About this book
This new, thoroughly updated edition of Bradt’s Tibet encompasses the wider region of ethnic Tibet with more detailed coverage of the Amdo and Kham regions than is found in other guides. It also includes essential information on new border openings and is particularly strong on map data, which is extremely difficult to find in Tibet itself, including new theme maps covering a range of topics, from Tibetan regions to the Three Parallel Rivers UN World Heritage Sites, sacred landscapes, permafrost and major river sources.
Bradt’s Tibet benefits from years of consistent research. Michael Buckley has been visiting and researching Tibet for more than 30 years and has a raft of books to his name. Thanks to his knowledge and expertise, Bradt’s Tibet offers a more extensive language appendix than is found in other guidebooks, plus essential guidelines on cultural etiquette (including a special section on hand gestures to use), local customs and travelling with minimum impact on Tibet’s culture and environment. There is also an appendix on fauna and an extensive list of recommended further resources, including books, music, films and even virtual reality
Exploring ethnic Tibet independently is a challenge. The ‘land of snows’ possesses the world’s highest peaks (including Everest) and its deepest gorges as well as some of the wildest and roughest road routes in high Asia. Bradt’s Tibet provides all the practical information you need to explore ethnic Tibet independently, whether motoring, mountain-biking or trekking.
Tibet has always fascinated travellers and armchair travellers because it is so difficult to access due to its remoteness and extreme altitude. Now, under Chinese rule, Tibet is a sensitive destination for Westerners. Visitors needs all the information that they can lay their hands on-and this guidebook provides plenty. With flight routes and rail access to Tibet expanding, and new border crossings opening, Michael Buckley and Bradt’s Tibet provide all of the information you need to make the most of a trip.
About the author
Michael Buckley is a seasoned traveller to remote parts of High Asia and South Asia and is the author of ten books related to the Himalayan and South Asian regions. He has a passionate interest in environmental issues concerning Tibet: he is filmmaker for three short documentaries (see: www.WildYakFilms.com) and author of a ground-breaking exposé, Meltdown in Tibet (Macmillan, NY), with a companion digital photobook available at Apple’s iBooks under the title: Tibet, Disrupted.
PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION
Chapter 1 Background Information
Geography, Climate, Natural history, History and politics, Economy and resources, People, Language, Tibetan Buddhism, Mythology and the arts, Saving Tibetan culture
Chapter 2 Practical Information
When to visit, Highlights, Touring strategy, Trip design/itineraries, Tour operators, Red tape, Getting there and away, What to take, Money and pricing, Budgeting, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Shopping, Entertainment, Photography, Media and communications, Cultural etiquette, Dealing with officialdom, Travelling positively
Chapter 3 Health and Safety
Before you go, Common health and safety problems in Tibet, Chinese medical facilities 120, Medevac
crews, Risky situations and evacuation, Safety and security, Women travellers, Travelling with a disability, Travelling with children, LGBT travellers
PART TWO THE GUIDE
Chapter 4 Lhasa
Secrets of the city 127, Getting there and away, Getting around, Tour agencies, Permits and paperwork, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Entertainment and nightlife, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do, Outskirts of Lhasa
Chapter 5 Exploring Central Tibet
North of Lhasa, Yarlung Valley
Chapter 6 Lhasa to Kathmandu
Th e greatest road route in High Asia, Gyantse, Shigatse, Shigatse to Tingri, Tingri, Tingrioverland to Kathmandu
Chapter 7 Star Treks
High-altitude forays to Everest, Kailash and beyond, Trekking in the Everest region, Shishapangma base camp treks, West Tibet, Ali and the Guge Kingdom, Th e Kailash region
Chapter 8 East Tibet, Kham and Amdo
Access to Chamdo Prefecture, East Tibet, within the TAR, Kham and Amdo: Tibet outside the TAR
Chapter 9 The Tibetan World
Tibet in exile, Tibetan kingdoms and fiefdoms
Appendix 1 Fauna Extraordinary
Appendix 2 Language and Useful Gestures
Appendix 3 Glossary
Appendix 4 Further Information