Coins Are Not Accepted by Tibetans
If you are planning a Tibet tour, you need to prepare some small change, but not coins because coins are not accepted by Tibetans. The reason why Tibetan people do not coins is not very clear. Different people have different opinions about it, mainly as follows:
A) Coins do not circulate in Tibet because there are no Tibetan words on coins. In fact, Tibetan words can be found on all paper money, even on the 10-cent notes in China, but not on coins. However, others argue that this does not hold water, because not many Tibetans know the written language.
B) Public transportation is not advanced in Tibet, so coins cannot be used for its most popular purpose as a ticket replacement as in other cities in China.
C) Coins are not easy to carry around. The large pocket of the Tibetan robe is too big to store small items such as coins.