Communication Facilities in Tibet

Postal Service

Please be informed that Postal services are slow in China and Tsetang, Gyantse and Shigatse and within each of these towns. Lhasa Hotel, Tibet hotel offers IDD communications, fax and telex services.

Telephone Service
There are telephone services between Lhasa and Tsetang, Gyantse and Shigatse and within each of these towns. Lhasa hotel, Tibet hotel offers IDD communications, fax and telex services.

Media
All newspapers are printed in Tibetan or Chinese and there are no foreign publications available. Chinese television presents short news programmed in English at 10 P.M. every evening. If you carry a short-wave radio, you can listen to BBC and VOA.

Electricity
Electricity is 220V, 50 cycles AC. Plugs come in at least four designs: three pronged angled pins (like in Australia) three-pronged round pins (like in Hong Kong), two flat pins (US style but without the ground wire) or two narrow round pins (European style), and three rectangular pins (British style).

Internet service
It is possible to send and receive emails in Lhasa, Shigatse, Tsetang, Ali and Chamdo, either in private Internet bars (which double as video arcades) or in the business centers of China Telecom offices. Most places charge around Y5 for an hour's Internet access.