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Tips for Avoiding Money Hassles on a 2014 Tour of Tibet

October 30, 2013 Tour Operator No Comments Email Email

Travelers are planning to tour Tibet in record numbers in 2014. Many will discover its natural beauty and charming cultural differences while overcoming the fun filled challenges of travelling in a foreign country.

While many of these challenges lead to unforgettable adventures, no one wants trouble when trying to access or use their hard earned money. Lhasa based Tibet travel agent Tibet Ctrip Travel Service-TCTS ( is helping travelers head off money related hassles by sharing some important travel tips.

    •     Plan on making nearly all purchases in cash. Credit cards are not accepted anywhere, with the exception of a few high-end hotels andgI_73176_You-are-welcome-to-join-Tibet-budget-tours-in-a-small-group retail outlets. However the Bank of China, in Lhasa, can process cash advances from many major credit cards. 
    •     Reliable ATMS are widely available and accept foreign ATM cards. If a particular bank’s ATM doesn’t accept an ATM card travelers are encouraged not to panic! Not all banks process foreign ATM transactions. Many have reported success using Bank of China and International Construction Bank of China ATMs. To avoid last minute headaches, alert banks of foreign transactions before leaving home. 
  •     The Chinese Yuan (RMB) is the local currency. For travelers arriving coming from Mainland China: be sure to spend Yuan coins before coming to Tibet, as shops and restaurants do typically not accept them. Those coming from outside can take advantage of currency exchange services; banks typically offer the best rates. 

Trouble while trying to access of use money when far away from home is nothing short of a nightmare; travelers who take time to familiarize themselves with using money in Tibet before arrival can head off a lot of trouble! The main thing to remember is that cash is that, in general, credit cards are not accepted in Tibet. For specific questions travelers are welcome to contact TCTS directly. With 2014 right around the corner it’s time to start planning a tour of Tibet.

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 Denver, Colorado USA. Devin Moore works to spread awareness of Tibet and its people through publishing Tibet travel information.

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