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July 13, 2013 DESTINATION No Comments Email Email

On a Tibet Tour, travelers are often enveloped in the excitement of foreign sights, sounds, and smells! Amidst all the excitement, travelers love to shop for authentic souvenirs but are often unaware of where to find the best quality for the best price.

Tibet tour shopping, you never know!

Tibet tour shopping, you never know!

To help travelers find the best deals Tibet Ctrip Travel Service-TCTS ( has released newly updated tips on what to buy, where to buy it, and how to bargain. For the overall best prices and quality, TCTS advises travelers to purchase souvenirs from Tibetan owned shops.

What to buy: All sorts of Tibetan arts and crafts are available for purchase; some of the most popular include prayer flags, hand made jewelry, and Tibetan carpets. Other souvenirs include incense, Thangka, and Tibetan Opera Masks. The list goes on and on, there is truly something for everyone! Travelers with a specific souvenir in mind can ask their native Tibetan guide for advice on finding the best quality for the best price.

Where to buy: Authentic souvenirs can be found throughout Tibet; however, the must-see shopping attraction is Barkhor Bazaar. Most Tibet travel itineraries allow time for travelers to search its hustling and bustling alleyways for the perfect souvenir! There is also a Tibetan market in Shigatse. Although the selection is smaller, prices are typically lower.

How to bargain: Bargaining for souvenirs is a must! For the most part items in shops or at souvenir stalls do not have set prices, bargaining is a normal part of shopping and doing business in Tibet. Foreigners who travel Tibet are often offered very high prices at first so its best to respond with an offer well below and negotiate from there. While travelers shouldn’t be afraid to walk away if the shopkeeper isn’t willing to budge, please be respectful and remember that a few RMB means much more to the shopkeeper than it would to most travelers.

Searching through the crowded alleyways of Barkhor Bazaar or browsing the souvenir stalls in Shigatse’s Tibetan Market can be a thrilling experience! For the best deals, travelers are advised to purchase arts and crafts from Tibetan owned shops. Not only do they provide higher quality goods but it also keeps money in the Tibetan community! TCTS’s native Tibetan guides are happy to provide advice on finding souvenirs and negotiating the price. With something to fit every interest and budget, be sure to pick up some souvenirs when travelling in Tibet.

Tibet travel agency TCTS Contact Address:
Post Address: Tibet Niwei International Travel Service, Co., Ltd (Niwei Building Room 302, No.13 North Linkuo Road, Lhasa, Tibet)
Tel/Fax (Lhasa area code):86-891-6342607, Mobile: 86-13628999610 (Tony), Post Code: 850000
Email: sales (at) tibetCtrip (dot) com, TibetCtrip (at) gmail (dot) com

Devin Moore provided this news release above on behalf of local Tibet tour agency TCTS ( Devin is a travel writer and independent economic analyst based in Springfield, Missouri USA. His economic research is currently focused on airfare pricing. Devin Moore works to spread awareness of Tibet and its people through publishing Tibet travel information.

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