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    Quote Originally Posted by SK1968 View Post
    Just a quick update for those who may be interested. I checked with the agency, the max group size is 20 and they already have 12 or 13 right now. Looks like it is a go and I am looking forward to it
    Just called the Singapore agency for information and was told that they will be conducting a pre-tour briefing to be hosted by an Operation Manager from Tibet. We are encourage to attend the briefing so that we can find out first hand information regarding Tibet.

    The briefing will be held at the agency on 1 Mar 2011 from 7 pm onwards. Do call up if you are keen.

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    sorry to hijack your thread but it is for a good cause and dun want fellow CSers to accidentially book the tickets there during this period..

    from:
    http://www.chinahighlights.com/news/...tibet-2011.htm

    Tibet Closed for Visit from March to May 2011
    Tibet is always a hot destination for travelers from both home and abroad. Because 2011 is the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Tibet Autonomous Region, the local government will hold many receptions and celebrations in large scale in March and May. In consideration to the support for carrying out these activities smoothly, Tibet is closed for visit from March to May, 2011. We suggest visitors make schedule for traveling Tibet avoiding these three months.


    (this is my 2nd time again liao (going in mid-may) and the last one in 2008, also cannot go in). we chose wrong dates again, it's my fate...
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    Quote Originally Posted by LOTUSfairy View Post
    sorry to hijack your thread but it is for a good cause and dun want fellow CSers to accidentially book the tickets there during this period..

    from:
    http://www.chinahighlights.com/news/...tibet-2011.htm

    Tibet Closed for Visit from March to May 2011
    Tibet is always a hot destination for travelers from both home and abroad. Because 2011 is the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Tibet Autonomous Region, the local government will hold many receptions and celebrations in large scale in March and May. In consideration to the support for carrying out these activities smoothly, Tibet is closed for visit from March to May, 2011. We suggest visitors make schedule for traveling Tibet avoiding these three months.


    (this is my 2nd time again liao (going in mid-may) and the last one in 2008, also cannot go in). we chose wrong dates again, it's my fate...
    Tks. Pls ignore my PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SK1968 View Post
    Tks. Pls ignore my PM.
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    tension is normally high during anniversary period,
    even you can travel there, a lot of places might be out of bound
    so it's best to avoid if possible



    Quote Originally Posted by LOTUSfairy View Post
    sorry to hijack your thread but it is for a good cause and dun want fellow CSers to accidentially book the tickets there during this period..

    from:
    http://www.chinahighlights.com/news/...tibet-2011.htm

    Tibet Closed for Visit from March to May 2011
    Tibet is always a hot destination for travelers from both home and abroad. Because 2011 is the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Tibet Autonomous Region, the local government will hold many receptions and celebrations in large scale in March and May. In consideration to the support for carrying out these activities smoothly, Tibet is closed for visit from March to May, 2011. We suggest visitors make schedule for traveling Tibet avoiding these three months.


    (this is my 2nd time again liao (going in mid-may) and the last one in 2008, also cannot go in). we chose wrong dates again, it's my fate...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweeper View Post
    tension is normally high during anniversary period,
    even you can travel there, a lot of places might be out of bound
    so it's best to avoid if possible
    but thanks for the advice

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweeper View Post
    tension is normally high during anniversary period,
    even you can travel there, a lot of places might be out of bound
    so it's best to avoid if possible
    i know this sounds so wrong..
    but if I can go in, the excitement is ooooo....
    its not we see everyday...
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    Quote Originally Posted by LOTUSfairy View Post
    i know this sounds so wrong..
    but if I can go in, the excitement is ooooo....
    its not we see everyday...
    And what do you expect to see?

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    If your plan is still on after the Tibet closure is over, your may wanna think about going to Tibet via Nepal, Kathmandu. I have never travel to Tibet via Chengdu but I did it before via Kathmandu. I'm sure Kathmandu can provide you another level of excitement and experience, especially if your trip is a photography trip. I still keep my itinerary but needs time to find. If you are interested, I can PM you.

    Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bruggink View Post
    If your plan is still on after the Tibet closure is over, your may wanna think about going to Tibet via Nepal, Kathmandu. I have never travel to Tibet via Chengdu but I did it before via Kathmandu. I'm sure Kathmandu can provide you another level of excitement and experience, especially if your trip is a photography trip. I still keep my itinerary but needs time to find. If you are interested, I can PM you.

    Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daoyin View Post
    And what do you expect to see?
    celebrations, colours, people, family warmth, cultural and prayers of massive scale, erhh. to the bad side, chaos, expression, anger, and lots of photojournalism photos if I manage to get?/

    oh well, just a thought, why not? photo opportunities dun come twice ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by LOTUSfairy View Post
    celebrations, colours, people, family warmth, cultural and prayers of massive scale, erhh. to the bad side, chaos, expression, anger, and lots of photojournalism photos if I manage to get?/

    oh well, just a thought, why not? photo opportunities dun come twice ...
    those celebration are many government organised ... not really related to culture
    you will only see military police , police, army, undercover, lots of them
    with places out of bound

    their petrol size during peace team is a platoon with automatic rifle ,
    can't imagine during the tense period

    DO NOT even think about photographing the military personal at anytime ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweeper View Post
    those celebration are many government organised ... not really related to culture
    you will only see military police , police, army, undercover, lots of them
    with places out of bound

    their petrol size during peace team is a platoon with automatic rifle ,
    can't imagine during the tense period

    DO NOT even think about photographing the military personal at anytime ...
    ouch...then maybe i should postpone my trip to June then..
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    Quote Originally Posted by sweeper View Post
    those celebration are many government organised ... not really related to culture
    you will only see military police , police, army, undercover, lots of them
    with places out of bound

    their petrol size during peace team is a platoon with automatic rifle ,
    can't imagine during the tense period

    DO NOT even think about photographing the military personal at anytime ...
    Heng I come across this thread. I was thinking of going there in May/ June as well.
    Nice information!

