Tibet is a vast country covering three provinces of Amdo, Kham, and U-Tsang. Amdo was split by China to form parts of the Chinese provinces of Qinghai, Gansu and Sichuan. Kham is largely incorporated in the provinces of Sichuan, Yunnan and Qinghai, and U-Tsang, together with western Kham, is today referred to by China as the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). A common misunderstanding for tourists wishing to go to Tibet is the notion that Tibet is only the Tibet Autonomous Region.
A great number of Tibetans support tourism because it constitutes a means by which the outside world can learn of conditions in Tibet and the aspirations of Tibetans. Tibetans regard the presence of foreigners in Tibet as a source of hope, and the Dalai Lama encourages people to travel to Tibet and bear witness to the suffering of the Tibetans under repressive Chinese policies and to act on this information on their return.
Tibet Network and our Member Groups recommend that you ensure you are prepared for your trip by appraising yourself of the sensitive political situation that you will find. We highly recommend that all tourists make an effort to ensure, as far as possible, that their visit benefits Tibetans in Tibet during their stay (see below), and that they continue to support the Tibetan people by joining a Tibet organisation when they return.
Find below a number of Travel Guides To Tibet