The Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, China
Working for a travel company, people often ask me where they should visit in China. While it always depends on the season and the situation, right now I’ve got a clear favorite: Tibet.
Normally, May – September is peak tourist season in Tibet, yet this year travel to this region has diminished considerably, due to factors like visa restrictions and the March riots (People’s Daily).
However, our local partner on the ground in Lhasa has told us that most sites in Tibet are open and ready for visitors, with the Drepung Monastery just re-opened today in time for the annual Shoton Festival.
There have always been guidelines for traveling to Tibet – foreigners must have a guide at all times, can only stay at star-rated hotels, and need proper permits – but these are easily met, and the breathtaking landscape and incredible people make this trip unforgettable.
If you’re interested in traveling to Tibet, check out a sample AsiaTravel itinerary here.