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Transportation in Tibet

A transport network centered around Lhasa has taken shape in Tibet, covering various parts of Tibet.

Road conditions in Tibet have also improved significantly in recent years, especially in the cities and roads between big cities. Most of the famous sightseeing places have asphalt-paved road, such as the Lhasa area, Tsetang, Nyingchi, Gyangtse town, Shigatse, Chamdo, etc.

In Lhasa minibuses are the main means of transportation and it is easy to hire a taxi. Pedicabs are unique vehicles to tour around the city of Lhasa. Bikes can be easily hired at Lhasa at most hostels. Inside Tibet, there are now regular buses shuttling between major towns.

While getting to Lhasa is straightforward, transport to some remote mountain areas or other isolated religious destinations, such as Ngari prefecture, may not be convenient. Public bus routes are not developed like those you see in Beijing. The road gets bumpy and dusty. It will be even worse in rainy seasons. If you are going to those places, renting a good quality Land Cruiser from local travel agency is recommended. The price is judged by day. The conditions of minor roads are only passable by jeeps. Due to the rough road condition from Tingri to Everest Base Camp, 4WD plays main role for Everest Base Camp tours.

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