Tibet Useful Contact Information
Communication conditions are greatly improved in Tibet now and it makes communication much easier than before.
Following are some useful contact information and telephone numbers in Tibet.
Major towns in Tibet have hospitals with basic facilities. Western pharmaceutical treatment, Tibetan herbal remedies and Chinese herbal remedies are also accessible.
The People's Hospital of Tibet Autonomous
Emergency Treatment Center
Tibetan Traditional Hospital (Mentsikhang)
People's Hospital of Lhasa
People's Hospital of Autonomous
The Second People's Hospital of Tibet
Tibetan Hospital of
the Autonomous Region
Epidemic Prevention Station of Lhasa
Note: Better hospital service and facilities can only be accessed in Chengdu and other major cities.
There are several financial institutions in Tibet, such as the stations of central bank, and the branch offices of China Agriculture Bank, Industry and Commerce Bank, Bank of China, China Construction Bank, Tibet Autonomous Region Trust and Investment Co., and City Trust Agency, as well as postal savings service. The number of financial institutes is around 600. They cover all the cities, towns, agricultural locations and ranches in the region.
Bank of China, Construction Bank and Agriculture Bank set their branches in Lhasa. Agriculture Bank has the most banking outlets and branches of Construction Bank have been connected with a network. There's a branch of Construction Bank at the west junction of the square of the Potala Palace. The ATM has been hooked up to the network and cash can be drawn with credit cards there.
Renminbi (RMB) is the currency in Tibet. Only the Bank of China offers foreign exchange services and facilities in Tibet and certain up market hotels (Lhasa Hotel, the former Holiday Inn, and Tibet Hotel).
Bank of China
All the Bank of China accepts all cash travelers' checks, but only the main office offers cash advances on major credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, Diners Club and Amex).
Address: No. 28 Lingkhor North Road (north of the Yak Statue),
Address 1: Beijing East Road, Lhasa, Tibet (between Kirey Hotel
and Banak Shol Hotel)
Address 2: Near the Shigatse Hotel, Shigatse, Tibet. This bank can provide travelers' checks exchange services also.
Opening Hours: 9:00 am to 12:00 am; 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
The Tibetan phone system is reliable. Phone calls can be made from public telephone booths with IC cards or in Telecommunication Centers. There are two Telecommunication Centers in Lhasa, one opposite the Yin Qiao Hotel and the other at the west end of Beijing Dong Lu. IP card service connecting most China cities and many countries is also available in Lhasa.A three minute call (to the UK or US ) will cost approx. RMB 20 from a telephone centre or with a prepaid phone card can be bought from shops, hotels and kiosks.
Mobile phone services are available in Lhasa and other major towns. Pagers and mobile phones with roaming function also provide tourists with a convenient alternative form of communication.
International mail service is available at the post offices next to the Telecommunication Centers. The postal service is good and stamps are available everywhere. An overseas stamp for a postcard will cost approximately RMB 5.
There are dozens of internet cafes in Lhasa. The cost is usually RMB 4 – 8 per hour.The internet service in the Makye Ame Restaurant and the Barkhor cafe are examples. In Chamdo, Ngari and Yadong there are also a number of other internet cafes. More Internet accesses:
Huiren Internet Café
NOTE: Although this information is correct at the time of our web publication, it is still advised that you call the phone number and confirm the address before going to the venue because some venues may have changed their telephone numbers or address locations.