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    Quote Originally Posted by weird View Post
    Heng I come across this thread. I was thinking of going there in May/ June as well.
    Nice information!
    I am keeping my fingers crossed...cos the boss of the tour agent from Tibet side came down last Monday and told us everything should be ok. I hope he is not saying that just to pocket our money

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    SK1968, hope May is okay to visit.. i saw your itinerary... we might even cross path at Tibet
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    Sk1968,
    A few months late in reading this thread.. how wonderful that you can spend two weeks in Tibet.. !!!.... really wish I can join you.. but 1. cant spend 2 whole weeks, 2. have to be back on the 19th May.. if there are other plans in the future.. will be keen to know..

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    Hi, sorry for hijacking this thread.

    Below is my proposed itinerary in June 2011, any feedback anyone can provide will be very much appreciated.
    So excited about this dream trip!!


    Day 01 : Arrival in Lhasa by train from Chengdu (hopefully i can get the tickets!)
    Arrival in Lhasa station by train late afternoon, will be received and transfer to hotel in Lhasa

    Day 02/03 : Lhasa Sightseeing
    Visiting the magnificent Potala palace, Derpung monastery (the once largest Buddhist learning centers in Tibet, once it housed more than 10,0000 monks ), the Sera monastery where we visit the monks debating, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama and the most sacred shrine in Tibet Jokhang temple and the Barkhor which is most popular market and sacred walk for all Tibetans, in Lhasa stay ( 3650m )

    Day 04 : Day trip to Ganden monastery
    Drive Lhasa to Ganden monastery, touring the monastery, option to do a 3 to 4 hrs trek crossing Ganden ridge to Trup Shi village where we can visit a local Tibetan family for some local drinks and snacks or we can walk the scenic Kora around the monastery which is about 45minutes, then meet our driver and drive to Taktse where we cross the Lhasa Kyi Chu river and drive to Drak Yerpa caves, visit and then later in the day we drive back to Lhasa, over night stay in Lhasa

    Day 05 : Lhasa - Yamdrok lake - Gyangtse - Shigatse 345kms / 9hrs
    Leaving Lhasa and the Kyi Chu valley towards the Khampa la pass ( 4730metres ), at the pass we have a short break for stunning views of some major white peaks in the eastern regions of Himalaya to the south and the young Norjing Gang Sang spiritual snow mountain range to the west across the turquise colored waving waters of Yamdrok lake, descending from the pass down close to the lake and driving passing the local nomadic and farming villages as far as to the western edge of Yamdrok lake, then we cross Karo la pass ( 5050metres ), arrival in Gyangtse afternoon, visit the Palkhor Chode monastery including the Kumbum stupa ( the only survival with such distinctive structure and the thousands of art works ) and then drive to Shigatse, hotel stay

    Day 06 : Shigatse - Shekar - Rombuk 330kms / 9hrs
    Leaving Shigatse town, Drive continue west on the friendship high way to Shekar, crossing Gyawu la passs where we have panoramic view of the greatest part of the Himalaya, continue overland trip to Romuk, afternoon excursion to Everest base camp ( Hiking from Rombuk monastery up to Everest base camp and back ), spend late afternoon in Rombuk and Everest base camp, over night at Rombuk monastery guest house or tented guest house in Za Rombuk ( 5000m )

    Day 07 : Rombuk - Shigatse / 330kms / 9hrs
    After breakfast, we enjoy the sun-rising over Mt. Everest, further excursión and enjoy the scenery, late morning we leave Everest, head back to Shigatse on the friendship-highway, we arrive in Shigatse in the evening, hotel stay in Shigatse ( 3800m )

    Day 08 : Shigatse - Namtso lake 315kms / 9hrs
    Leaving Shigatse, taking the scenic Northern road, crossing Shuga la pass, with stops at local farming villages and Nomadic families and also a stop at Yangpachen hot-spring, drive on to Tashi Dor at Namtso lake, enjoy the late afternoon at Namtso lake with the spectacular sun-set view of the Namtso lake and the Nyanchen Thangla range, over night at Tashi Dor guest house ( 4600m )

    Day 09 : Namtso lake - Lhasa / 250kms / 4hrs
    Spend the morning at the lake, enjoy the sun-rising and hike around the Tashi Dor hermitage cave chapels and the hills there, at noon drive to Lhasa, late afternoon free around in Lhasa, hotel stay ( 3600m )

    Day 10 : Lhasa departure
    Transfer to airport for flight back to Chengdu

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    Quote Originally Posted by LOTUSfairy View Post
    SK1968, hope May is okay to visit.. i saw your itinerary... we might even cross path at Tibet
    So you booked the same period ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClemC View Post
    Sk1968,
    A few months late in reading this thread.. how wonderful that you can spend two weeks in Tibet.. !!!.... really wish I can join you.. but 1. cant spend 2 whole weeks, 2. have to be back on the 19th May.. if there are other plans in the future.. will be keen to know..
    Ah, not too late. We will see if there are other places to cheong next time

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