Why you should consider visiting Tibet

Go to Tibet and see many places, as much as you can; then tell the world.

The Dalai Lama

The Australia Tibet Council encourages people who are concerned about the rights of the Tibetan people, to visit Tibet and deepen their understanding of Tibet’s predicament.

Why you should consider visiting Tibet

Firstly, if you wish to understand more about Tibet, there is no substitute for visiting it, travelling it’s roads, talking to it’s people. Tibet is a real country, a real place. Quite simply, going there is the way to start finding out about Tibet.

Secondly, the more people from the outside world visit Tibet, the more difficult it is for China to persecute the Tibetan people. Without tourism, Tibet would effectively be hidden from the outside world, allowing China to implement it’s repressive policies in secret.

Geographical Basics

The name “Tibet” is often thought to mean only the Tibetan Autonomous Region (T.A.R) – a Chinese province. The Chinese government always uses the name with that meaning. However, less than half of the ethnically Tibetan regions governed by China lie within the T.A.R. Many of the best opportunities to experience Tibetan culture exist in the regions outside the T.A.R.Click to open image!

Several Australian based operators run tours to Tibet, most commonly to Lhasa and the T.A.R. Choice of operator and tour are critically important. ATC urges travellers to engage an operator who appreciates the unique cultural identity of the Tibetan people and the threats to it’s survival. You should discuss these matters with tour operators before engaging them.
Other sources of info: Lonely Planet’s Thorn Tree

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