by Michael Buckley


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About this book

Exploring ethnic Tibet independently is a challenge. With the 'land of snows' having some of the wildest and roughest road routes in high Asia, motoring, mountain-biking and trekking options are all given due attention in this new edition. High quality, numerous maps set this guide apart from other guides on Tibet and the trekking section has been expanded to include more on the main treks, including Everest Base Camp, Genden to Samye, Namtso trek and Kailiash region treks. Particular attention has been paid to the Amdo and Kham regions, not usually covered in guidebooks. Political and cultural issues make Tibet a sensitive destination for Westerners, so Michael Buckley's authoritative advice includes guidelines on cultural etiquette, local customs, and travelling with minimum impact on the culture and environment. The chapter on language includes a section covering Tibetan script.

About the author

Michael Buckley is an experienced adventure traveller and author. He has explored Central Asia extensively. He is author of a number of books about Tibet, profiled at his website, www.himmies.com and also filmmaker for two short documentaries about Tibet (see www.WildYakFilms.com).

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'The most thumbed of all my books on Tibet.A must-read.' Michael Palin
'An authoritative guidebook which gives one a genuine feel for the Tibet of today.... I strongly recommend this guide.' Tibet Society

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Review by Saheli Sarkar
The Bradt guidebook for Tibet was wonderful! Very handy for detailedinformation about people, places, monasteries and accomodations. The historyof Tibet was accurately represented and one gets a clear idea about theChinese repression going on in this country of peace-loving, devout people.
(Posted on 11/04/2011)
Review by Sacha Hannah
A brilliant book, very well written and with practical advice.
(Posted on 12/03/2010)
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Exceptionally good. Refreshing to find such a forthright attitude to China.' Julie Royle
(Posted on 25/09/2009)
Review by Corinne Severin
First of all, LOVE your book on Tibet. The first one I bought on Tibet andI'm glad I did!
(Posted on 12/01/2009)

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(1) Introduction
(2) 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
(3) 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
(4) Chapter 3 Health and Safety
Before you go, Common health and safety problems in Tibet, Chinese medical facilities, Medevac crews, Risky situations and evacuation, Safety and security, Women travellers, Disabled travellers, Travelling with children, Gay travellers
(5) Chapter 4 Lhasa
Secrets of the city, Getting there and away, Getting around, Pre-arranged tour agencies, Permits and paperwork, Where to stay, Where to eat, Entertainment and nightlife, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see, Outskirts of Lhasa
(6) Chapter 5 Exploring Central Tibet
North of Lhasa, Yarlung Valley
(7) Chapter 6 Lhasa to Kathmandu
The greatest road route in High Asia, Gyantse, Shigatse, Shigatse to Tingri, Tingri, Tingri to Kathmandu
(8) Chapter 7 Star Treks
High-altitude forays to Everest, Kailash and beyond, Trekking in the Everest region, Shishapangma base-camp trek, West Tibet, Ali and the Guge Kingdom, The Kailash region
(9) Chapter 8 East Tibet, Kham and Amdo
East Tibet, within the TAR, Kham and Amdo: Tibet outside the TAR
(10) Chapter 9 The Tibetan World
Tibet in exile, Tibetan kingdoms and fiefdoms
(11) Appendix 1 Fauna Extraordinary
(12) Appendix 2 Language and Useful Gestures
(13) Appendix 3 Glossary
(14) Appendix 4 Further Information
(15) Index

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