The Taboos and Customs You Should Know About When Traveling in Tibet


1. There are many religious buildings in the Tibetan areas, which include temples, white pagodas, and incense bur...

1. There are many religious buildings in the Tibetan areas, which include temples, white pagodas, and incense burner. They cannot be climbed on, and one should not walk around it in a counterclockwise fashion (except for Bonismo religion in Danba and Jiulong).

2. The prayer flags are also holy. If there is a prayer flag on the ground, Tibetans will lift it up and walk under the flag.

3. Most temples forbid the taking of pictures. Please follow the rules.

4. On the side of the mountain and the bank of river, you can see many colorful carved Buddha statues and buddhist scripture; you must not step on them. Do not take away the small carved stones.

5. Many people in the Tibetan areas live in harmony with wild animals. Therefore, animals are not afraid of people. Please do not harm animals there.

6. The Tibetans thought that the Buddha settled on the head of people, so touching their heads is taboo.

7. The Tibetans are forbidden from urinate along the springs flowing under the rocks, because they think the dragon god lives there and if the place is stained, the dragon god will be angry and make you sick.

8. There are special rules when offering the Khata to others. To elders or superiors: the Khata will be put on the table or passed on by the third person. To the peers: one must use both hands to hand over the Khata to the receiver’s hands. To the younger generation: one can put the Khata directly on their necks.

9. If you want to take photos or shot videos, you must ask people for permission. If the person refuses it, please respect their wishes.

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