. Do not discuss political matters; this could put people's lives at risk. Respect local customs and beliefs; religion is essential to the Tibetan people.

It is heavily influenced in their lives, so be respectful when photographing. Be aware that any monk you see could potentially be an undercover Chinese operative trying to catch out Tibetans or you. Do not have any photos of the Dalai Lama. He is regarded Number One enemy, and if you do have any pictures, they will be confiscated, and you may be removed from the country. Try to eat genuine Tibetan dishes during your stay. Do not purchase family, religious, or antique items as it destroys the culture. Never visit or photograph a sky burial. Unless invited by a Tibetan, and even then, you probably won't be welcome. If suddenly you are having stones thrown at you, then you are not welcome. A sky burial is their funeral, so how would you like some strange tourist photographing at your family's funeral? Stay away.

The Food
The harsh climates have influenced the distinct character of Tibetan food. The food provides not only sustenance but also warmth and energy. Because of the high altitude of the region has made cooking with water almost impossible, Tibetan food has become quite specialized, and the diet is rich in meat, milk, and other high protein foods. Momos (boiled dumplings) are a staple along with yak butter tea, which tastes like a warm, salty, watery milk tea with a slight yak flavor. An acquired taste but great for chapped lips and keeping you warm because of the fat content. Jasmine tea is also readily available. Fruits or juices are not available for the most part, but even in the most remote places, you will be able to get name brand soft drinks, Marlboro Lights cigarettes, or Lhasa beer. Also, more readily available than bottled water!

Staying Safe
Staying safe while on vacation in Tibet is quite essential. There is political tension in the country, especially between the communist Chinese government and the people of Tibet, who are strictly monitored. It is wise to avoid any political protests. Although they are rare, they are suppressed brutally by the local government, and Westerners with cameras are mainly targeted. Additionally, when traveling in the region, there is always the possibility of a vehicle breaking down while on tour. Therefore, it is wise to carry a snack, some water, and extra warm clothing.

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Author's Bio: 

Beethy Chang