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Anyone backpacking Tibet July 2009 ?

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1. Posted by Weizhen (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Hi, i'm looking for travel companion(s) to backpack in Tibet from July 09 till August 09.

Before that, i'll be visiting Hanoi (climbing mount fansipan) and then crossing over to Kunming (Lijiang, Dali, Shangrila) then up to Lhasa. I'm still in the midst of planning the itinerary. Anyone has done similar trips before, hope you're willing to share your travel experiences/itineraries with me.

At the same time, if you/ or friends are interested in travelling Tibet and/or Kunming together with me, feel free to drop me a message. I'll be more that delighted to hear from you !

Cheers,
Weizhen
Singapore

2. Posted by Yvekes (Respected Member 266 posts) 7y

Be sure you can even enter Tibet by then. On the website of the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs you can read this :

Gezien de gespannen politieke situatie in Tibet zal deze Chinese provincie minstens tot het einde van de maand maart gesloten zijn voor niet-Chinese toeristen. Ook de etnisch Tibetaanse regio's in de naburige provincies (Gansu, Sichuan, Qinghai en Yunnan) zijn ontoegankelijk voor buitenlanders.

Probably is's a bit easier in English for you :
Given the tense political situation in Tibet, this Chinese province will be closed at least until the end of March for non-Chinese tourists. The ethnic Tibetan areas in neighbouring provinces (Gansu, Sichuan, Qinghai and Yunnan) are inaccessible to foreigners too.

So, keep an eye on the situation!

3. Posted by Weizhen (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

I read from the news today "
A Tibetan monk is reported to have been shot by Chinese police after setting himself on fire in a one-man protest.". The situation isn't going too well, hopefully the tension will ease soon..

Btw, anyone here has tried to enter tibet successfully from kunming without any permit via their public bus ? I read it from http://guillop.free.fr/Tibet2004_story.htm and i was thinking of giving it a try. From what i read, the police/soldiers seem pretty lax on foreigners going into Tibet.

4. Posted by CasablancaChile (Inactive 43 posts) 7y

the easy way to enter the Tibet is via a tourist agency after booking a tour with them. They will get the permission for you as they can state exactly what your itinerary will be, where you are going to stay and when do you leave. I know, it's not exactly the idea of backpacking around, but it's an alternative.
I just booked my trip that way (a 6D-5N tour package, and hopefully will be there early May!)