Introduction: Dangers&Annoyances in Tibet(1-1)
Dangers & Annoyances
Tibet is very poor and there is a small risk of theft when travelling here. Trekkers in the Everest region have reported problems with petty theft and pickpockets work parts of Lhasa. That said, Tibet is safer than most other provinces of China. If something of yours is stolen, you should report it immediately to the nearest foreign affairs branch of the PSB.
Step 1: Dangers&Annoyances in Tibet(1-2)
Being a devout Buddhist region, Tibet has a long tradition of begging for alms. It is unusual to sit down in a restaurant in Tibet without being pestered by women with babies in their arms, wizened old men, urchins dressed in rags, boy monks and even itinerant musicians. Often it is food that is being sought and restaurant owners seem to tolerate this - the instant you push your plate to one side (or get up to leave) anything remaining on it is likely to disappear.
Step 2: Dangers&Annoyances in Tibet(1-3)
Tibetans with money are generally very generous with beggars and usually hand out a couple of mao to anyone who requests it. If you do give, give the same amount Tibetans do; do not encourage beggars to make foreigners a special target by handing out large denominations. It's worth keeping all your small change in one pocket.
Step 3: Dangers&Annoyances in Tibet(1-4)
A series of clean-up campaigns in Lhasa and Shigatse has largely done away with the packs of rabid-looking dogs that used to make catching a predawn bus a frightening, even life-threatening experience. Dogs can still be a problem in other towns though, and you should be especially vigilant when exploring back streets or seeking out an obscure monastery. Hurling a few rocks in their direction will let them know you are not in the mood for company, while a hefty stick is good for action at close quarters. The most dangerous dogs belong to remote homesteads or nomad encampments and should be given an extremely wide berth.