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Travel Advice on Tibet Tour in May

May is a beautiful month for Tibetan plateau with towering snow-capped mountains, beautiful grassland full of vitality, warm sunshine, blue sky and colorful prayer flags. Here is some travel advice on Tibet tour in May.

Climate and weather of Tibet in May

The weather of Tibet in May is quite pleasant because the temperature rises a lot compared that in winter. But there is still a great temperature difference between the daytime and at night. The temperature of Tibet in May at the daytime is around 20 Celsius, but may drop to zero or lower at night. Besides, the temperature in mountain areas of Tibet or a higher place is still very low, especially at night. Therefore, it is best to prepare a warm coat, even down coat.

In addition, the dazzling sunshine and strong ultraviolet in May also required tourists to prepare the sunglasses and sun-blocking cream in advance. It is very dry in May on the Tibetan Plateau. Travelers need to drink enough water or take some fresh fruits during Tibet tour.

May—One of the Best time to Visit Tibet

In May, it rarely rains in Tibet and the visibility is pretty good. Tourists travelling to Tibet in May could enjoy a clear view of the majestic mountains in Tibet. May is one of the best season to see the world’s highest peaks in Tibet, Mt. Everest, the highest peak on earth, Namjagbarwa, the most beautiful mountain in China, such as Mt. Kailash.

If you want to travel to Lhasa, Nyingchi, Gyantse, Shigase, Yamdrok Lake, Namtso Lake, May is one of the best time to visit.

In general, May is the most suitable time to visit any places of Tibet due to the mild climate and beautiful natural and cultural landscape.

Tibetan Festival in May

Tsurphu Cham Dance Festival (17th, May)
Cham dance, also called Qiangmu in Tibetan language, is one of the major events in summer dharma assembly at Tsurphu Monastery. It’s a traditional religious dance performed by Tibetan Buddhists. The ceremony has already been hold for thousands of years and varied with specific contents. Monks would wear robes with masks on and equip themselves with colorful ribbons and shields. The instruments change from tupan to suona.

Saga Dawa Festival (21st, May)
Saga Dawa Festival is one of the holiest festivals for Tibetan Buddhists as three memorable events coincide on the same day: Sakyamuni’s birth, enlightenment and nirvana. A swarm of sincere Tibetan Buddhists would circle around Jokhang Monastery and Barkhor Street for celebration. If you are planning for a Tibet Festival Tour, May is a good choice to have a close eye to Tibetan traditional culture or just to the 2016 Tibetan festival calendar to decide your travel time.( http://www.tibettravel.org/news/2016-tibetan-festivals-calendar.html)

What to pack in Tibet May Tour

Identification: ID card, passport, visa, Tibet permit;
Clothes: spring clothing, down coat, outdoor jacket, long-sleeved shirt;
Articles: sunscreen cream, sunhat, sunglasses, lipstick, cup;
Others: camera, CNY cash, wash supplies.

Tips for Tibet Travel in May

a. It is quite easy to apply for Tibet permit for a tour to Tibet in May since the restriction on group size and nationality has been removed. Even if you are travelling alone, it is easy to get Tibet permit. You can have your own small groups or just join a Tibet Tour group for you have a tight budget or want to share the cost with other travelers.

b. To ensure travel to Tibet in your available time, you’d better book train tickets two months ahead of your schedule.

c. May is the beginning of Tibet’s tourism peak season and the number of visitors to Tibet in 2016 will keep increasing since the end of April due to the May Holiday falling on the first week of May. Foreigners are highly recommended to avoid travelling to Tibet in the first week.

d. Treat altitude stress positively. Once you have symptom of altitude stress, you’d better drink water frequently and rest or take drugs in necessary.

e. When taking photos, especially figure of Buddha and monastery, you need to notice that there is any forbidden of photograph out of respect for Tibetan custom.

Master Catherine Jigme

About the Author - Master Catherine Jigme

With exceptional passion and outstanding leadership, Mrs. Catherine has dedicated herself to Tibet inbound tourism and China tour for 15 years. As one of the handful females who see great potential of Chinese inbound tourism, Catherine has made great contribution to promoting Tibet tourism and enhancing the employment of Tibetans and prosperity of local Tibetan community.

Over the years, she travelled overseas with Tibet Tourism Bureau many times to promote Tibet tourism. Currently, Catherine works as the marketing director of Tibet Vista, an opinion leader behind the whole team of Tibet Vista.

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